Saturday Jan 17 Results:

Aldershot 1-1 Macclesfield
Barnet 1-1 Dag & Red
Bradford 1-1 Accrington Stanley
Brentford 1-1 Notts County
Chester 1-3 Chesterfield
Darlington 5-1 Luton
Exeter 0-0 Bury
Morecambe 0-1 Gillingham
Port Vale 1-1 Shrewsbury
Rochdale 2-2 Lincoln City
Rotherham 1-0 Bournemouth
Wycombe 0-1 Grimsby

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Weekend round-up

Anthony Elding struck a debut equaliser for Lincoln on another day of postponements in League 2.

Elding has just started a three-month loan at Lincoln

Elding has just started a three-month loan at Lincoln

Elding – signed on loan earlier this week from Crewe, scored after his side had been reduced to 10 men against Brentford.

Dany N’Guessen put Lincoln 1-0 up, but they were quickly pegged back. First Marcus Bean equalised, then Dean Bowditch volleyed in a spectacular second. Lincoln’s Paul Green was given a straight red card for a late tackle, but it didn’t stop Elding snatching a point for the Imps.

Meanwhile, Bury moved up to fourth with a tight victory over struggling Barnet. Mike Jones slotted the only goal of the game.

And Notts County battled back from a goal down to gain a victory over Exeter. Marcus Stewart put the away side in front from the penalty spot in the first half. But the Magpies quickly equalised through Delroy Facey, and blog ‘star’ Gavin Strachan got the winner.

Saturday Jan 10 Results:

Bury 1-0 Barnet

Lincoln 2-2 Brentford

Notts County 2-1 Exeter

Elding loaned to Lincoln

Crewe striker Anthony Elding has joined mid-table Lincoln on a three-month loan deal.

The former Leeds United and Stockport forward scored just once for Alex this season, after commanding a six-figure fee in the summer. His record is proven, with 26 goals in 52 games for Stockport before a move to Elland Road.

January 3rd Round-Up

With so few League 2 sides involved in the cup, there were plenty of fixtures to look forward to. However with the cold snap already here, many of those games were called off.

Of the games that did take place, Wycombe continued their march, beating Bury 2-1. Matt Harrold scored again, hitting home a low cross from Lewis Spence. Angelo Balanta doubled the lead, poking home after Harrolds shot was spilled by the keeper. The Shakers grabbed a consolation in the last minute, when Mike Williamson – subject of a bid from Colchester United, put through his own net.

Elsewhere, Shrewsbury combated their horrific away form by grinding out a 0-0 draw at promotion rivals Bradford. The Shrews were on the backfoot for most of the first-half, with Barry Conlon going close with a tremendous long-range volley that hit the inside of the post. The second-half was a much more even affair, with Grant Holt spurning the Shrews best opportunity.

Dag & Red’s hot form was interupted at the Don Valley stadium by a late equaliser from Rotherham United. The Daggers, who have been on fire recently, went 1-0 up through a Matt Richie header. But a late equaliser – five minutes into injury time, from captain Ian Sharp, salvaged a point for the Millers.

Sat Jan 3 Results:

Bradford 0-0 Shrewsbury

Darlington 2-1 Bournemouth

Rochdale 3-1 Accrington Stanley

Rotherham 1-1 Dag & Red

Wycombe 2-1 Bury

Gills fume at ‘soft penalty’

F.A. Cup 3rd Round

Gillingham 1-2 Aston Villa by Andy Scott.

Jackson equalised for Gills in a close encounter

Jackson equalised for Gills in a close encounter

A controversial late penalty was enough to see Aston Villa through at the expense of a brave Gillingham side, who can feel very unlucky not to have earned a replay.

 

At times it was difficult to tell which side was fourth in the Premier League as the League Two side defied the 72 league places that separated them.

 

Martin O’Neill signalled his intent by naming the strongest side possible, only Gabriel Agbonlahor and Gareth Barry missing out through sickness and injury respectively. It took only 13 minutes for Aston Villa to take the lead but it was more through luck than quality. A nasty bobble led to Gillingham captain Adam Miller losing possession to Stiliyan Petrov, who played in James Milner to neatly bend his shot into the top corner.

 

Rather being overwhelmed by the occasion, the goal simply snapped the Gills into action. Winger Dennis Oli twice went close without testing the keeper as Gillingham rallied and Curtis Davies was forced to make a last ditch tackle. Youngster Nathan Delfouneso wasted Villa’s only other chance of the half volleying over from 6 yards.

