5 times kept their 100% records in League Two as Wycombe put in an impressive away performance at the Hive, to send them top of the league. Gary Thompson’s superb work rate earned him a brace, a superb 20 yard strike into the top corner opened the scoring. The former Notts County man confirmed the points in the closing moments, stroking in from the penalty spot.
Portsmouth maintained their clean record thanks to a duo of refereeing decisions. Matt Tubbs and Gary Roberts were the beneficiaries of two penalty decisions and even Gregg Wylde’s late striker couldn’t salvage a point for Plymouth. Another clean sheet was key to Northampton’s success in the past two games, and they kept another in the 3-0 win over Exeter. Jason Taylor scored the pick of the goals, an unstoppable 25 yard volley. Hartlepool collected a second successive League win after turning around a 1-0 deficit at York City. Reece Thompson had given the hosts the lead, but Billy Paynter levelled things up with 20 minutes remaining. Pool needed the help of a deflection on Michael Woods shot to squeeze past the Minstermen, leaving them sitting pretty in the play-offs.
There were plenty of Derbies across the country in the forth tier, starting with the London rivalry of Leyton Orient and Dagenham and Redbridge. The two had not played eachother for some years after Orient’s League One adventures. Ian Hendon’s men showed no mercy, racing into a 2-0 lead inside half and hour. Dean Cox added a third before Jamie Cureton pulled one back, leaving it 3-1 to the away side as the joined Wycombe and Portsmouth in the automatic promotion places.
Morecambe overcame Accrington in the Lancashire derby, with Aaron Wildig the scorer. Stanley had late chances but the Shrimps defence held firm. The Friday night clash between East Midlands rivals Notts County and Mansfield threw up a shock result. Chris Clements and Ryan Tafazolli both opened their accounts on route to sinking an out of sorts Magpies.
The game of the day came from Brunton Park, a 4-4 thriller between the Cumbrian’s and Cambridge. The long trip up North proved worth it for many of the U’s fans although they could have walked away with all 3 points had Jabo Ibehre not hit a scintillating hat-trick.
Bristol Rovers propelled themselves up the table with a victory over lowly positioned Yeovil Town. The same goes for Wimbledon who came from 1-0 down to beat relegated Crawley Town. New signing Andy Barcham was a major factor in the Dons comeback. Providing the cross for Adebayo Akinfenwa to head in, shortly before nodding the winner 14 minutes from time.
Two late goals from Oxford United rescued a point from a game that they never looked like winning. Luke Wilkinson had opened the scoring with Cameron McGeehan doubling the lead from the spot. Kemar Roofe gave Oxford hope with 82 on the clock. Maximum points were stole away from te Hatters with Tommie Hoban pocking home after McGeehan had blazed over moments earlier. In the final match two formal England internationals went head to head in the dugout, with the spoils being shared.
Barnet 0-2 Wycombe
Carlisle 4-4 Cambridge
Crawley 1-2 Wimbledon
Dag & Red 1-3 Leyton Orient
Luton 2-2 Oxford
Morecambe 1-0 Accrington
Newport 2-2 Stevenage
Northampton 3-0 Exeter
Plymouth 1-2 Portsmouth
Yeovil 0-1 Bristol Rovers
York 1-2 Hartlepool
Notts County 0-2 Mansfield