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Lower League Roundup: September 30th 2017

What happened in the latest round of third and fourth tier fixtures last weekend?

Shrewsbury Town v Northampton Town - Sky Bet League One Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images


Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Scunthorpe United

Salop made it 11 unbeaten as the put two past Scunthorpe United on Saturday. The Shrews are still untameable as they breached one of the meanest defences in League One. Stephan Payne scored mid way through the first half, turning home a loose ball after Bolton’s initial effort was blocked on the line.

Scunthorpe came close to an equaliser first when Josh Morris saw his free kick well saved by Henderson and then when Paddy Madden fired over. But the Shrews sealed it late on when Carlton Morris raced clear to make it 2-0 and leave Shrewsbury Town four points clear at the top of League One.

Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Gillingham

Blackburn Rovers made hard work of their home match against the struggling Gills. Ex-Reading man Dominic Samual grabbed the only goal of the game just after the half hour mark when he converted Charlie Mulgrew’s knock down. Rovers had their keeper to thank for making sure they kept the point in Lancashire when he brilliantly claw away Elliott List’s close range effort.

Bristol Rovers 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

Bristol Rovers edged out Argyle in a close encounter at the Memorial Ground. The Pilgrims are on a poor run having won just once all season and they were behind when Ellis Harrison set up Gaffney after 22 minutes. Plymouth Argyle equalised seven minutes after the re-start when Nathan Blisset finished smartly from a tight angle but parity didn’t last long and 10 minutes later Billy Bodin smashed home a Gaffney cross for his eighth of the season. It got worse for Argyle when two minutes later they were reduced to 10 men when Gary Miller was shown a straight red for a poor challenge. Rovers should have added to their lead but Letheren made a couple of excellent saves before Nichols hit the post.

The other results in League One:

Wimbledon 0-0 Rochdale, Bradford 2-0 Doncaster, Bury 0-2 MK Dons, Fleetwood 1-3 Charlton, Peterborough 1-4 Oxford, Portsmouth 1-2 Oldham, Rotherham 1-0 Northampton, Southend 2-1 Blackpool, Wigan 2-0 Walsall


Mansfield Town 3-1 Notts County

This Nottinghamshire derby was played out between two of League Two’s heavy weights this season. County had not lost since the opening day coming into this one but neither side could find the break-through in the first half. The goals came flying in for the Stags after the break when Danny Rose scored a brace and Richard Duffy converted into his own net. Carl Dickinson scored a lovely 25 yard free-kick in stoppage time for the Magpies but it was only a consolation.

Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 Barnet

Wycombe made light work of Barnet at Adams Park to continue their excellent start to the season. Barnet started brightly but Akinfenwa gave the Chairboys the lead with a powerful header from a Tyson cross. They doubled the lead in the second half as Akinfenwa turned provide, knocling the ball down for Josh Umerah to finish. It was 3-0 when Nick Freeman finished smartly to make the lead comfortable but Vilhete did grab a consolation for the Bees with 12 minutes left.

The other results in League Two:

Grimsby 0-0 Lincoln, Exeter 4-1 Morecambe, Chesterfield 0-2 Cheltenham, Coventry 1-0 Crewe, Crawley 0-1 Carlisle, Luton 3-1 Newport, Forest Green 0-1 Accrington, Stevenage 2-0 Port Vale, Yeovil 0-1 Colchester, Swindon 2-0 Cambridge

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