League One Review - May 3rd

Last updated : 03 May 2008 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Champions Swansea City played their final game at this level by signing off with a 1-0 away win at Brighton & Hove Albion to claim their 14th away win of the season. The only goal of the game came in the 78th minute when Brandy netted the winner for the Welsh side. Brighton & Hove Albion 7th, Swansea City 1st.

Nottingham Forest claimed the second automatic promotion place with a final day win over Yeovil Town at the City Ground. Bennett and Commons gave the home side a 2-goal lead with strikes in the 12th and 18th minutes. Peters pulled one back in the 20th minute. McGugan effectively sealed victory with a 3rd goal for the home side in the 28th minute. Kirk pulled one back for the visitors in the 75th minute to set up a nervy finish! Nottingham Forest 2nd, Yeovil Town 18th.

Doncaster Rovers will have to settle for the play-offs as they slipped to a surprise defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, who in turn ensured their League One survival. Gillespie gave the home side a 24th minute lead, but saw Green level for the visitors in the 76th minute. Connor ensured the home sides revival with an 85th minute winner. Cheltenham Town 19th, Doncaster Rovers 3rd.

Carlisle United will also have to settle for the play-offs following a 1-1 draw against AFC Bournemouth, who were relegated to League Two as results went against the Cherries. Dobie gave the Cumbrians a 57th minute lead, which was cancelled out by a Pitman leveller in the 68th minute. Both sides pushed for a winner, but it was not to be. Carlisle United 4th, AFC Bournemouth 21st.

Leeds United bounced back after their tribunal disappointment with a 2-1 win over Gillingham at Elland Road. A result which leaves Gillingham facing League Two football next season. The Gills clearly had not read the script as they took the lead through Jackson in the 20th minute. Johnson levelled for the home side in the 69th minute, with Kandol scoring the winner in the 88th minute to seal the fate of the Gills. Leeds United 5th, Gillingham 22nd.

Southend United had to come from behind to claim a point against Port Vale at Roots Hall. Milligan gave Vale a 23rd minute lead, with Walker levelling in the 84th minute. Southend United 6th, Port Vale 23rd.

Oldham Athletic gave the others struggling to avoid the drop hope with an emphatic 4-1 win over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. Smalley gave the visitors a 5th minute lead, followed by a brace from Eardley in the 32nd and 59th minutes, plus a 4th from McDonald in the 69th minute as Crewe imploded at home. The home side netted a consolation through Jones in the 84th minute. Crewe Alexandra 20th, Oldham Athletic 8th.

Northampton Town finished the season on a high with a win over Tranmere Rovers at Sixfields. Akinfenwa gave the home side a 3rd minute lead. Greenacre levelled in the 43rd minute, but saw Hubertz netting the winner in the 68th minute. Northampton Town 9th, Tranmere Rovers 11th.

Huddersfield Town finished on a high with a wingle goal victory over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Jevons netted for the visitors in the 77th minute. Luton Town 24th, Huddersfield Town 10th.

Walsall and Hartlepool United battled out a 2-2 draw in a mid-table tussle at the Bescot Stadium. Dobson have the Saddlers a 9th minute lead, with Mooney adding to the advantage in the 15th minute. Mackay pulled one back for the visitors in the 19th minute, with Clark salvaging a point in the final minute of the game. Walsall 12th, Hartlepool United 15th.

Swindon Town finished the season with a win over Millwall at the County Ground. Senda gave the visitors a 6th minute lead, but saw Cox convert a penalty in the 31st minute and McNamee score the winner in the 51st minute. Swindon Town 13th, Millwall 17th.

Leyton Orient managed to finish their season on a high with a 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers at Brisbane Road. Gray converted a 12th minute penalty for the home side, with Lambert levelling in the 29th minute. Boyd restored the advantage in the 81st minute with Ibehre putting the result beyond doubt in the 90th minute. Leyton Orient 14th, Bristol Rovers 16th.