League One Review - March 29th

Last updated : 29 March 2008 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Swansea City took another step towards the Championship with an emphatic 3-1 win over Hartlepool United at the Victoria Ground, their 12th win on the road this season. Liddle gave the home side a 1st minute lead, with Pratley levelling in the 23rd minute and Scotland giving the Welsh side the lead with a penalty kick on the stroke of half time. Pratley scored his second of the afternoon to seal the win in the 73rd minute. Hartlepool United 13th, Swansea City 1st.

Carlisle United were surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw at struggling Gillingham at Priestfield. Gillingham 21st, Carlisle United 2nd.

Doncaster Rovers applied the pressure on the leading two with a Friday night win over play-off rivals Nottingham Forest at the Keepmoat Stadium. Roberts scored the only goal of the game in the 74th minute. Doncaster Rovers 3rd, Nottingham Forest 5th.

Southend United took advantage of Forest's slip with a 1-0 win over Walsall at Roots Hall. barnard scored the only goal of the game in the 47th minute. Southend United 4th, Walsall 10th.

Tranmere Rovers got their play-off ambitions back on track, at Prenton Park, with a 2-1 win over hapless Swindon Town, who have really fallen away in recent weeks. Jennings gave Rovers a 12th minute lead, which was added to by Greenacre in the 40th minute. Paynter pulled one back for Town in the 74th minute, but it was not going to be enough. Tranmere Rovers 6th, Swindon Town 16th.

Leeds United failed to regain a top-6 placing as they were held 0-0 by fellow play-off contenders Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road. Leeds United 8th, Brighton & Hove Albion 7th.

Oldham Athletic rekindled their play-off ambitions with a 4-1 win over Huddersfield Town at Boundary Park. A brace from Jarrett, and another from Constantine gave the Latics a 3-0 half time lead with strikes in the 8th, 40th and 45th minutes respectively. Taylor made it 4 with a goal of his own in the 61st minute before Mirfin netted a consolation in the final few moments for Town. Oldham Athletic 9th, Huddersfield Town 14th.

Leyton Orient have fallen away dramatically in recent times, and have seen their play-off ambitions well and truely killed off. They suffered their latest defeat at lowly Port Vale who won 2-1 at Vale Park - just their 5th home win of the campaign. Boyd had given the East London side a 26th minute from the penalty spot, but saw Richards level in the 75th minute, and Howland score a winner in the final few seconds. Port Vale 24th, Leyton Orient 11th.

Northampton Town saw their play-off ambitions all but evaporate at Whaddon Road against Cheltenham Town. Gillespie gave the home side a 39th minute lead, only to see Coke level for the Cobblers in the 76th minute. Cheltenham Town 17th, Northampton Town 12th.

AFC Bournemouth kept alive their slim chances of remaining in League One as they saw off Millwall at Dean Court. Gradel netted a brace of goals with strikes in the 75th (from the penalty spot) and the 88th minutes to secure the Cherries 8th home league win in 21 home league matches. All 8 of those wins coming in the last 12 home league matches! AFC Bournemouth 22nd, Millwall 19th.

Luton Town also kept alive their even slimmer hopes of staying up with a 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra at Kenilworth Road. A Maynard goal for the visitors in the 58th minute, either side of a brace from Spring in the 4th and 78th (penalty) minutes was enough to seal victory. Luton Town 23rd, Crewe Alexandra 20th.

The only other game of the day in League One saw Yeovil Town (15th) draw 0-0 with Bristol Rovers (18th) at Huish Park.