Tranmere Rovers managed to bring to an end the rot that had set in over the past few weeks with a 2-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Hartlepool United at Victoria Road. Rovers took the lead in the 79th minute, courtesy of a Robinson penalty, with Stockton sealing the win with a 90th minute strike. Hartlepool United 24th, Tranmere Rovers 1st.
Sheffield United had, temporarily climbed to top spot, but were held 0-0 by Swindon Town at The County Ground. Swindon Town 7th, Sheffield United 2nd.
After their recent wobble, Stevenage Borough bounced back in convincing style, beating Yeovil Town 3-1 at Huish Park. Morais gave Borough a flying start with a 2nd minute strike, which was quickly cancelled out by Madden for the Glovers 4 minutes later. Akins (48th min) and Dunne (63rd min) sealed the victory with second half strikes. Yeovil Town 11th, Stevenage Borough 3rd.
Putting this next match in to context, a year or two ago, Coventry City v Crawley Town would have been down as a home win on any coupon. This season, with the way things are shaping up, an away win would have been the more likely outcome. Therefore a 3-1 home win must go down as a slight shock result! Goals from Fleck (9th min) and McGoldrick on the stroke of half time gave Cov a 2-goal cushion. Clarke pulled one back for Crawley 11 minutes after the restart before McGoldrick put the result beyond doubt with a 65th minute strike. Coventry City 19th, Crawley Town 4th.
They might be poor at home, but Notts County certainly know how to win on their travels. Their latest success away from Meadow Lane came at Colchester United as goals from Bishop (17th min) and Judge (44th min) sealed the points. Colchester United 13th, Notts County 5th.
Doncaster Rovers surprisingly slipped at home against Crewe Alexandra at the Keepmoat as Dalla Valle (5th min) and Pogba (71st min) sealed the points for the Alex. Doncaster Rovers 6th, Crewe Alexandra 14th.
Franchise FC managed to edge Leyton Orient at Stadium:Franchise with a single Lowe goal in the 41st minute. Franchise FC 8th, Leyton Orient 20th.
Brentford kept in touch with the play-off places with a decent 1-0 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park. The only goal coming from Donaldson in the 9th minute. Portsmouth 17th, Brentford 9th.
Preston North End were held at home by Carlisle United at Deepdale. Garner had given the Cumbrians the lead in the 31st minute, from the penalty spot, only to see Cummins rescue a point in the 94th minute. Preston North End 10th, Carlisle United 15th.
AFC Bournemouth maintained their recent up turn in form with a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town at Dean Court. Daniels gave the Cherries the lead within 3 minutes, with McQuoid doubling the score line by the 6th minute. A Richards penalty reduced the deficit in the 14th minute but it wasn't enough to salage a point. AFC Bournemouth 12th, Shrewsbury Town 21st.
Bury have seen a recent improvement in fortunes, their latest success coming against near neighbours Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. Tarkowski put past his own keeper in the 34th minute to give Bury the lead, with Schumacher scoring a penalty to double the advantage. A Simpson consolation in the 93rd minute was just that - a consolation. Oldham Athletic 18th, Bury 23rd.
Scunthorpe United, under new managership, have come out fighting, with a convincing 4-1 over Walsall at Bescot even with 10-men for a full 45 minutes. Goals from Canavan (13th min) and Duffy (30th min) gave Borough a 2-goal cushion before Prutton saw red on the stoke of half time. After the break the one-way traffic continued as Canavan completed his brace in the 50th minute and Clarke more than sealed the win with a goal in the 75th minute. Walsall's consolation came from Grigg in the 92nd minute. Walsall 16th, Scunthorpe United 22nd.
Source: Cherries MAD