Hatters Still On The Mark
As the Men in Blazers would say, we are now sixteen forty sixths of the way through the Sky Bet League Two season, or a third of the way as most would say.
As we take a break for an FA Cup First Round Proper tie with Newport County, Wycombe Wanderers sit atop the league on 32 points, on the back of just a single loss in their last thirteen games. Local rivals, Luton Town, yielded their own place at the top after a 1-1 draw with Exeter City on Saturday.
The Hatters have been on a similar run, with only a second half Tom Nichols penalty ending a run of seven consecutive league wins. Luton's five wins from five in October lead to both Sky Bet Football League monthly awards finding their way to the club's Ely Way training ground.
The run has coincided with the upturn in form of Mark Cullen. The former Hull City striker went a full month without finding the net after his opening day winner at Carlisle, but four goals in the last five games led to Cullen picking up the PFA player of the month for October.
Luton fans spent much of the summer reeling over the loss of Andre Gray to Brentford, wondering where the goals would come from.
Manager of the Month for October, John Still, didn't bring in a replacement for the 30-goal marksman, believing that The Hatters had enough talent up front to cope with Gray's departure.
On October 21st, not a single fan at Kenilworth Road left with any emotion spared on Andre Gray, as Cullen score the perfect hat-trick - a left footed shot, a right footed shot and a header - to lead the Bedfordshire side past Dagenham & Redbridge.
Town also kept 23 clean sheets in their victorious Conference campaign. The defence are pulling their weight, keeping a similar pace thus far with six shutouts.
This is already Mark Cullen's best season statistically, but with only three players contributing more than one goal, the 22 year-old frontman may have to vastly exceed his present records for the Hatters to achieve their goal of back-to-back promotions.
One place where everyone in performing, is in the stands.
The Hatters are maintaining an average home attendance of 8,596, putting them second behind Portsmouth. Pompey are also the only team with a better away following than Luton's 1084, as the Hatters are taking the home advantage on the road.
With four chances for promotion from League Two, and John Still's 'controlling the controllables' mantra being practised by players and fans alike, Kenilworth Road is looking good for another celebration in May.