ROVERS DIS­MISS BOUT OF NERVES

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

DON­CASTER Rovers eased six points clear at the top with a 3-1 home suc­cess against Kevin Nolan’s Notts County.

The Mag­pies took a shock lead through Richard Duffy, but vet­eran James Cop­pinger eased nerves when he lev­elled two min­utes be­fore the break. Mathieu Baudry net­ted just af­ter the restart and Andy Wil­liams sealed it. Sec­ond-placed Ply­mouth had to come from be­hind to earn a 1-1 draw at Wy­combe. Myles We­ston gave the Chairboys the lead, but Nathan Blis­sett, the nephew of former Wat­ford ace Luther, came off the bench to head home a minute af­ter com­ing on.

Portsmouth gave fur­ther proof they are hit­ting form at the per­fect time with a 4-0 de­mo­li­tion job on Grimsby at Frat­ton Park. Kyle Ben­nett, Danny Rose, Carl Baker and Kal Nai­smith were all on the mark for third-placed Pom­pey, who extended their ad­van­tage over the chasers to six points.

Steve­nage dropped from fourth to sixth af­ter a 1-0 de­feat at Black­pool, Mark Cullen’s early penalty prov­ing de­ci­sive.

Carlisle and Lu­ton climbed to fourth and fifth re­spec­tively af­ter playing out a 0-0 draw.

Reuben Reid notched a dou­ble, one from the spot, as Exeter tight­ened their grip on the fi­nal play-off place with a 3-0 win at home against Chel­tenham, who slipped to third bot­tom. Hartle­pool and Crewe eased rel­e­ga­tion fears with 1-0 and 3-0 wins re­spec­tively at Cam­bridge and Craw­ley. Care­taker-boss Michael Flynn made it two wins from two as

New­port climbed off the foot of the di­vi­sion with a 1-0 win at More­cambe, Ryan Bird net­ting the win­ner from the spot.

Ley­ton Ori­ent went bot­tom af­ter a 5-0 thump­ing at Ac­cring­ton. OTHER RE­SULTS: Bar­net 2 Yeovil 2; Colch­ester 2 Mans­field 0.

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