Sunday Express - - SPORT - By MAN UTD v SOUTHAMP­TON Richard Jolly TWO

BILLY SHARP net­ted twice as SH­EFFIELD UNITED claimed a 2-0 vic­tory over BOLTON to move seven points clear at the top.

An own goal by BRIS­TOL ROVERS cap­tain Tom Lock­yer earned pro­mo­tion­chas­ing SCUN­THORPE a point from a 1-1 draw at the Memo­rial Sta­dium fol­low­ing Ol­lie Clarke’s opener.

David Ball proved NORTHAMP­TON’S un­do­ing in cre­at­ing one and scor­ing an­other as FLEET­WOOD cruised to a 3-0 vic­tory, with a goal apiece also from De­vante Cole and Bobby Grant.

For­mer PORT VALE loa­nee Alex Jones re­turned to haunt his for­mer club as his late goal gave BRADFORD a 2-1 win at Vale Park and a move up to fifth.

JJ Hooper had equalised for the home side fol­low­ing Ro­main Vincelot’s opener.

Conor McAleny (above) scored a hat-trick as OX­FORD’S pur­suit of a play-off place gath­ered mo­men­tum with a 4-0 maul­ing of rel­e­ga­tion strug­glers CH­ESTER­FIELD. DON­CASTER re­main three points clear at the top af­ter they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by AC­CRING­TON.

A su­perb solo run and fin­ish from Shay McCar­tan put Stan­ley in front af­ter four min­utes, but Don­caster hit back through Tommy Rowe and John Mar­quis (be­low). Ac­cring­ton re­fused to lie down and lev­elled through Jonathan Edwards’ close-range fin­ish.

PLY­MOUTH missed the chance to close the gap as they drew 1-1 against fel­low pro­mo­tion hope­fuls LU­TON at Ke­nil­worth Road.

The Hat­ters took the lead through Danny Hyl­ton but Ply­mouth equalised against the run of play in the 25th minute when Gra­ham Carey’s low cross was tapped in by Craig Tan­ner.

PORTSMOUTH closed the gap on third-placed CARLISLE to three points with a 3-0 win at Brun­ton Park. Gary Roberts bagged a stun­ning solo goal af­ter 73 min­utes and Amine Lin­ganzi and Jack What­mough scored late on.

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