 

The Gills deservedly levelled the match with a stunning goal from Canadian international Simeon Jackson. The striker turned Zat Knight 20 yards from goal, powered into the box and lashed a rasping shot off the post and past Friedel.

 

It was no less than the Gills deserved having dominated most of the game. It was in the 77th minute that hearts were broken when referee Keith Stroud awarded a soft penalty as Ashley Young fell easily under pressure from Miller. Milner

calmly slotted the penalty home to spare Villa’s blushes and they held on to book their place in the 4th round.

 

And League 2 no longer has any representatives left in the competition. after Macclesfield and Chesterfield also suffered defeats. Macclesfield were beaten by Premier League side Everton, thanks to a Leon Osman half-volley. Chesterfield went down 3-0 at Ipswich, after they replaced Droylsden in the competition, as the Blue Square North side fielded an ineligible player against the Spireites.

Brentford enhance promotion credentials

In a tight game at St James Park, two promotion hopefuls went head-to-head. It was the Bees of Brentford who came out on top, condemning surprise package Exeter to a home defeat.

It came courtesy of a controversial penalty – after a tackle from Exeter’s Rob Edwards, when it appeared that he had won the ball. It was dispatched with ease by Charlie MacDonald 14 minutes from time, and Sam Wood added another four minutes later.

It moves Brentford up to 2nd, after an impressive Christmas period, while Exeter remain in the play-off places.

Elsewhere, leaders Wycombe were held at Gillingham, thanks to a late equaliser from Curtis Weston. And Shrewsbury ended a poor-run of three successive defeats with a battling victory over high-flying Bury. Grant Holt – linked with a move away from the club in the January transfer window, nodded in expertly after Bury defender Efe Sodje had been sent off for an elbow earlier in the game.

And Dag & Red secured a massive win away to play-off chasing Aldershot. The win was slightly fortuitous – a late winner from Jon Nurse after Aldershot had missed chances themselves to win the game.

Sunday Dec 28 Results:

Accrington Stanley 3-1 Grimsby
Aldershot 1-2 Dag & Red
Bournemouth 0-2 Barnet
Bradford 4-0 Morecambe
Darlington 0-0 Chesterfield
Exeter 0-2 Brentford
Gillingham 1-1 Wycombe
Luton 3-2 Lincoln City
Macclesfield 3-1 Chester
Notts County 0-3 Rotherham
Port Vale 2-1 Rochdale
Shrewsbury 1-0 Bury

Morecambe 4-1 Macclesfield

Morecambe recorded their biggest win of the season in glorious conditions at Christie Park, writes Danny Milligan.

But Sammy McIlory’s side got off to a horrendous start when after just three minutes, Izak Reid picked up the ball just inside the box and rolled it under Barry Roche.

And the first ten minutes were dominated by Macclesfield, with Reid very nearly making it two when Roche punched the ball straight to him in the area.

Morecambe re-grouped and came back into the game on 17 minutes courtesy of Henry McStay’s volley at the back post. It followed a foul on Rene Howe, the free kick taken by Craig Stanley and McStay sneaking in to draw the home side level.

 

And only seven minutes later a corner from Stanley was flicked on by Howe at the near post to fall nicely for Danny Carlton to head his side into the lead.

 

Macclesfield did create a couple of chances late in the first half, the best of which was a cross by Ahmed Deen to Martin Gritton who beat his man but shot wide.

 

The home side dominated much of the second half and Morecambe’s third came from Stuart Drummond who headed past Macclesfield keeper Jon Brain, the cross coming from the left by Neil Wainwright.

 

Michael Twiss returned for Morecambe with 15 minutes remaining, having recovered from an ankle injury that has meant he has only featured three times this season.

 

And the game was well and truly wrapped up 11 minutes from time, Rene Howe picked up the ball just inside the box and curled it past Brain.

 

Here are the results from Boxing Day, with a full-set of fixtures to follow on Sunday:

 

Barnet 0-3 Aldershot
Brentford 2-0 Bournemouth
Bury 2-2 Darlington
Chester 2-0 Accrington Stanley
Chesterfield 2-2 Luton
Dag & Red 2-0 Gillingham
Grimsby 0-1 Notts County
Lincoln City 0-0 Bradford
Morecambe 4-1 Macclesfield
Rochdale 2-1 Shrewsbury
Rotherham 1-0 Port Vale
Wycombe 1-1 Exeter