Northampton thrashed Leyton Orient 4-0 as they won for the seventh straight game in League Two and are now 15 points clear of fourth placed Wycombe with a game in hand.
Rod McDonald opened the rout with an overhead free-kick before Ricky Holmes’ 20-yard volley made it 2-0 and James Collins’ double secured the win.
Plymouth are still five points off of Northampton as they beat Mansfield 3-0 in a comfortable display. Gregg Wylde hit a stunning volley just after the half an hour mark, before Ryan Brunt hit a brace. The first coming from the penalty spot and the second converting Jake Jervis’ cross.
Oxford are now six points clear in the automatic promotions places as they beat Morecambe 4-2 in a thoroughly entertaining match. The visitors scored three goals in the last 20 minutes to seal the win after Kemar Roofe had put them ahead inside the first ten minutes, before Lee Molyneaux equalised. But, the U’s scored a further three late on in the form of John Lundstram, Danny Hylton and Jordan Bowery. Tom Barkhuizen pulled one back for the hosts in stoppage-time.
Wycombe climbed up to fourth with a 1-0 victory over Exeter as Stephen McGinn scored his first goal for the club with a 25-yard curling effort into the top corner as Gareth Ainsworth’s side’s promotion credentials begin to take shape.
York are now just one point from safety after their 2-1 win over Notts County saw them move off the bottom of the table. Michael Coulson gave them the lead when he lobbed Roy Carroll from the edge of the area before Bradley Fewster made it 2-0. Lubo Satka then converted the ball into his own net.
Accrington thumped Crawley 4-1 in one of the strangest games of the season. The Red Devils took the lead through Gwion Edwards, but Billy Kee equalised shortly after half-time. Then three players were sent-off in the space of three minutes. Both Shay McCartan and Simon Walton were dismissed after a scuffle along with Stanley’s substitute keeper Jason Mooney who raced onto the pitch. The hosts then raced ahead thanks to strikes from Matty Pearson, Seamus Conneely and Piero Mingoia.
Wimbledon ran riot over Luton as they won 4-1 to move three points off of the play-off places. Goals from Ryan Sweeney, Sean Rigg and a brace from Lyle Taylor gave the Dons a 4-0 lead. Jack Marriott’s strike was a mere consolation.
Portsmouth easily defeated Bristol Rovers 3-1 as they won for the first time in four matches, with strikes from Gareth Evans, Marc McNulty and Michael Smith. A late free-kick from Lee Brown was not enough to stop the visitors dropping out of the play-off spots.
Dagenham dropped to the bottom of the league as they lost 2-0 to Barnet. Luke Gambin opened the scoring with 25 minutes played as he ran through the hosts’ defence before finding the back of the net. Michael Nelson then doubled their lead when he finished from Chris Hackett’s cross.
Hartlepool secured a vital win over fellow strugglers Yeovil, winning 2-1 as they moved four points clear of the relegation zone in Craig Hignett’s first game in charge. Billy Paynter gave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot before Adam Jackson doubled their lead. A late Francois Zoko goal failed to spark a Glovers comeback.
Stevenage won their first home game since November 2015 as they beat Cambridge 2-0 with Byron Harrison grabbing both goals after returning to the club on-loan from Chesterfield.
Newport are now seven points clear of the drop zone after a 1-0 victory over Carlisle as Scott Boden scored his 11th goal of the campaign, after Alex Rodman laid the ball perfectly for the club’s top-scorer.
Player of the Weekend: Byron Harrison (Stevenage)
Team of the Weekend: York City
Goal of the Weekend: Ricky Holmes (Leyton Orient vs NORTHAMPTON)