League One Round Up (Nov 21)

Last updated : 21 November 2004 By Andy Burton
They may have had a wobble a few weeks back, but Luton Town are back on track again as they claimed their 3rd straight win against the hapless Franchise FC at the National Hockey Stadium. Luton took the lead as early as the 8th minute as Vine opened the scoring for the visitors, with Howard adding a second towards the end of the half. Small netted what proved to be a consolation, also just before the break. The second half saw Luton's Howard complete his hat trick in the 66th and 83rd minutes to secure an empahatic 4-1 away win. Fanchisee's 23rd, Luton Town 1st.

Of the chasing pack, Tranmere Rovers took up the mantle to chase as they lifted themselves up to the automatic promotion spaces following a 1-0 win over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. The only goal of the game came from Goodison on 38 minutes. Blackpool 20th, Tranmere Rovers 2nd

Bradford City headed to SW London to claim all three points off Brentford - only the second club to deny Brentford a victory at Griffin Park. Abbey (2 mins) and Forrest (79 mins) secured the win before Rhodes bagged Brentford's consolation in the 90th minute. Brentford 8th, Bradford City 3rd.

Hull City were not so lucky as they headed south to Swindon - they were trounced 4-2 by Swindon Town! All seemed okay in the first half as both sides went in level 1-1 at the break as Parkin netted for the hosts (22 mins) and Walters levelled for the visitors (36 mins). But after the break Swindon secured a good home win as O'Hanlon (74), Parkin (his second on 87) and Roberts (90) secured the points. Elliott scored a second for Hull City (90 mins), but it was all too little, all too late to make a difference. Swindon Town 7th, Hull City 4th.

After a poor start to the season, Bristol City look to be back in business and are back in the play-off places following a 3-1 away win at financial crisis club Wrexham. The points were secured through strikes from Bell (36th min penalty), Murray (44) and Brooker (52) before Wrexham claimed a consolation through Armstrong in the 77th minute. Wrexham 17th, Bristol City 7th.

Sheffield Wednesday secured only their 3rd home win of the campaign by beating Hartlepool United 2-0 at Hillsborough. Goals for The Owls came from Maclean (59) and Hamshaw (85). Sheff Weds 10th, Hartlepool 13th.

Doncaster Rovers were made to work by hapless Stockport County at Belle Vue, but in the end they ran out comfortable 3-1 winners. Blundell got the ball rolling in the 9th minute with the opening goal, but 5 minutes after the restart ex-Cherry Warrn Feeney levelled before Ryan (65) and Blundell with his second of the match (67) snuffed out any chance County might have had for a point. Doncaster Rovers 12th, Stockport County 24th.

Port Vale entertained Torquay United and probably wished they handn't as The Gulls secured the second away win of the campaign. Torquay took the lead just before the break through Hill (42) before Cummins levelled just after the break (50). But Torquay seem to be determined to make a fight of it in League One as Constantine secured 3 vital points in the 65th minute. Port Vale 15th, Torquay United 21st.

Walsall alleviated some of the pressure on Paul Merson with a 2-1 win over Peterborough United at Bescott, despite going a goal behind to start with when Purser opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Wrack (62) and Birch (68) secured the win for the Saddlers. Walsall 16th, Peterborough United 22nd

Oldham Athletic and Barnsley unevening shared 5-goals at Boundary Park, with Oldham victorious 3-2, but it was a late late show by the home side to secure the win! Barnsley opened the scoring in the 11th minute through Boulding, with Killen levelling 6 minutes later. Then 10 minutes after the restart, Chopra put Barnsley back in front and all looked good until injury time! Then Killen and Vernon scored for Oldham to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! Oldham Athletic 18th, Barnsley 19th

There were two other games in League One, and both ended goal less as Bournemouth and Chesterfield, Colchester United and Huddersfield Town couldn't break their respective stalemates! Bournemouth 5th, Chesterfield 9th, Colchester United 14th, Huddersfield Town 11th.