League One Review - March 22nd

Last updated : 23 March 2008 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Swansea City saw their lead cut to just 7 points over the weekend following a 1-1 draw against Southend United at Roots Hall on Good Friday. Scotland gave the Welsh side a 24th minute lead from the penalty spot, with Robson-Kanu levelling just before the break. Southend United 5th, Swansea City 1st.

Carlisle United are back in the automatic promotion places following an emphatic 3-0 away win, their 6th on the road this season, at Brisbane Road against Leyton Orient. Graham gave the Cumbrians a 17th minute lead, with Raven doubling the advantage in the 32nd minute. Smith sealed the win with a 3rd in the 49th minute. Leyton Orient 10th, Carlisle United 2nd.

Doncaster Rovers slipped back in to the play-off picture with a surprise defeat away to Yeovil Town at Huish Park. Skiverton gave the Somerset side a 22nd minute lead, with Owusu adding to the score line in the 31st minute. Heffernan pulled one back in the 73rd minute, but it was not enough to salvage a point. Yeovil Town 16th, Doncaster Rovers 3rd.

Nottingham Forest managed to hang on to 3-points, despite playing almost 70 minutes of the game with just 10 menagainst Northampton Town at Sixfields. Ormerod gave Forest a 9th minute lead, and then saw Perch sent off in the 21st minute. Hubertz levelled for the home side in the 32nd minute, only to see Tyson score the winner from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute. Northampton Town 12th, Nottingham Forest 4th.

Tranmere Rovers applied just about the final nail in the League One coffin of Port Vale at Prenton Park. A Greenacre penalty (68 mins) and a Moore strike in the 88th minute leaves Port Vale with the prospect of being relegated on Easter Monday. Tranmere Rovers 6th, Port Vale 24th.

Brighton & Hove Albion are in with a great shout of making the end of season play-offs following a 2-1 home win over Swindon Town at Withdean. Easton had given the Wiltshire side an 8th minute lead, but saw a brace from Forster in the 12th and 66th minutes ensure that the points remained in Sussex. Brighton & Hove Albion 7th, Swindon Town 15th.

In the live TV game on Easter Saturday, Leeds United claimed their 13th home win of the season with a 2-0 victory over fellow play-off hopefuls Walsall at Elland Road. A Beckford brace in the 29th and 80th minutes was enough to see off the Saddlers. Leeds United 8th, Walsall 9th.

Oldham Athletic saw their dream of a play-off place fade as they could only draw against Millwall at Boundary Park. Savage gave the visitors a 76th minute lead, with Constantine levelling in the 79th minute. Oldham Athletic 11th, Millwall 18th.

Huddersfield Town managed to edge out Bristol Rovers at The Memorial Ground in a 5-goal thriller. Klein-Davies gave the home side a 20th minute lead but saw Berrett level in the 39th minute. Lines restored the home sides advantage in the 49th minute, but saw Brandon level in the 70th minute and Collins snatch an 88th minute winner for the Yorkshire side. Bristol Rovers 17th, Huddersfield Town 13th.

Crewe Alexandra boosted their chances of survival in League One with a much needed win over Hartlepool United at Gresty Road. A Maynard strike in the 20th and 30th minutes gave the home side a 2-0 half time lead. Porter gave the visitors hope with an 81st minute strike, but any hope of a come back was snuffed out when Pope snatched a 3rd for the home side in the 85th minute. Crewe Alexandra 20th, Hartlepool United 14th.

Luton Town could see themselves relegated next Saturday following a 1-1 draw against Cheltenham Town at Kenilworth Road. Parkin gave the home side a 24th minute lead, but any hopes of claiming all 3-points were snuffed out when Gillespie levelled in the 81st minute. Luton Town 22nd, Cheltenham Town 19th.

Gillingham gave themselves a life line at Priestfield against AFC Bournemouth win a 2-1 win, which could see the Cherries relegated to League Two next weekend. Crofts gave the home side a 9th minute lead, with Jackson adding to the advantage in the 26th minute. Kuffour pulled one back for the Cherries in the 28th minute. Try as they might, the visitors could not find an equaliser as chances went begging, including a missed penalty from Gradel. Gillingham 21st, AFC Bournemouth 23rd.