Marquis in noble show
DONCASTER are on the verge of promotion after John Marquis’ hat-trick helped them to a thumping 5-1 win at GRIMSBY and moved them six points clear at the top.
Sam Jones’ strike put the Mariners ahead but Rovers were level when Andy Williams’ dummy allowed Marquis (below) to slot home.
He added two more before Williams grabbed the fourth and Alfie May bundled in a fifth late on.
Second-place PLYMOUTH slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to in-form ACCRINGTON for whom Jordan Clark grabbed the goal.
PORTSMOUTH’S 2-0 win at struggling HARTLEPOOL saw them close the gap on second to four points.
Former Pools loanee Kal Naismith volleyed Pompey in front and Gary Roberts doubled their lead.
STEVENAGE stay fourth as Tom Pett’s early deflected strike earned them a 1-0 win against BARNET, while Ollie Palmer’s lastminute strike saw LUTON get the better of play-off rivals BLACKPOOL.
Reuben Reid’s penalty in the seventh minute of stoppage time snatched EXETER a 2-1 win at MANSFIELD.
At the bottom, NEWPORT closed the gap on safety to five points with a 1-0 win at home to CRAWLEY in a game which ended 10-a-side.
The Exiles grabbed the winner in fine style through Mickey Demetriou.
Both sides had a man sent off early in the second half as Newport midfielder Joss Labadie and Crawley defender Josh Yorwerth saw red for an altercation.