Luton Town beat League 1 Colchester United at Kenilworth Road to book a place in the southern area final. Claude Gnakpa grabbed the goal, which was fortunately deflected off him past the Colchester keeper.
And they will face Brighton, who ground out a penalties victory against Shrewsbury Town. The Seagulls, who have been on a poor run of form in League 1, went to the Prostar stadium with a game plan to keep the Shrews under wraps. It certainly worked, as the game turned into a dour affair, with few chances of note. Brighton keeper John Sullivan was the hero, as he saved Grant Holt’s penalty to put his side through.
In the northern area, Rotherham beat Darlington on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Steve Foster put the Quakers ahead, but they were pegged back by Danny Harrison. Rotherham keeper Steven Cann saved two penalties to send the Millers through.
They will play League 1 high-flyers Scunthorpe United in the final.
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In a late flurry of action at Griffin Park, Brentford overcame Bradford. Marcus Bean put Brentford ahead in the 88th minute, before Michael Boulding equalised a minute later. But Nathan Elder snatched victory in stoppage time, which allows the Bees to leapfrog their opponents in the table.
Bury moved up to second with an impressive 3-0 victory over Port Vale. Ben Futcher made it 1-0, before two goals from Glynn Hurst set-up victory. They move above Shrewsbury, who surprisingly lost to Grimsby Town. The Mariners earned their first home victory since March thanks to an Adam Proudlock volley.
Elsewhere, Wycombe were held 0-0 at home to Luton, and Darlington fell to a 1-0 defeat at Christie Park against Morecambe.
On Friday night Chesterfield suffered another dissapointing loss, this time at home to Macclesfield. Martin Gritton struck twice for the visitors, whilst Jamie Ward battled alone for the Spireites, grabbing two goals himself. Lee Richardson must surely be close to the sack now. Lincoln also played on Friday night, comfortably beating Accrington 5-1 at Sincil Bank.
Saturday Dec 13 Results:
Barnet 2-2 Gillingham
Brentford 2-1 Bradford
Bury 3-0 Port Vale
Chester 2-0 Notts County
Grimsby 1-0 Shrewsbury
Morecambe 1-0 Darlington
Rochdale 1-1 Bournemouth
Wycombe 0-0 Luton
Friday Dec 12 Results:
Chesterfield 2-4 Macclesfield
Lincoln 5-1 Accrington
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Aldershot Town stunned Peter Taylor’s Wycombe by finally ending their unbeaten start to the season. Kirk Hudson put the Hampshire side 2-0 up, with two strikes in the first half. Angelo Balanta pulled one back with a powerful header before Daniel Hylton restored Aldershots two-goal advantage. Matty Phillips ensured a nail-biting finish with a thunderous effort, but the Shots fully deserved their three points.
Peter Taylor told the clubs website: “Nobody would have dreamt we would go 18 games unbeaten.
“I don’t think anyone is going to go 18 games unbeaten again, we’re certainly not, but we need to make sure we go on some good runs between now and the end of the season.”
Elsewhere on a day of headlines, Darren Anderton scored Bournemouth’s winner against Chester. It was a fairytale finish to the 36-year old’s career, and gave the south-coast side a 1-0 win.
Shrewsbury moved up to 2nd with a hard-fought win against 9-man Rotherham. The Millers went into the game on the back of a dreadful run, but played well until Drewe Broughton was sent-off for a second bookable offence. Then keeper David Stockdale was given a straight red for bringing down Kevin McIntyre, and Grant Holt slotted the penalty in.
The games at Darlington and Accrington were both called off due to the weather.
