Gillingham made it two away wins in three days, and moved into the play-off places with a win at Port Vale on Tuesday night. Marc Richards put Vale 1-0 up but the Gills staged a second half come-back with goals from Denis Oli, Adam Miller, and a Simeon Jackson penalty.
Elsewhere, Exeter grabbed a priceless win at rivals Dag & Red. Craig McAllister scored twice as the Grecians leapfrogged the Daggers. And Aldershot fell further behind the pack with a 2-2 draw at home to Notts County.
Tuesday Jan 20 Results:
Aldershot 2-2 Notts County
Dag & Red 1-2 Exeter
Port Vale 1-3 Gillingham
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Tagged Adam Miller, Aldershot, Craig McAllister, Dag & Red, Denis Oli, Exeter, Gillingham, Marc Richards, Notts County, Port Vale, Simeon Jackson
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
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Tagged Aldershot, Brentford, Bury, Charlie MacDonald, Curtis Weston, Dag & Red, Efe Sodje, Exeter City, Gillingham, Grant Holt, John Nurse, Rob Edwards, Sam Wood, Shrewsbury Town, Wycombe Wanderers
So Blyth Spartans roll on in the F.A. Cup.
After dismissing Shrewsbury Town in the first round, they have squeezed past Bournemouth in the second. It took a replay, and a last minute goal, but now they are rewarded with a home tie against Blackburn Rovers, and who would bet against them causing the struggling Premier League side trouble?
The winner came from substitute Ged Dalton, who amazingly does not even train with the Spartans! But the game-changing moment was Brett Pitman’s straight red halfway through the second period. Either way, it’s the non-league side that are through to the third round.
And Chesterfield were frustrated again at Blue Square North side Droylsden. The Spireites were 2-0 up thanks to goals from Jack Lester and Darren Currie, but the game was sensationally abadoned for the second time, due to floodlight failure. And struggling manager Lee Richardson was, shall we say, less than impressed.
So the results leaves just three League 2 sides left in the competition. Chesterfield obviously still have a second round tie to get past, but Gillingham face Premier League side Aston Villa at home, while Macclesfield also face a team from the top-flight in Everton.
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Tagged Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Blyth Spartans, Bournemouth, Brett Pitman, Chesterfield, Darren Currie, Droylsden, Everton, F.A. Cup, Ged Dalton, Gillingham, Jack Lester, Lee Richardson, Macclesfield, Premier League, Shrewsbury Town
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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Wycombe beat fellow promotion candidates Bradford, in a tight game at Adams Park. The Chairboys had the better of the chances, and after Chris Zebroski hit a post, new signing Angelo Balanta came on and created the winning goal for Lewis Hunt.
But Darlington remain top of the league after a battling 2-0 win at home to Lincoln City. It looked like Lincoln might walk away with a result after Stephen Foster was sent off early on. However, Darlington dug in, and Liam Hatch netted soon after the re-start. Late-on Richie Foran sealed the points for the Quakers.
Another sending off had more of an impact at Vale Park. Ross Davidson was sent off for Port Vale for a late challenge, which gave Brentford the impetus to go on and win comfortably 3-0. Karleigh Osborne scored on the stroke of half-time and Marcus Bean nodded in a corner just as Vale were fighting back. Charlie MacDonald smashed in a late third for Brentford, who climb to 5th in the table.
Elsewhere Gillingham smashed Rotherham 4-0 to move into the play-off positions, and Grimsby ended their long winless run with a 2-0 win at Bury, despite JP Kalala’s sending off. And Jonathan Forte showed why Notts County were so desperate to sign him, scoring a hat-trick before half-time to give Notts County an impressive 4-0 win away to Barnet.
Nov 15 Results:
Accrington 3-0 Bournemouth
Aldershot 1-0 Exeter
Barnet 0-4 Notts County
Bury 0-2 Grimsby
Chester 1-2 Morecambe
Darlington 2-0 Lincoln
Gillingham 4-0 Rotherham
Luton 2-1 Dag & Red
Port Vale 0-3 Brentford
Rochdale 1-1 Macclesfield
Wycombe 1-0 Bradford
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Tagged Angelo Balanta, Barnet, Bradford City, Brentford, Bury, Charlie MacDonald, Chris Zebroski, Darlington, Gillingham, Grimsby Town, Jean-Paul Kalala, Jonathan Forte, Karleigh Osborne, Lewis Hunt, Liam Hatch, Lincoln City, Marcus Bean, Notts County, Port Vale, Richie Foran, Ross Davidson, Rotherham United, Stephen Foster, Wycombe Wanderers
With a full set of mid-week games, League 2 threw up some interesting results.
Chesterfield went to third-placed Exeter and came away with a stunning 6-1 victory. Chesterfield went 1-0 up thanks to Jamie Winter thunderbolt from 25 yards out. Just before half-time they grabbed a second, Alan Goodall cutting inside and finishing well. Exeter pulled one back early in the second half, but a quick brace from veteran striker Jack Lester, plus goals from Jamie Ward and substitute Darren Currie saw the Spireites cruise to victory.
Elsewhere in the division, Chester City surprisingly overcame a lacklustre Brentford at the Deva. Ryan Lowe netted twice in a 3-0 victory for the underdogs. A late winner from Barry Conlon saw Bradford sneak a win over early-season pace setters Bury. Darlington beat Rotherham United 1-0 at the Don Valley stadium, while Shrewsbury went three games without a win, drawing 2-2 at home to Barnet.
League leaders Wycombe’s game at home to Macclesfield was abandoned after 23 minutes due to the bad weather, while Luton’s home fixture against Bournemouth suffered the same fate.
Tuesday Oct 28 Results:
Aldershot 1-0 Port Vale
Bradford 1-0 Bury
Chester 3-0 Brentford
Dag & Red 4-0 Grimsby
Exeter 1-6 Chesterfield
Lincoln City 2-0 Gillingham
Luton Town A-A Bournemouth
Morecambe 1-1 Accrington Stanley
Notts County 1-2 Rochdale
Rotherham 0-1 Darlington
Shrewsbury 2-2 Barnet
Wycombe A-A Macclesfield
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