League One Review - March 11th
Doncaster Rovers maintained their push for automatic promotion with a 2-1 win over struggling Gillingham at the Keepmoat Stadium. Coppinger gave the home side a great start with a goal in the 4th minute, which was followed with a Heffernan penalty in the 48th minute. The Gills netted a consolation in the 56th minute through Crofts. Doncaster Rovers 2nd, Gillingham 21st.
Carlisle United maintained the pressure with a win of their own, their 15th at Brunton Park this season, following a 2-1 victory over struggling Luton Town. Livesey (22nd min) and Murphy (29th min) gave the home side a 2-0 half time led. Bell pulled one back for the visitors 6 minutes after the re start. Carlisle United 3rd, Luton Town 23rd.
Southend United maintained their claim for a play-off place with a 1-1 draw with fellow play-off contenders Nottingham Forest at Roots Hall. Robson-Kanu gave the home side a 20th minute lead, with Thornhill claiming a point in the 65th minute. Southend United 6th, Nottingham Forest 4th.
Walsall didn't help their cause by slipping to one of the chasing play-off pack, Brighton & Hove Albion, at Bescot. Gerrard gave the Saddlers a 29th minute lead, but saw Forster (34th min) and a Gerrard own goal (79th min) giving the Sussex side a 5th away win of the season. Walsall 5th, Brighton & Hove Albion 11th.
Leeds United are doing their best NOT to make the play-offs at the moment following a 2-1 home defeat against struggling Cheltenham Town at Elland Road. Bird gave the visitors a 38th minute lead, with Russell doubling the advantage in the 63rd minute. Elding netted a consolation with 5 minutes to go. Leeds United 7th, Cheltenham Town 19th.
Oldham Athletic are closing in on a play-off place following their 2-0 win over struggling AFC Bournemouth at Boundary Park. A brace of penalties from Eardley in the 24th and 80th minutes was enough to see off the Dean Court side. Oldham Athletic 8th, AFC Bournemouth 22nd.
Leyton Orient managed to come from behind to get their quest for a play-off place back on track. Thelwell gave Swindon Town a 20th minute lead at Brisbane Road, when he put the ball past his own keeper. I suspect that he was thankgul of Boyd who netted a brace for the East London side to claim the points in the 51st and 55th minutes. Leyton Orient 10th, Swindon Town 14th.
Hartlepool United are practically safe from the drop with a 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town at the Victoria Ground - their 10th at home this season. Collins gave United a 30th minute lead, with Mackay extending the lead in the 50th minute. Clarke pulled one back in the 64th minute, but it was not enough to salvage a point. Hartlepool United 13th, Huddersfield Town 15th.
Yeovil Town are hovering above the main relegation scrap, but were dragged a step closer with a 1-0 defeat against Millwall at Huish Park. Savage netted the only goal of the game in the 70th minute to secure a precious win. Yeovil Town 16th, Millwall 18th.
Crewe Alexandra didn't help their cause against relegation doomed Port Vale at Gresty Road. Even though Vale are practically down they picked up their 3rd win on the road with goals from Harsley (57th min pen) and Rodgers (81st min) to secure the win. Crewe Alexandra 20th, Port Vale 24th.
Bristol Rovers (17th) and Northampton Town (12th) face each other at the Memorial Ground on Wednesday evening.