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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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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Angelo Balanta set to unlock League 2 defences – Peter Taylor
Balanta has scored goals for QPR
Wycombe have signed 18-year old Colombian striker Angelo Balanta on a two-month loan deal. The skillful youngster has joined from QPR, and goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s game against Bradford.
Peter Taylor told the Wycombe website:
“He is a little bit different and that’s why I wanted him.
“He is a very exciting player. We need someone that can unlock defences, and I think Angelo can do that.”
Elsewhere Shrewsbury have replaced the outgoing Michael Symes with Southampton teenager Jamie White. The 19-year old has joined on a month’s loan, and can play on the wing, or up front, and adds much needed pace to the Shrewsbury side.
And finally, (so many loan deals!) Luton have signed Kevin Gallen on (you guessed it) a month’s loan. The MK Don’s striker has had limited opportunities, and makes the short trip to Kenilworth Road. Luton fans can watch the video below, for a taste of the finishing they can expect over the next month.
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League 2 was represented in the JPT on Tuesday night with four teams making it through to the area semi-finals. Most impressive were Rotherham, who managed a 2-0 win at home to League 1 favourites Leicester City.
Shrewsbury continued their goal scoring streak in the competition, with a 5-0 demolition of Dag & Red. Grant Holt took his tally to 7 in the competition with a brace.
Elsewhere Luton grabbed an impressive victory away to Walsall, and Darlington beat Bury 1-0 at the Darlington Arena.
November 3 Results:
Tranmere 1-0 Morecambe
Scunthorpe 1-0 Rochdale
Darlington 1-0 Bury
Rotherham United 2-0 Leicester City
Shrewsbury Town 5-0 Dag & Red
Bournemouth 0-1 Colchester United
Walsall 0-1 Luton Town
Shrewsbury boosted their promotion hopes with a comfortable win over rock-bottom Luton, writes Steve Moore
. The Shrews showed the form that has them as promotion favourites
and always looked like winning from the moment Paul Murray’s shot rolled into the corner of the net for a fourth-minute lead.
Grant Holt and Richard Walker dominated the Luton centre-halves all day while Chris Humphrey gave young left back Jake Howells a torrid time, with Conrad Logan having to make several top saves to keep Luton in the game during the first half.
Luton did actually dominate for the first ten minutes of the first half but didn’t really create anything and still required a great save by Logan from Ben Davies on the counter-attack.
However, from that point, despite a fifty/fifty penalty appeal on the hour mark involving Tom Craddock in the area, the Shrews were in total control. Although keeper Conrad Logan was in inspired form, injury-hit Luton were breached for a second goal the 76th minute when Ben Davies rifled in a fine shot. Then the Shrews sealed the points when Grant Holt cheekily back-heeled Richard Walker’s low cross past Logan.
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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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