League One Review - April 1st

01 April 2013 09:11
Here's our take on the bank holiday action around League One as the issues at both ends of the take start taking shape.

The game of the day in League One came at the Keepmoat where 8106 turned out to see Doncaster Rovers edge Swindon Town out with a single goal win. The all important goal came in the 80th minute through McCombe when the game seemed to be heading for a draw. The win keeps Donny top, leaving the Robins with work to do just to make the play-offs. Doncaster Rovers 1st, Swindon Town 5th.

Keeping pace at the top are AFC Bournemouth who recorded a 1-0 win of the own by edging relation threatened Scunthorpe United out at Dean Court. The only goal came in the 11th minute thanks to Pitman, who netted his 5th goal in successive matches. The win tightens the Cherries' grip on an automatic promotion place, while Scunny are heading in the wrong direction. AFC Bournemouth 2nd, Scunthorpe United 21st.

Brentford lost ground on the top-2 as Franchise FC inflicted a morale damaging 2-0 defeat on the Bees. Goals from Bowditch (14th min) and Gleeson (85th min) kept the play-off hopes of Franchise flickering. Franchise FC 10th, Brentford 3rd.

Sheffield United, even with their 3 games in hand on some of their rivals in the top-6 were thwarted by Carlisle United at Bramhall Lane as the Cumbrians battled their way to a 0-0 draw, even when they were reduced to 10-men in the 74th minute. Sheffield United 4th, Carlisle United 18th.

Yeovil Town are back in the top-6 with their first win in 12 following a 2-1 win over Notts County who saw their slight play-off ambitions all but snuffed out at Meadow Lane. Madden gave the Glovers the lead just before the break only to see Judge level from the penalty spot just after the re-start. Dolan scored what proved to be the winner in the 52nd minute. Notts County 11th, Yeovil Town 6th.

Tranmere Rovers slipped out of the play-off places as Portsmouth managed to claim a single goal win at Fratton Park. Connolly managed to score the winner 8 minutes in to the second half to secure the win. Portsmouth 22nd, Tranmere Rovers 7th.

Poor Coventry City. Deducted 10-points last week and demolished 4-0 by West Midland neighbours Walsall at Bescot as the Saddlers edge ever closer to a top-6 finish. Goals from Paterson (33rd & 87th mins) and Westcarr (54th min pen & 74th min) sealed the win to keep the Saddlers to within 3-points of the play-offs. Walsall 8th, Coventry City 14th.

Leyton Orient kept their play-off hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Bury at Brisbane Road as goals from Smith (9th min) and Mooney (34th min) sealed a vital 3-points, while Bury are left with an 8-point deficit to make up in the last 5 matches to survive. Leyton Orient 9th, Bury 23rd.

Crewe Alexandra managed to pip Preston North End to the points at Gresty Road as Inman scored the only goal to secure the win in the 32nd minute. Crewe Alexandra 12th, Preston North End 16th.

Shrewsbury Town boosted their survival chances with a decent 3-0 win over Crawley Town at the New Meadow. A hat trick from Eaves in the 48th, 67th and 85th minute sealed victory. Shrewsbury Town 17th, Crawley Town 13th.

Stevenage Borough managed to claim a 1-0 over Hartlepool United for their returning manager at Broadhall Way as Ehmer netted in the 76th minute. Stevenage Borough 15th, Hartlepool United 24th.

Two relegation threatened sides came head to head at Boundary Park where Oldham Athletic and Colchester United cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw. Wright gave ColU the lead in the 20th minute, with Baxter levelling in the 68th minute. Oldham Athletic 20th, Colchester United 19th.

Source: Cherries MAD