League One Review - April 2nd
Here's our weekly round up of the weekend action around League One as the home straight comes in to view. Brighton & Hove Albion couldn't quite manage a 9th straight win, being pegged back by Rochdale at Spotland. Dale took the lead in the 22nd minute through Atkinson, but this spurred the Seagulls in to action as Wood levelled from the penalty spot 7 minutes later and then Dicker put the Sussex side in to the lead 6 minutes after the re-start. A Jones penalty for Dale in the 71st minute made sure that the points were shared. The win leaves the Seagulls just 7 points away from automatic promotion and 11 away from claiming the title. Rochdale 7th, Brighton & Hove Albion 1st. Huddersfield Town managed to close the gap on the league leaders, while maintaining their claim to the second automatic promotion place with a 2-0 away win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. Afobe (39th min) and Novak (87th min) claimed the points to keep the Terriers on track. Tranmere Rovers 18th, Huddersfield Town 2nd. South Coast Club continue to press their claim for an automatic promotion place, but had to come from behind against Franchise FC at St Mary's. MacKenzie (34th min) and Baldock (52nd min) gave Franchise an excellent start, but then saw a Forte brace (66th & 67th mins) and Barnard (77th min) turn it around for the home side. South Coast Club 3rd, Franchise FC 5th. Peterborough United were thwarted in their attempt to claim an automatic promotion place by AFC Bournemouth in their Friday evening match at London Road. Two quick goals from Mackail-Smith (11th min) and Rowe (15th min) rocked the Cherries who gave themselves a chance when Ings pulled one back in the 35th minute. Cherries defensive problems were exposed 7 minute later when Mackail-Smith pounced to restore the 2-goal advantage. Fletcher pulled one back in the 71st minute for the Cherries leaving Smith to save the Dorset side in the 93rd minute. Peterborough United 4th, AFC Bournemouth 6th. Has the Leyton Orient bubble burst at just the wrong time? it seems like it might have after they slipped to Charlton Athletic at The Valley. McGleish gave the O's the lead in the 16th minute, only to see Benson (50th min), Wright-Phillips (73rd min) and Semedo (87th min) turn the game around allowing the Addicks to record their first win in 11 attempts. Charlton Athletic 12th, Leyton Orient 8th. Exeter City have to come from behind to record their 9th home of the season against Dagenham & Redbridge at St James's Park. That after Vindelot gave the Daggers the lead in the 76th minute. Taylor levelled for the Devon side in the 81st minute, leaving Logan to score the winner 6 minutes later. Exeter City 10th, Dagenham & Redbridge 20th. Sheffield Wednesday recorded their first win for a good few weeks as they managed to hold on against Colchester United at Hillsborough, that after Mellor netted a brace for the Owls in the 25th and 51st minutes). Gillespie scored what proved to be consolation for the Essex side in the 90th minute. Sheffield Wednesday 16th, Colchester United 11th. Hartlepool United were pegged back by struggling Swindon Town at The County Ground in a 1-1 draw. Horwood have given the visitors the lead in the 37th minute only to see Ritchie level in the 67th minute. Swindon Town 23rd, Hartlepool United 14th. Oldham Athletic recorded a 2-0 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane, leaving the home side to ponder a quick return to League Two. Lowe (87th min) and Reid (93rd min penalty) left the Magpies to wonder what was! Notts County 19th, Oldham Athletic 15th. Bristol Rovers enhanced their chances of beating the drop to League Two with a 1-0 away win over neighbours Yeovil Town at Huish Park. Williams scored the only goal of the game in the 76th minute. Yeovil Town 17th, Bristol Rovers 22nd. Brentford (9th) face Carlisle United (13th) face each other in the Final of the JPT, which left Walsall (21st) and Plymouth Argyle (24th) without a game.
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