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League One Review - March 17th
Published : 18 Mar 2012 16:24:47
Here's our round up of the action around League One as the finishing line draws closer.
Sitting pretty on 79-points Charlton Athletic have guaranteed themselves a play-off place, even though (mathematically) they could still miss out. The Addicks managed to avoid a further set back in their push for automatic promotion with a 1-1 draw at relegation threatened Scunthorpe United. Wright-Phillips gave the visitors the lead in the 6th minute, with Parkin levelling from the penalty spot 15 minutes later. Scunthorpe United 18th, Charlton Athletic 1st.
Sheffield United were held at home by Tranmere Rovers at Bramhall Lane even though Evans gave the Blades the lead in the 31st minute. Akins levelled for Rovers in the 54th minute. Sheffield United 2nd, Tranmere Rovers 16th.
Sheffield Wednesday took full advantage with the top-2 dropping points with a 2-1 win over play-off chasing Notts County at Meadow Lane. Lowe (53rd min) and Madine (66th min) gave the Owls a 2-goal lead, with Sam setting up an interesting last few minutes with what proved to be an 88th minute consolation. The win means that the Owls are back level on points with their Steel City neighbours. Notts County 6th, Sheffield Wednesday 3rd.
It looks like Huddersfield Town may have to settle for a play-off place unless they can put together a run of wins in their final 10-matches. The Terriers dropped points against Colchester United at their Community Stadium. Gillespie gave ColU the lead in the 3rd minute, only to see an Okuonghae own goal salvage a point for the visitors in the 95th minute. Colchester United 9th, Huddersfield Town 4th.
Franchise FC could only manage a point against struggling Chesterfield at the b2Net Stadium, coming from behind after Talbot put the Spirites ahead in the 4th minute. O'Shea levelled in the 56th minute for a share of the spoils. Chesterfield 24th, Franchise FC 5th.
Carlisle United had their play-offs dented at Dean Court as AFC Bournemouth came from behind to salvage a point to end a run of 5-straight defeats. Miller gave the Cumbrians the lead in the 4th minute only to see Addison level for the Cherries with 6 minutes left on the clock. AFC Bournemouth 13th, Carlisle United 7th.
If Brentford have any play-off ambitions, they are going to have to do better against the likes of Leyton Orient if they are going to make up the ground on the top-6. Goals from Lisbie (29th min) and Smith (45th min) confirmed a vital moral boosting win for the O's at Brisbane Road. Leyton Orient 15th, Brentford 10th.
Yeovil Town now find themselves in the top-half of the table with a win over struggling Walsall at Huish Park. Even though Mantom gave the Saddlers the lead in the 44th minute, a brace from A Williams in the 63rd and 84th minutes made sure that the points were staying in Somerset. Yeovil Town 12th, Walsall 20th.
Could Exeter City be heading back to League Two following a recent improvement in form, the Devon side found themselves on the end of a 2-1 home defeat inflicted by Preston North End at St James's Park. A Hume brace for PNE (12th and 84th mins) only drew a response from Sercombe in the 65th minute. Exeter City 23rd, Preston North End 14th.
Rochdale boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop with a 3-2 win over local rivals Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. On loan Symes netted a hat-trick for the home side with strikes in the 3rd, 47th and 70th minutes which drew a response from Kuqi (21st min) and Reid (74th min). A bad day for the Latics who saw Tarkowski see red in the 96th minute and Morais involved in a car crash enroute to the match. Rochdale 22nd, Oldham Athletic 17th.
Wycombe Wanderers are now a hairs breath away from safety following a comprehensive 4-1 away win against Bury at Gigg Lane. Beavon gave the Chairboys the lead in the 4th minute, with Harrad levelling 7 minutes later. That was as good as it got for the home side as Hayes restored the advantage a minute, with Beavon going on to complete his hat-trick with goals in the 61st and 70th minutes. Bury 19th, Wycombe Wanderers 21st.
Hartlepool United (11th) and Stevenage Borough (8th) could only manage a 0-0 draw at Victoria Park.