Round-Ups

League Two Round-Up: Plymouth, Northampton and Oxford all win
4th January 2016

Table-toppers Plymouth Argyle won for the fourth game in a row to remain at the top of League Two with a 2-0 victory over Carlisle.

Carlisle, who were playing their ‘home’ game at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park, fell behind when Ryan Brunt’s shot took a deflection to bypass goalkeeper Mark Gillespie. Gregg Wylde then doubled the Pilgrims’ lead in stoppage-time when his low strike arrowed into the net.

Northampton continued to mount pressure on Plymouth with a comfortable 3-0 win over Barnet. The Cobblers went in front when Sam Hoskins converted a Lawson D’Ath cross. Further strikes from Ricky Holmes and Marc Richards ensured the three points.

Oxford maintained their unlikely promotion bid as they beat Notts County 4-2 in a thrilling encounter. Liam Sercombe scored the only goal in the first half when he converted a penalty before an explosive second period.

Notts equalised when Jon Stead headed the ball home, and took the lead with 15 minutes left to play when Curtis Thompson fired home. But Alex MacDonald made it 2-2 when he pulled the U’s level, before stoppage-time goals from Callum O’Dowda and Kemar Roofe gave the visitors all three points.

Yeovil won for the first time in 17 matches as they beat York 1-0 to send their relegation candidates bottom of the table. The Glovers, who are now just two points from safety, took the lead when Matthew Dolan scored a penalty as they held on to a vital win.

16 August 2014 - Sky Bet League Two - Luton Town v AFC Wimbledon -  Luton manager John Still. Photo: Ryan Smyth/Offside

John Still picked up a win in his first game back in charge of Dagenham.

Meanwhile, fellow relegation favourites Dagenham defeated Exeter 2-1 in John Still’s first game back in charge of the Daggers. Joss Labadie opened the scoring at St James’ Park, before Alex Nicholls made it 1-1. But Ashley Chambers was the hero when his header found the back of the net with 15 minutes left to play.

Cambridge lost for the first time in six games when Wimbledon dished out a 4-1 thrashing at the Abbey Stadium. Goals from Paul Robinson, Adebayo Azeez, Jon Meades and Lyle Taylor was too much for the hosts to handle as they dropped to 11th, whilst the Dons climbed to 10th.

Portsmouth returned to winning ways when Crawley Town visited Fratton Park as they won 3-0. Matt Clarke put Pompey in the lead with barely ten minutes played, before Marc McNulty then doubled their lead from an Enda Stevens cross and Gary Roberts scored late on.

Mansfield have now gone four matches without a win as they lost 3-2 at home to Accrington. Piero Mingoia put Stanley in the lead from a Josh Windass cross. Matt Green then levelled for the Stags, but two late goals from Billy Kee and Terry Gornell put the visitors 3-1 ahead, before a consolation strike by Chris Clements.

Leyton Orient are now two points off of the play-offs as they rescued a point against Stevenage. Jay Simpson had put the O’s ahead from the penalty spot, before Armand Gnaduillet’s brace put Teddy Sheringham’s side in the lead with ten minutes left to play. However, Simpson scored in the 90th minute to rescue a point.

Wycombe’s promotion hopes took a blow as they were beaten 2-0 at home by Morecambe. After a dull first-half, Shaun Miller opened the scoring early into the second period, before Jamie Devitt’s penalty doubled their lead after goalkeeper Matt Ingram had been dismissed for the hosts.

Bristol Rovers remain firmly in the play-offs following a 2-0 win over Luton. Rory Gaffney scored both goals as the Pirates’ unbeaten run was extended to seven games.

Player of the Weekend: Armand Gnaduillet (Stevenage)
Team of the Weekend: Yeovil Town
Goal of the Weekend: Callum O’Dowda (Notts County vs OXFORD)

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