Saturday’s action in League Two was full of crucial matches for several clubs around the country, with positions in the league table seeing major movement.
We take a look at the highlights and results for Matchweek 14.
STEVENAGE 1 – CARLISLE UNITED 2
Carlisle United’s impressive unbeaten start to the 2016-17 League Two campaign continued with a 2-1 victory at Stevenage. The result puts the Cumbrians in second place, four points behind league leaders Plymouth Argyle.
The visitors applied the pressure early, with Jason Kennedy’s sixth goal of the season putting Carlisle ahead in the 17th minute. Stevenage drew level just before halftime through a Matt Gooden penalty kick and looked to take control in the second half.
But a Danny Grainger penalty gave Carlisle the winning goal in the 57th minute, as the home side were unable to find another equaliser in the match.
Stevenage now sit 22nd in the table and have only four league victories thus far.
BLACKPOOL 4 – DONCASTER ROVERS 2
A wild encounter at Bloomfield Road saw Blackpool display their attacking prowess in a 4-2 victory over Doncaster Rovers. Rovers had won four consecutive matches across all competitions coming into Saturday and slipped from second place to third.
An unfortunate deflection off Blackpool’s Andy Taylor gave the visitors a lead in the first minute. The Tangerines took the lead before halftime through goals from Brad Potts (25’) and Kelvin Mellor (39’).
The second half saw Blackpool double their advantage within the first five minutes, with a second from Potts (47’) and one from Kyle Vassell (49’) providing a comfortable scenario for the home side. Rovers earned a penalty and scored a second goal through Tommy Rowe in the 66th minute that proved to be only consolation.
Blackpool move up to 14th in the league table.
WYCOMBE WANDERERS 0 – BARNET 2
Barnet secured an important three points on Saturday in a 2-0 victory at Wycombe Wanderers. The result gets the Bees out of the relegation zone.
Wycombe were frustrated to not be in front at halftime, as referee Graham Horwood not playing an advantage kept Adebayo Akinfenwa’s goal from the scoresheet.
Strikes from Mauro Vilhete (65’) and John Akinde (90’) brought the visitors the win, as both Barnet and Wycombe now have 15 points each in the league standings.
NEWPORT COUNTY 1 – PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 3
Plymouth Argyle continued their fine run of form with a 3-1 victory at Newport County. The Pilgrims are now unbeaten in their last 12 league matches.
Graham Carey scored in the 38th minute to give the visitors a 1-0 halftime lead. Jonathan Parkin equalised in the 55th minute, only to see Carey regain the lead for Argyle with his second goal five minutes later.
Jordan Slew added a third for Argyle in the 78th minute. Exhiles manager Graham Westley has now lost his first two matches since taking over earlier this month.
Plymouth Argyle’s lead atop League Two is now at four points, while Newport County are bottom of the standings with only one league victory.
PORTSMOUTH 1 – NOTTS COUNTY 2
Notts County vaulted up the standings with a 2-1 victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday. After taking a second half-lead and being reduced to ten men, the Magpies’ organised and disciplined defence saw out an impressive win.
An Adam Campbell goal (21’) gave the visitors the lead, with Portsmouth’s Conor Chaplin equalising (27’) soon after. Campbell’s second strike (71’) gave Notts County a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish.
A straight red card to Aaron Collins in the 76th minute made for a frantic finish, but Notts County and manager John Sheridan will be pleased with an extremely positive result.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED 1 – LEYTON ORIENT 3
A brace from forward Oliver Palmer helped give new Leyton Orient manager Alberto Cavasin his first League Two win in a 3-1 victory at Hartlepool United.
The O’s had gone seven matches without a win and badly needed three points to stay above the relegation places.
Josh Laurent gave the Pools the lead just before halftime, only to see defender Sandro Semedo level the match in the 54th minute.
Palmer struck in the 62nd and 70th minutes to seal the three points for Orient.
LUTON TOWN 1 – MANSFIELD TOWN 1
Luton Town required a late goal from midfielder Cameron McGeehan to find a point at home in a 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town. The result keeps the Hatters in fourth place with 23 points.
Welsh forward Matthew Green gave the Stags a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute, as the Mansfield defence was able to keep the advantage intact until the final stages.
But a sensational strike from McGeehan equalised in the 77th minute for Luton Town. Mansfield Town now sit tied for 11th in League Two on 19 points.
EXETER CITY 1 – CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2
Exeter City’s struggles continued with a 2-1 home loss against Cambridge United on Saturday. The result is the Grecians’ ninth loss of the season.
Luke Berry (8’) and Harrison Dunk (11’) gave United an early lead and controlled much of the match throughout.
Exeter forward Robbie Simpson scored in the 74th minute, but the home side could not find an equaliser.
Exeter City now sit second from the bottom of the league standings on 13 points.
GRIMSBY TOWN 0 – CHELTENHAM TOWN 1
Saturday was a frustrating day for supporters at Blundell Park, as Grimsby Town fell at home 1-0 against Cheltenham Town.
Robins forward Billy Walters scored off a free-kick in the eighth minute and the visitors held on for the victory.
Grimsby were unable to get forward and create many chances, as a win could have seen them climb higher in the league table.
CRAWLEY TOWN 0 – ACCRINGTON STANLEY 0
Crawley Town and Accrington Stanley played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, as both sides will have felt they should have found a breakthrough.
The Reds failed to score at Broadfield Stadium for the first time this year. Both sides saw their goalkeepers in fine form and each team struck the posts during the match.
The result leaves both clubs tied for seventh in the league table with 20 points each.
CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 – YEOVIL TOWN 1
Yeovil Town and manager Darren Way won their third consecutive league match on Saturday in a 1-0 victory at Crewe Alexandra.
The Railwaymen dominated much of the first half but could not find the opening goal. Yeovil midfielder Matthew Dolan scored the match-winner from a wonderful curling free-kick in the 62nd minute.
The result leaves both sides on 19 points thus far this season.
COLCHESTER UNITED 2 – MORECAMBE FC 2
A frenetic first half and a late goal saw Colchester United draw 2-2 with Morecambe. The result keeps the Shrimps in the top half of League Two.
Colchester forward Chris Porter opened the scoring in the fourth minute, before Morecambe midfielder Tom Barkhuizen equalised in the 26th minute. A penalty converted by Porter (39’) gave the hosts a 2-1 halftime lead.
The visitors pushed forward admirably throughout the second half, eventually drawing level in the 77th minute through substitute Lee Molyneux.
Morecambe will prepare to host Exeter City next weekend, while Colchester will travel to league leaders Plymouth Argyle.