League One Review - Jan 14th

Last updated : 14 January 2012 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator

I know that we're along way from talking about being over the line, but are Charlton Athletic already too far ahead to be denied automatic promotion this season? Their top of the table clash against Sheffield Wednesday saw the Addicks edge the Owls out with a single Jackson goal in the 28th minute to give the League leaders a healthy 7-point gap above the play-off places. Sheffield Wednesday 4th, Charlton Athletic 1st.

Sheffield United took full advantage of their near neighbours slipping up with a convincing 3-0 away win over Bury at Gigg Lane. Second half goals from Cresswell (54th min), Evans (62nd min) and Williamson (81st min) was more than the home side could cope with. Bury 11th, Sheffield United 2nd.

Huddersfield Town also took full advantage of Wednesday's slip with their 6th straight win - a 1-0 home win over Oldham Athletic at the Galpharm. Lee scored the only goal of the game in the 86th minute. Huddersfield Town 3rd, Oldham Athletic 16th.

Could Rochdale's stay in the 3rd tier be coming to an end after just 2 seasons? Their cause wasn't helped with a resounding 5-1 home defeat at the hands of managerless Stevenage Borough at Spotland. The visitors went 2-up through Freeman and Wilson who struck in the 18th and 46th minutes. Ormerod pulled one back in the 52nd minute, only to see Wilson (53rd min), Freeman (58th min) and finally Byrom (66th min) seal the victory, which lifted Borough back in to the play-off places. Rochdale 23rd, Stevenage Borough 6th.

AFC Bournemouth edged closer a play-off place, something that seemed highly unlikely a little earlier in the season as they managed to edge out Notts County at Dean Court with a 2-1 win. Bencherif gave County the lead in the 5th minute, leaving Thomas and Fogden to record their Cherries' 4th home win of the campaign with goals in the 21st and 83rd minutes. AFC Bournemouth 9th, Notts County 14th.

Having poached Graham Westley from Stevenage, Preston North End recorded a win for their new boss with a 3-2 win over struggling Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, but had to come from behind as Trotta gave the Chairboys an 8th minute lead. PNE hit back with goals from Bunn (40th min), Jervis (58th min) and Parry (62nd min pen) before Trotta completed a brace with a 2nd strike in the final minute. Preston North End 10th, Wycombe Wanderers 22nd.

Colchester United could only manage a draw against struggling Scunthorpe United at their Community Stadium. Walker gave Scunny the lead in the 8th minute, with Gillespie levelling for the Essex side from the penalty spot in the 28th minute. Colchester United 12th, Scunthorpe United 19th.

Leyton Orient will consider a 1-1 home draw against Chesterfield at Brisbane Road as 2-points dropped. Mooney gave the O's the lead in the 42nd minute, with Juan levelling for the Spirites in the 69th minute. The result leaves the Spirites (effectively) 8-points adrift of safety given their inferior goal difference. Leyton Orient 15th, Chesterfield 24th.

Could Tranmere Rovers be dragged in to a relegation dog fight in the not too distant future? Their cause wasn't helped with a 2-1 defeat against struggling Yeovil Town at Huish Park. even though McGurk gave the visitors the lead in the 9th minute. The Glovers hit back through Edwards (19th min) and Williams in the 95th minute. Yeovil Town 21st, Tranmere Rovers 17th.

Of the other games played in League One those involving Brentford (8th)/Walsall (20th) and Exeter City (18th)/Hartlepool United (13th) both finished 0-0.

The game between Franchise FC (5th) and Carlisle United (7th) was frozen off just over an hour before kick-off.