Scunthorpe United got back to winning ways and remain on top of League One with an emphatic 4-1 win away at Walsall.
Three goals from Josh Morris and one from Neal Bishop gave the Iron victory and keeps them one-point clear at the summit. Erhun Oztumer scored the Saddlers’ consolation as they dropped to 20th place.
Bury kept the pressure on the leaders with a 3-1 victory away at the Milton Keynes Dons. A James Vaughan brace and a late Zeli Ismail goal earned all three points for the Shakers, which keeps them second in the standings. Defeat drops the Dons to 14th.
Bradford City moved up into third with a 2-1 home victory over Fleetwood Town. Billy Clarke’s second-half penalty settled this tie for the Bantams as Stuart McCall’s side remain just two points outside the automatic promotion places. The Cod Army fall to 13th.
Northampton Town, last season’s League Two champions, continued to impress in the third-tier on Tuesday night after they won 3-1 away at Swindon Town.
Goals from Harry Beautyman, John-Joe O’Toole and Kenji Gorré moving the Cobblers up to fourth. Sean Murray was on target for the Robins, but they drop down to 18th, only two points above the bottom four.
Port Vale remain on course for a promotion push after a 3-1 win over Millwall. Alexander Jones’ early goal put Vale ahead at half-time, before Martin Paterson and Remie Streete sealed all three points. Lee Gregory’s late penalty did little to lift the mood for the Lions as they were condemned to their third consecutive defeat, which sees them slide down to 17th place.
Sheffield United were another top-half side to pick up a win with a 1-0 victory over Bristol Rovers. Harry Chapman’s strike was enough to move the Blades up to sixth. Jermaine Easter’s dismissal added to the Pirates woes as they dropped to tenth.
It was a bad night for Bolton Wanderers. A 1-0 defeat at the hands of Rochdale saw them end the night as the only side in the top seven not to pick up three points, seeing the Trotters fall out of the play-off spots as a result. Steve Davies was Dale’s hero, his strike moves them up to 15th.
Gillingham stay eighth after a dramatic comeback earned them a point in a 3-3 draw away at Chesterfield. Goals from Conor Wilkinson and Kristian Dennis had the hosts ahead, before Jay Emmanuel-Thomas pulled one back from the spot. Wilkinson’s second of the game appeared to have the Spireites in control of the game, but Emmanuel Thomas found the back of the net from twelve yards for the second time, before the Gills stole a point with Scott Wagstaff’s stoppage time equaliser.
Southend United lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Oxford United. Ryan Leonard and Anthony Wordsworth were on target for the Shrimpers as they move up to 19th. The U’s drop to 16th, despite Kane Hemmings pulling them level shortly before the interval at Roots Hall.
Oldham Athletic remain in trouble near the bottom of the table after a 1-1 draw at Charlton. Peter Clarke rescued a point for the Latics, but they drop a place to 23rd. Josh Magennis was on target for the Addicks, as a point lifts them up to 12th.
Shrewsbury Town also remain in the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at home with Peterborough United. The visitors took the lead through Gwion Edwards, only for Ian Black to level early in the second-half. However, Black went from hero to zero within four minutes. After Ryan Tafazolli’s red card, Black missed the resulting penalty. The Shrews failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage and dropped to 22nd spot. Posh move up to ninth.
Team of Midweek: Bury
Player of Midweek: Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United)