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League One Review - May 5th
Published : 05 May 2012 21:54:59
Here's the final review of the regular League season.
Charlton Athletic finished the season on a high with a 3-2 win over Hartlepool United at The Valley despite Hartley giving 'Pool the lead in the 31st minute. The Addicks hit back through Hollands (70th min), Haynes (78th min) and Kermorgant (81st min) leaving Liddle to bag a consolation in 86th minute. The Addicks finish the season with a fine 101 points. Charlton Athletic 1st, Hartlepool United 13th.
Sheffield Wednesday claimed the second automatic promotion place following a 2-0 win over already relegated Wycombe Wanderers at Hillsborough. Antonio (25th min) and Ranger (52nd min) scored the goals to secure promotion back to the Chamionship. Sheffield Wednesday 2nd, Wycombe Wanderers 21st.
Sheffield United will have to settle for the play-offs following a 2-2 with relegated Exeter City at St James's Park. Gow gave the Grecians the lead in the 24th minute. The Blades hit back with Williamson just before half time and McDonald just after the break. City gave themselves an end of season boost when Bennett salvaged a point in the 93rd minute. The Blades created Football League history by finishing on 90 points and yet not get automatic promotion. Exeter City 23rd, Sheffield United 3rd.
Huddersfield Town finished the regular season on a high with a 2-0 over Yeovil Town at the Galpharm. Novak (45th min) and Ward (72nd min) netted the goals to give the Terriers a boost going in to the play-offs. Hudderfield Town 4th, Yeovil Town 17th.
Franchise FC ended the season in defeat as Walsall ended the season in a positive mood. Grigg scored the only goal of the game in the 18th minute. Franchise FC 5th, Walsall 19th.
Stevenage Borough are going in to the end of season play-offs in buoyant mood following a 3-0 win over Bury at Broadhall Lane. Goals from Reid (24th min), a Byrom penalty (77th min) and Beardsley (91st min) guaranteed the chance of back-to-back promotions. Stevenage Borough 6th, Bury 14th.
Notts County miss out on the play-offs on goal difference despite a 4-1 win over Colchester United at Meadow Lane. Goals from J Hughes (23rd min), Bogdanovic (33rd min), Judge (41st min) and Freeman (51st min) put the Magpies in a commanding position, leaving Wordsworth the task of scoring a consolation in the 93rd minute. As things turned out, County needed to win by a margin of 17 (!) to extend their season. Notts County 7th, Colchester United 10th.
Carlisle United ended a positive season on a damp note - with a 2-1 defeat at Boundary Park against Oldham Athletic. Tarkowski gave the Latics the lead in the 49th minute, with Taiwo levelling 19 minutes later. Tounkara sealed the win with a 72nd minute winner. Oldham Athletic 16th, Carlisle United 8th.
Brentford finished in bullish mood, with a 3-2 win over already relegated Chesterfield at the b2Net Stadium Legge and Diagouraga gave the Bees the lead with goals in the 12th and 59th minutes. Moussa reduced the arrears with a 69th minute strike, Donaldson restored the 2-goal advantage in the 80th minute leaving Allott to complete the Spirites miserable season with a 93rd minute consolation. Chesterfield 22nd, Brentford 9th.
AFC Bournemouth and Preston North End played out a typical end of season game with nothing riding on it as the Cherries edged PNE with a single goal win at Dean Court. Daniels netted from the penalty spot in the 51st minute to bring the curtain down on a disappointing season for both. AFC Bournemouth 11th, Preston North End 15th.
The same can be said the match involving Tranmere Rovers and Scunthorpe United at Prenton Park as both ended their seasons with a 1-1 draw. McChrystal gave Rovers the lead in the 27th minute, with thompson levelling in the 61st. Tranmere Rovers 12th, Scunthorpe United 18th.
Finally, Leyton Orient managed to finish their season on a high with a 2-1 win over Rochdale at Brisbane Road. Cox and Odubajo gave the O's the lead with goals in the 32nd and 41st minutes, with Gray scoring Rochdales last goal in the 3rd tier for the time being in the 75th minute. Leyton Orient 20th, Rochdale 24th.