Northampton set a new club-record as they won for a ninth game in a row with a 1-0 victory over Wycombe, seeing the Cobblers move ten points clear of second placed Plymouth. The hosts went ahead through Danny Rose who netted his first goal for the club with just over an hour played.
Whilst, second placed Plymouth could only draw at Crawley 1-1 after conceding a late strike. The Pilgrims had won nine their previous 13 away league matches and went 1-0 up through Ryan Brunt’s header for his tenth goal of the campaign. But, the Red Devils equalised with only seven minutes left through Shamir Fenelon’s close-range finish.
Accrington beat fellow promotion hopefuls Oxford 2-1, despite being reduced to ten men. Kemar Roofe put the hosts ahead with his 20th strike of the season, yet Billy Kee equalised shortly after half-time. The visitors then had Tom Davies sent-off before Scott Brown’s driving effort earned the visitors all three points.
Wimbledon won for the sixth time in seven games with a 2-1 win at Barnet. Lyle Taylor broke the deadlock early in the second-half which was doubled when Ade Adeez converted George Francomb’s cross. Matthew Stevens pulled one back with three minutes to go, but it was too late.
Bristol Rovers beat Morecambe 2-1 in their first game under the new ownership of Jordanian owners, the Al-Qadi family, who recently bought a 92% stake in the club. But it was the visitors who led when Jamie Devitt slotted home a penalty. But, strikes from Rory Gaffney and Billy Bodin gave the Pirates an eventual victory.
Cambridge beat York 3-1 for their third win in four matches with a comfortable display. Jimmy Spencer and Josh Coulson gave the hosts an early lead before James Berrett pulled one back for the visitors. But the U’s restored their two goal advantage when Ben Williamson finish from close-range.
Luton won their first home game in 2016 with a late goal to beat Hartlepool 2-1. Cameron McGeehan put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot, but Adam Jackson levelled the scores before Craig Mackail-Smith came off the bench to net his first goal in five months.
Carlisle beat Stevenage 1-0 as they moved within three points of the play-offs. Jabo Ibehre scored his 15th goal of the campaign when he headed Alexander McQueen’s cross into the back of the net.
Mansfield held on to beat bottom side Dagenham 3-2 after they were reduced to ten men. Oliver Hawkins put the visitors ahead, but strikes from Matty Blair and Adi Yussuf soon had the Stags in front. Krystian Pearce was then dismissed after giving away a penalty which Jamie Cureton blazed over the bar. Matt Green then made it 3-1 before Cureton pulled one back.
Newport are now six points clear of the relegation zone as they recused a late 1-1 draw with Exeter. Jordan Tillson met Lee Holmes’ free-kick to fire the hosts ahead, but Scott Boden equalised with five minutes left.
Leyton Orient inflicted a third straight home defeat for Notts County as they won 1-0. Shaun Brisley scored the game’s only goal as the O’s sit just two places outside the pay-offs.
Strugglers Yeovil managed a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth as they close the gap to just one point from safety. Francois Zoko put the Glovers ahead, before Gary Roberts netted an equaliser just six minutes from time.
Player of the Weekend: Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United)
Team of the Weekend: Accrington Stanley
Goal of the Weekend: James Berrett (Cambridge vs YORK)