Cherries begin promotion party

24 April 2010 05:36
Bournemouth clinched promotion from League Two courtesy of second-half goals from Brett Pitman and a late strike from sub Alan Connell away at Burton Albion. Meanwhile, Rotherham kept their play-off hopes alive courtesy of a first-half Kevin Ellison goal which secured a 1-0 win away at Barnet, who remain in danger of the drop. Second-half strikes from Scott Donnelly, with a penalty, and Dean Morgan secured a vital 2-0 win for Aldershot away at Cheltenham which keeps the Shots well placed in the race for a play-off place, while fellow-play-off hopefuls Bury were beaten 1-0 away at Lincoln, with Davide Somma scoring a late winner which seals the Imps' future in the division. Already-promoted Rochdale went down 2-1 at Edgar Street, with Craig King and Ryan Valentine netting for Hereford and Gary Jones scoring for the visitors. Dagenham & Redbridge lost 1-0 away at Morecambe with Darren Moss scoring the winner at Christie Park, while Chesterfield and Bradford City played out a 1-1 draw at Saltergate courtesy of second-half goals from Ishmel Demontagna for the the Spireites and Gareth Evans for the Bantams. The game also saw the visitors' sub Omar Daley receive a red card. First-half goals from Marc Richards and Kris Taylor were enough to secure a 2-1 home win for Port Vale against the already promoted Notts County, who scored once courtesy of a Graeme Lee strike. Northampton also sealed a home win, with Billy McKay and sub Kevin Thornton netting against Shrewsbury, with the Shrews failing to muster a reply. Calvin Zola bagged a brace, one in each half, as Crewe thrashed Accrington Stanley at Gresty Road. Clayton Donaldson, Ashley Westwood and Joel Grant were also on the scoresheet, all in the second-half, while even Stanley's strike came from a Crewe player, courtesy of John Brayford's second-half own-goal. Stanley also had goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin sent off in the second half. Torquay won their home fixture with Macclesfield after a late winner from Nicky Wroe secured the Gulls a 1-0 win, while Grimsby Town kept alive their survival hopes, winning 2-0 away at Darlington courtesy of goals from Oliver Lancashire and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

Source: ESA