Saturday Dec 6 Results:
Aldershot 3-2 Wycombe
Bournemouth 1-0 Chester
Bradford 1-1 Dag & Red
Exeter 2-1 Lincoln City
Gillingham 2-1 Chesterfield
Luton 3-1 Barnet
Macclesfield 1-1 Bury
Notts County 1-Morecambe
Port Vale 2-1 Grimsby
Shrewsbury 1-0 Rotherham
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The big game of the day takes place at the Darlington Arena where 3rd placed Darlington host 5th placed Rochdale. Elsewhere Accrington against Brentford has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Accrington Stanley OFF Brentford, 15:00
Aldershot v Wycombe, 15:00
Bournemouth v Chester, 15:00
Bradford v Dag & Red, 15:00
Darlington v Rochdale, 15:00
Exeter v Lincoln City, 15:00
Gillingham v Chesterfield, 15:00
Luton v Barnet, 15:00
Macclesfield v Bury, 15:00
Notts County v Morecambe, 15:00
Port Vale v Grimsby, 15:00
Shrewsbury v Rotherham, 15:00
Saturday Nov 29 Result:
Accrington 1-2 Bury
Tuesday Dec 2 Result:
Luton 3-3 Bournemouth
Wycombe 4-0 Macclesfield
With a lot last minute loans going through, we’ll take you through a quick run-down of the moves.
Michael Flynn – Huddersfield to Darlington (1 Month loan)
Neil MacKenzie – Notts County to Port Vale (1 Month loan)
Steve Jones – Burnley to Bradford (1 Month loan)
Nathaniel Wedderburn – Stoke City to Notts County (1 Month loan)
Mitchell Hanson – Derby to Notts County (1 Month loan)
Marc Tierney – Shrewsbury to Colchester (1 Month loan)
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With a full set of mid-week fixtures, League 2 threw up some interesting results.
First off, what a result for Chester City. New manager Mark Wright took his side to high-flying Darlington, and came away with a 2-1 win. Rob Purdie put the home side ahead, before a stunning volley from Ryan Lowe (below) levelled things up. And Shaun Kelly headed in the winner to deny Dave Penney’s team.
In an entertaining match at Valley Parade, Bradford came from 2-0 down to win the game. Jack Lester gave Chesterfield an early lead, followed by a deflected Darren Currie effort to put the Spireites in control. Graeme Lee started the comeback with a free kick, before Michael Boulding squared the game with a header. And with 20 minutes to go, Alan Goodall was sent off for bringing Nicky Law
down in the box. Barry Conlon piled on the misery for Lee Richardson by dispatching the penalty, and making it 3-2.
In other news, Wycombe extended their unbeaten run at the top, with Matt Harrold and Lewis Spence netting the goals. And a late Grant Holt penalty gave Shrewsbury a much needed victory over Dag & Red.
Tues Nov 25 Results:
Aldershot 2-0 Lincoln
Bournemouth 0-0 Morecambe
Bradford 3-2 Chesterfield
Darlington 1-2 Chester
Exeter 1-1 Rotherham
Gillingham 1-1 Rochdale
Luton 0-1 Brentford
Macclesfield 1-0 Grimsby
Notts County 0-2 Wycombe
Port Vale 0-0 Barnet
Shrewsbury 2-1 Dag & Red
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Darlington went into this weekend top of League 2, but faced a fight from fellow promotion candidates Brentford. The Quakers looked like bouncing back from a mid-week loss to Droylsden when Richie Foran headed in unmarked. However a late Karleigh Osbourne equaliser denied them, and gave Wycombe the chance to go top.
And they did, in an entertaining game at home to Port Vale. Chris Zebroski and Matt Harrold both netted twice, although the Chairboys were made to work for it. A Marc Richards penalty, and a Scott Brown shot, twice brought the Stoke side within a goal.
Zebroski has hit some form for Wycombe
Elsewhere at the top, Rochdale moved into third with a comfortable victory. Lee Thorpe and Adam le Fondre eased them home against rock-bottom Luton. Bury and Dag & Red both kept up their challenges with convincing wins. Bury ripped the form books apart with a 4-0 victory over Gillingham, while Dagenham smashed inconsistent Notts County 6-1, which included a Paul Benson hat-trick.
And Shrewsbury held on at Lincoln despite having Richard Walker sent off in the third minute.
Sat Nov 22 Results:
Barnet 1-3 Macclesfield
Brentford 1-1 Darlington
Bury 4-0 Gillingham
Chester 0-1 Aldershot
Chesterfield 1-1 Accrington
Dag & Red 6-1 Notts County
Lincoln City 1-1 Shrewsbury
Morecambe 1-1 Exeter
Rochdale 2-0 Luton
Rotherham 0-2 Bradford
Wycombe 4-2 Port Vale
Fri Nov 21 Result:
Grimsby 3-3 Bournemouth
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