A full set of fixtures took place last night in League Two, and it was a good night for away sides across the country as there were seven out of eleven away victories. There was also dropped points for sides near the top, one seven goal thriller, one six goal romping and plenty of action. Here is your League Two Review:
Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Leyton Orient
Plymouth missed the opportunity to increase their lead at the top of League Two but salvaged a point at home to Leyton Orient. Jay Simpson scored his 14th goal of the season from 18 yards within the opening five minutes, but skipper Curtis Nelson rescued a point for the Pilgrims with under ten minutes remaining as he pounced on a parried free kick. After the weekend’s Devon Derby defeat, Plymouth haven’t won in two, whilst the O’s are unbeaten in two and have moved up to 6th.
Oxford United 1-1 Newport County
With Plymouth dropping points, Oxford had the opportunity to take top spot, but were denied by a resurgent Newport side at the Kassam Stadium. Despite a first half dominance from the U’s, it was the Exiles that took the lead just before the break as Lenell John-Lewis struck from 25 yards. Substitute Patrick Hoban leveled midway through the second half after a clever turn and strike, but Michael Appleton’s side were unable to find a winner. The U’s are unbeaten in four and have lost just once from their last eleven games, whilst Newport are unbeaten in six, including four successive draws, and are unbeaten in four on the road.
Crawley Town 1-2 Northampton Town
Despite off field problems and unpaid staff wages, Northampton’s impressive run on the pitch continued with victory at Crawley. Simon Walton fouled Cobblers midfielder Lawson D’Ath in the box, and despite Marc Richards seeing his penalty saved, Joel Byrom pounced on the rebound to give the visitors lead. Northampton were two up by the break after John-Joe O’Toole curled in from 25 yards, but the visitors were reduced to ten men early in the second half when Brendan Moloney fouled Rhys Murphy in the box, and Walton successfully converted his spot kick to reduce the deficit. The Red Devils came close to an equaliser, but Cobblers keeper Adam Smith was in-form and denied the hosts the equalising goal. Northampton are now unbeaten in six and have won three games in succession, whilst defeat for Crawley was their first in five.
Portsmouth 6-0 York City
An incredible game at Fratton Park saw Portsmouth smash strugglers York. With the scores level as half time approached, Minstermen player Jonathan Greening was given a straight red card for an elbow on Michael Doyle, leaving the visitors to play the entire second half with ten men. And Pompey manager Paul Cook must have had some stern words with his side during the break as his side, who had previously failed to win in five, scored three times in the opening fifteen minutes of the economy half, first Ben Davies before a brace from Marc McNulty. McNulty completed his hattrick with q clever lob over York keeper Scott Flinders, before goals from Ben Tollitt and Conor Chaplin completed the rout. York, who have now dropped to 23rd, have lost five games in succession and have failed to win in thirteen, including four successive defeats on the road.
Accrington Stanley vs Hartlepool United (postponed due to waterlogged pitch)
Luton Town 3-4 Carlisle United
A seven goal thriller at Kenilworth Road as Carlisle came from 3-1 down to take all three points. Jack Marriott gave the Hatters an early lead, slotting inOlly Lee’s pass, before Charlie Wyke leveled for the Cumbrians. Josh McQuoid and a Danny Green volley gave the hosts breathing space, but goals from Alex Gilliead and Jabo Ibehre leveled the home. Derek Asamoah saw his low drive find the back of the net with ten minutes remaining to send Keith Curle’s Cumbrians home happy. The win was the first in three for Carlisle, whilst it was the first defeat in four for Luton.
Mansfield Town 0-2 Exeter City
Exeter made it back to back away wins with victory at Mansfield. Lee Holmes assist for Joel Grant after six minutes gave the Grecians the lead, before Grant returned the favour for Holmes before the break. The Grecians are unbeaten in three, whilst Mansfield have won just once from their last five games.
Yeovil Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil dropped to bottom of League Two after defeat at Huish Park against Wycombe. Ryan Bird came close for the hosts, but Matt Ingram saved his first half effort, before Luke O’Nien’s 25 yard strike won the game in the second half for the Chairboys. Wycombe are unbeaten in four, whilst Yeovil are without a win in eleven, including a winless run of eight games at Huish Park.
AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Dagenham and Redbridge
Dagenham ended an eleven game winless run with victory at AFC Wimbledon. Lyle Taylor and Callum Kennedy saw their efforts saved, before Adebayo Akinfenwa missed a further opportunity for the Dons. Talisman striker Jamie Cureton saw his ball spilled by Dons keeper Ben Wilson for the games only goal ten minutes from time. The win was just the second of the season for the Daggers, but it moves them out of the bottom two, whilst Wimbledon are without a win in three.
Bristol Rovers 1-2 Stevenage
Stevenage recorded their first away win of the season with victory at Bristol Rovers. Steven Schumacher capitalised on Stuart Sinclair’s poor clearance to five the Boro be early lead, but Matty Taylor leveled for the Gas midway through the first half. But Chris Whelpdale’s 20 yard effort was enough to win the game, leaving Teddy Sheringham’s side unbeaten in three, whilst Rovers have suffered back to back defeats.
Notts County 4-2 Barnet
Notts County knocked four past Barnet in a six goal thriller at Meadow Lane. Mike Edwards and Jon Stead put the Magpies two goals up inside ten minutes, but there would be no more goals until the final fifteen minutes. Alan Sheehan made it three with a low drive, before Aaron McLean reduced the deficit with a free kick. Edwards headed his second of the evening to make it four before Luke Gambin scored a late consolation for the Bees. The Magpies have lost just once from their last six games, whilst Barnet are without a win in three including back to back away defeats.
Morecambe 2-4 Cambridge United
Morecambe continued their poor home form as Shaun Derry completed his first win as Cambridge manager. Defender Leon Legge gave the U’s the lead with a header, but Lee Molyneux leveled for the Shrimps. Ryan Donaldson and on loan debutant Cameron Gayle gave the U’s a two goal cushion, before Ben Williamson made it four early in the second half. Peter Murphy pulled one back for Morecambe but they were unable to fight back, leaving them without a win in four.