Tranmere on top, Magpies held
Tranmere advanced to the League One summit after a 2-0 home
victory over managerless Coventry, while Notts County drew at
Rovers secured all three points late in the day, strikes from
Jake Cassidy in the 79th minute and Andy Robinson in the 83rd
seeing off the struggling Sky Blues, who are now second-bottom of
Tranmere moved into top spot at the expense of Notts County, who
are a point worse off in second following their 2-2 draw at
County – reduced to 10 men in the first half when Andre Boucaud
was sent off – were 1-0 up shortly after the restart through Joss
Labadie, but Latics debutant Matt Derbyshire swiftly equalised.
Robbie Simpson then missed the chance to put the home side in
front by failing to convert a penalty and Jamal Campbell-Ryce
restored the visitors’ lead in the 82nd minute, only for another
Oldham player making his bow, Jose Baxter, to draw things level
again within three minutes.
Third-placed Stevenage also drew 2-2, coming from 2-0 down to
take a point from their home match against Crewe.
Goals from Ajay Leitch-Smith in the sixth and eighth minute put
the away side in a commanding position early on before Luke Freeman
pulled one back just before the half-hour mark.
Crewe then had Chuks Aneke dismissed in the second half before
Robin Shroot’s leveller nine minutes from time.
Crawley are level on points with Stevenage in fourth after their
2-1 win at Preston, Gary Alexander scoring both goals for the
visitors and Paul Huntington replying late on.
Fifth-placed Walsall triumphed 2-1 at Portsmouth with James
Baxendale and Florent Cuvelier making Izale McLeod’s goal
worthless, while Yeovil – the other side currently making up the
top six – were beaten 1-0 at MK Dons and Charlie MacDonald’s
Sheffield United’s 1-1 draw with Bury at Bramall Lane saw them
slip out of the play-off berths, with Nick Blackman and Peter
Sweeney trading early goals.
Elsewhere, Scunthorpe moved off the foot of the table with a 1-0
victory at Shrewsbury given to them by Leon Clarke, whole Doncaster
won 2-1 at Colchester, who are now rock-bottom.
David Cotterill opened things up for Doncaster but Magnus
Okuonghae before Andy Bond put through his own goal.
Bournemouth and Hartlepool drew 1-1, with Matt Tubbs rescuing a
last-minute point for the Cherries after Simon Walton’s penalty,
while Carlisle and Swindon played out a 2-2 draw.
The goals were all scored before the 32nd minute, with Jake
Jervis twice putting Carlisle ahead, with the equalisers coming
from Adam Rooney and Paul Benson.