Gillingham took top spot thanks to Jake Hessenthaler’s controversial second half strike. The assistant referee ruled the ball had crossed the line, a view not shared by many Doncaster Rovers fans. Their nearest rivals, Walsall, slumped to their first defeat of the campaign with a shock 1-0 at the hands of Bury. Craig Jones was the difference between the teams as Walsall found Shakers stopper Rob Lainton in stunning from between the sticks, and weren’t able to equalize.
With Sheffield United not playing, and Burton having to wait until tomorrow to face Coventry City, Rochdale and Swindon had the chance to make up ground on the leagues automatic promotion places. Dale were minutes away from ending the day in 3rd position but Jamille Matt struck late to conceal Rochdale to yet another draw. Swindon were more fortunate, coming from behind to claim victory against a struggling Crewe side as new arrivals Wes Thomas and Nicky Ajose both got on the score sheet.
Blackpool claimed maximum points for the first time this season with a crucial 1-0 away win over Scunthorpe United. Brad Potts was the beneficiary of Henry Cameron’s set up as the Lancashire side rose from the bottom of the table for the first time this season.
With Millwall and Colchester not playing, Peterborough United can count themselves lucky not to find themselves in the drop zone this weekend. A lacklustre display condemned Dave Robertson’s men to another defeat away from home with many fans calling for the former Marine to be replaced.
An astonishing flurry of last gasp goals means that Wigan are now within reach of the play-offs just a couple of weeks after relegation looked like a serious threat. Leon Barnett atoned for his 68th minute own goal by driving in what would be the catalyst to a scintillating victory for the Latics. Craig Davies levelled things with 3 minutes remaining and substitute Jordy Hiwula, recently signed from Huddersfield Town, found the corner from the centre of the Spireites box to complete the comeback.
Elsewhere Jordan Clark struck deep into injury time to hand Shrewsbury all three points. And Jonathan Forte’s first half dismissal would prove pivotal as Bradford City overturned a one goal deficit to gain all three points.
Results in full
Southend 2-1 Peterborough
Barnsley 1-2 Shrewsbury
Chesterfield 2-3 Wigan
Crewe 1-3 Swindon
Fleetwood 1-1 Rochdale
Gillingham 1-0 Doncaster
Oldham 1-2 Bradford
Scunthorpe 0-1 Blackpool
Walsall 0-1 Bury