First-half dou­ble keeps Portsmouth clear at top

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Football -

Portsmouth main­tained their three­p­oint lead in League One as the top three teams all won.

The lead­ers de­feated AFC Wim­ble­don 2-1, tak­ing a two-goal first-half lead through Tom Nay­lor and Gareth Evans and then hold­ing on af­ter James Han­son pulled one back in the 63rd minute. Portsmouth lead Peter­bor­ough, who won 2-0 against Scun­thorpe thanks to a sec­ond-half brace from Matt God­den against his for­mer club. Ma­madou Thiam’s spec­tac­u­lar goal was the pick as Barns­ley de­feated Lu­ton 3-2 to stay third.

Don­caster took ad­van­tage of Sun­der­land’s in­ac­tion dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break by beat­ing Rochdale 3-2 at Spot­land to climb into fourth place, Ali Craw­ford, Andy But­ler and Jermaine An­der­son with the goals.

Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley con­tin­ued their fine start to life in League One and moved into the play-off places af­ter beat­ing Brad­ford 3-1 while, in the game be­tween the bot­tom two, Ox­ford over­took Ply­mouth thanks to a 2-0 vic­tory at the Kas­sam Sta­dium.

In-form Si­mon Cox made it five goals in five games with a brace in Southend’s 2-0 vic­tory over Gilling­ham, while late goals se­cured three points for Bur­ton and Coven­try. Pres­sure paid off for Coven­try against Wy­combe as Conor Chap­lin clinched a 1-0 win in the 82nd minute, while Bur­ton had to wait un­til stop­page time for Ben Fox to strike as they beat Bris­tol Rovers by the same score. Fleet­wood were the day’s other win­ners, Paddy Mad­den and Wes Burns se­cur­ing a 2-1 vic­tory over Shrews­bury.

League Two lead­ers Lin­coln scored six goals away from home in the Foot­ball League for the first time in 86 years to re­tain a four-point ad­van­tage. Harry An­der­son – a late in­clu­sion af­ter Ja­son Shack­ell was in­jured in the warm-up – scored his sec­ond goal in four days to put the Imps on their way to a 6-2 vic­tory over Port Vale in only the third minute.

Three goals in 10 min­utes ei­ther side of the break put Vale out of the game as Shay Mc­Car­tan dou­bled the lead just be­fore the break and, deep into stop­page time, Leon Legge’s own goal made it 3-0. Three min­utes af­ter the restart, Michael Bost­wick added a fourth to end any hopes of a Vale come­back as Tom Con­lon’s free-kick and Ben Whit­field’s late penalty were just con­so­la­tions as goals for Scott Whar­ton and James Wil­son con­firmed a 10th league win of the sea­son.

Jonathan Forte’s sixth goal in 10 ap­pear­ances put sec­ond-placed Ex­eter on the way to a 2-0 win at home to Swin­don, which kept them in touch with Lin­coln. New­port kept pace with the top two af­ter se­cur­ing a very late 2-1 win over Steve­nage, with sub­sti­tute An­toine Se­menyo scor­ing in the eighth minute of added time. MK Dons were 1-0 win­ners at Cam­bridge, who have not won in seven matches, thanks to Chuks Aneke’s 29th-minute strike.

Northamp­ton hauled them­selves out of the bot­tom three, beat­ing For­est Green Rovers 2-1.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.