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League One and Two Roundup - September 12th

James Richards rounds up the midweek action from the third and fourth tiers of English football.

A.F.C. Wimbledon v Gillingham - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images

We had 40 goals scored in League One including another win for Shrewsbury and a late goal rescuing Bradford a point. League Two had 22 goals including a surprise away win for Grimsby and another victory for Paul Tisdale's men! Here is our round-up...

LEAGUE ONE

AFC Wimbledon could only draw 1-1 with 10 man Gillingham at Kingsmeadow. Despite taking the lead through Barcham and their opponents being down to 10 men for the entire second half they let Sean Clare grab a scrappy equaliser.

Peterborough United bounced back to winning ways by beating MK Dons 2-0 in the local derby at London Road. Goals from Tafazolli and Maddison were enough to grab all three point and take The Posh second.

Two promotion hopefuls met at The Valley but it was the away Athletic that took the spoils, as Wigan dispatched Charlton 3-0. Two goals from Massey and one from Sam Morsy proved the credentials of a side many have labelled title favourites.

The problems continued for Lee Clarke as his Bury side lost 3-2 at Fleetwood Town. The Cod Army have looked good so far this season and two goals from Jordy Hiwula gave them a lead before first Jermaine Beckford and then Josh Laurent made it all square at the break. Fleetwood retook the lead when Ash Hunter scored and Beckford missed a late penalty to confound Bury’s misery.

It was two wins in two for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as his Northampton Town side beat Portsmouth 3-1 at Sixfields. Goals from Chris Long and Matt Crooks put them 2-0 up before Kennedy pulled one back. Long added his second of the game with 20 minutes left to seal the win.

Oxford United were unlucky to only draw 2-2 with Bradford City at the Kassam Stadium. Omari Patrick gave the Bantams the lead against the run of play. Wes Thomas equalised before Rothwell gave Oxford the lead with three minutes left. In the fourth minute of time added on Vincelot headed an equaliser ensuring Bradford left with a point.

Oldham Athletic put their fans through the ringer after squandering a 2-0 lead late on only to grab an even later winner to beat Bristol Rovers 3-2! The Latics took the lead through Bryne and Davies before two goals in two minutes from Gaffney and Sweeney pulled Rovers level. Just three minutes late, in the 88th minute, Eoin Doyle nodded home a Davies cross to give Oldham their first win of the season.

Plymouth Argyle lost again to an impressive Blackpool at Home Park. The Seasiders came away with a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Daniel, Ryan and Delfouneso. Sonny Bradley had equalised for Argyle but the game changed when Edwards was sent off for a second bookable offense and Blackpool took full advantage.

Late drama in abundance at Spotland as Rochdale scored twice in stoppage time to beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1. John Marquis had given Rovers the lead with 16 minutes left before Kitchings scored in the 92nd minute, then Davies won it in the 94th!

Rotherham United made it 3 wins in September by thrashing sorry Walsall 5-1 at the New York Stadium. Lee Frecklington grabbed a hat-trick and John Taylor scored a brace as the Millers were too strong for the Saddlers. Bakayoko grabbed the only goal for Walsall.

Scunthorpe United lost 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers at Glanford Park in a close match up. Marcus Antonsson grabbed the only goal on 58 minutes as Blackburn stood firm to grab the three points.

And Shrewsbury Town sit top of League One with a 1-0 win over an average Southend United side. The only goal of the games was scored by Jon Nolan in the 23rd minute. Dean Henderson saved brilliantly from Simon Cox near the end to ensure Salop grabbed another win.

LEAGUE TWO

Accrington lost at home to Grimsby 2-1 thanks to goals from Sam Jones and Martyn Woolford. Kayden Jackson had briefly equalised for Stanley but the Mariners held on for the points.

Mansfield Town and Wycombe Wanderers drew 0-0 at Field Mill as they cancelled each other out. Logan had to make a couple of smart saves to keep out The Chairboys and Mansfield had a chance to win it late on but to no avail.

Coventry City beat Carlisle United thanks to two second half goals. It was no more than the Sky Blues deserved after a frustrating first half. Duckens Nazon opened the scoring and Peter Vincenti sealed it late on with his first goal for Coventry.

Cambridge United got a deserved 1-0 away at Crewe Alexandra thanks to a Jabo Ibehre goal. The striker tap home a rebound after former Royals youngster Uche Ikpeazu’s shot was saved. Crewe struggled to get back in the game and Leon Legge was excellent at the back for the U’s.

Lincoln City came away from a very wet Gloucestershire with a 1-0 win over Forest Green Rovers. Harry Anderson got the only goal of the game in the second half as the weather made it hard for both teams.

Luton Town easily dispatched Port Vale at Kenilworth Road, beating the Valiants 2-0. Vale have now lost six in a row and went behind when Ben Whitfield turned a Luke Berry pass into his own net. Former Reading man Jack Stacey made it 2-0 after half time as Vale sink to the bottom of League Two.

Colchester United grabbed a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with Chesterfield at the Western Home Stadium. Chesterfield led when Louis Reed scored a spectacular effort but Hanlan grabbed the leveller with just 8 minutes left for the U’s.

Padraig Amond scored the only goal of the game as Newport County beat Cheltenham Town 1-0 at Rodney Parade. The conditions in South Wales were pretty awful and Amond got the only goal from a poorly cleared corner. Day made a fine save near the end to ensure Newport held on to win.

Notts County moved second thanks to a 1-0 win against Swindon Town at Meadow Lane. It was a game of few chances but Jon Stead made sure of the points for the Magpies, slotting home a first half penalty.

Stevenage dropped points at home for the second match running as they drew 1-1 with Crawley Town. Danny Newton had given Boro the lead on half time but just four minutes after the break Ibrahim Meite, on loan from Cardiff City, levelled with his first senior goal.

Morecambe came from 2 goals behind to grab a point from Huish Park as they drew 2-2 with Yeovil. Zoko and Sturridge had given the Glovers what looked like a comfortable lead but first McGurk and then Ellison scored to ensure a share of the points for Jim Bentley’s men.

Barnet lost to Exeter City in dramatic style at The Hive. Barnet had taken the lead through Shaquile Coulthirst but The Grecians stole the 2-1 win when Reuben Ried equalised with 12 minutes left and then deep into stoppage time Jayden Stockley won it to keep Paul Tisdale’s team top of League Two.