Gills extend lead, Exeter held

Gillingham extended their lead at the top of League Two to three

points with a 4-0 home win over Bristol Rovers, while Exeter drew

with York.

The Gills did most of the damage in the first half, going 3-0 up

thanks to a Danny Kedwell penalty in the fifth minute, a header

from the same player 10 minutes later and Charlie Lee’s nodded

effort seconds before the interval.

Chris Whelpdale headed in a fourth eight minutes from time for

the hosts, who now have 16 points from their opening six league

fixtures this term.

At the start of the day they had been a point clear of

second-placed Exeter, who drop to fourth after their 1-1 home draw

with York, a result they salvaged through John O’Flynn’s late

equaliser after Michael Coulson had put the Minstermen in

front.

The Grecians have been leapfrogged in the table by Port Vale and

Fleetwood, who both join them on 13 points after victories.

Vale are up to second with a 3-1 win at Plymouth, who were ahead

through Robbie Williams before the away side responded with a

Jennison Myrie-Williams penalty and goals from Ashley Vincent and

Ben Williamson.

Third-placed Fleetwood, meanwhile, secured their three points

right at the death as Andy Mangan’s stoppage-time header earned

them a 1-0 triumph at home against Northampton, the visitors having

been reduced to 10 men in the first half by Danny East’s

dismissal.

Accrington stay fifth after a 1-1 draw at Dagenham, Peter Murphy

ensuring Stanley’s point late on by cancelling out Luke Howell’s

goal for the hosts.

Alex Revell’s finish saw Rotherham to a 1-0 home victory over

Torquay which saw them move up to sixth, while Bradford advanced

into the final play-off berth with a 3-0 home win against

rock-bottom Barnet, second-half goals from James Hanson, Alan

Connell and Andrew Davies sealing it.

Southend came from behind to beat Cheltenham 3-1 away, the

visitors hitting back after Jermaine McGlashan’s early goal through

Sean Clohessy, Britt Assombalonga and Mark Phillips.

Calvin Zola and Jacques Maghoma notched a brace each as Burton

routed Oxford 4-0 at home, while Aldershot and Morecambe drew

0-0.

Elsewhere, Rochdale defeated Wimbledon 2-1 away, Dele Adebola

and Bobby Grant putting the visitors in charge in the first half –

with visiting striker Jack Midson being shown a red card between

the two goals – before Luke Moore’s late reply, and Chesterfield

won 3-1 at home against Wycombe.

Wanderers had Leon Johnson sent off after only 10 minutes and

the hosts soon took advantage, Chris Atkinson and Jack Lester

swiftly netting. A Neal Trotman own-goal gave Wycombe hope, but Sam

Hird then added Chesterfield’s third.