Northampton edged closer towards automatic promotion from League Two after a 1-0 win over Newport saw them extend their unbeaten run to 16 games. John Marquis grabbed the match’s only goal with a calm finish after Lee Martin’s pinpoint pass.
Bristol Rovers remain in third place, above Plymouth on goal difference, after they defeated Cambridge 3-0. Billy Bodin’s brace inside the opening 20 minutes secured them the win, before Matty Taylor’s low drive stretched their lead.
Portsmouth thrashed Notts County 4-0 as new Magpies boss Mark Cooper got off to a terrible start to his tenure. Kyle Bennett struck either side of half-time, before solid headers from Christian Burgess and Marc McNulty completed the rout.
Plymouth saw off ten-man Morecambe 2-0 to keep their automatic promotion hopes alive. Loanee Jordan Houghton put the Pilgrims in front; but the hosts’ afternoon got worse when Alex Kenyon was show a straight red card for a reckless foul on Carl McHugh. Another loanee Jamille Matt then doubled the visitor’s lead shortly after the interval to secure all three points.
York remain seven points from safety as they came from behind twice to draw 2-2 at home to Crawley. Matt Harold put the Red Devils in front, but Luke Summerfield levelled the score’s from the penalty spot. Liam McAlinden’s effort put the visitors ahead again before Michael Coulson equalised with a superb curling strike from 15-yards out.
Accrington are just a point off of the automatic promotion places after they defeated Leyton Orient 1-0. Scott Brown scored the only goal just after the break as the hosts remain in fifth place, whilst the O’s slip to eighth.
Hartlepool are now 11 points clear of the relegation zone as they won their third game in five matches after they beat AFC Wimbledon 1-0. Adam Jackson’s header in the opening quarter of the game was enough for the hosts.
Wycombe now occupy a play-off place after their 1-0 victory over Mansfield. Michael Harriman was the hero for the hosts even though his goal appeared to have been a cross as he netted for the first time since December.
Oxford’s automatic promotion hopes took a dent as they drew 1-1 with Stevenage. The hosts went ahead through captain Liam Sercombe, who netted his 14th goal of the season, but the visitors equalised when Byron Harrison found the back of the net.
Carlisle’s play-off credentials took another blow as they drew for the fourth consecutive match after a 0-0 draw at Yeovil. Both sides failed to create any real chances, leaving the visitors six points from the top seven, whilst the Glovers remain 11 points clear of the drop.
Exeter have now gone six league games unbeaten after a 1-1 draw with Barnet. Jayden Stockley had put the hosts in front with 20 minutes played, before Curtis Weston equalised just moments later for the Bees.
Player of the Weekend: Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth)
Team of the Weekend: Portsmouth
Goal of the Weekend: Michael Coulson (YORK vs Crawley)