Accrington moved a step closer to automatic promotion following a 1-0 win Wycombe with Mark Hughes’ finish with just over ten minutes left to play seeing Stanley maintain their two-point advantage over fourth-placed Bristol Rovers.
Meanwhile, fellow automatic promotion chasers Oxford won 2-0 at Carlisle. Goals from Chris Maguire and Liam Sercombe sealed what could prove to be a valuable three points that leaves them one point behind Accrington, and one ahead of Bristol Rovers with one match left to play.
The Pirates thrashed York 4-1 to ensure the race for promotion will go down to the wire. Billy Bodin’s brace, along with Jermaine Easter’s effort, put Rovers 3-0 up, before Kenny McEvoy pulled one back, only for Lee Mansell to complete the rout with two minutes left to play.
Northampton lifted the League Two trophy as they beat Luton 2-0 in their final home game of the season. The Cobblers went in front after only four minutes when Zander Diamond met Danny Rose’s corner. John Marquis then doubled their lead after a wonderful pass from John-Joe O’Toole.
Wimbledon secured the final place in the play-offs after a 0-0 draw at Stevenage in game that saw both sides create few chances. The visitors had the best opportunity, but Sean Rigg struck wide in what seemed to be a goal-bound shot.
Portsmouth’s slim chances of automatic promotion were dashed despite beating Hartlepool 2-0 after other results did not go their way. Kal Naismith put Pompey ahead with a flicked finish from close-range, before Conor Chaplin netted his 11th strike of the campaign.
Yeovil came from 3-1 down to beat Barnet 4-3 in an extraordinary game at The Hive. Michael Gash put the Bees in front before John Akinde scored either side of Matt Dolan’s effort. The Glovers though recovered sensationally through Nathan Smith, Francois Zoko and on-loan Bournemouth winger Harry Conrick, who struck the winner deep into stoppage-time.
Relegated Dagenham beat Crawley 3-0 in the Red Devils’ first game under the management of Dermot Drummy. Christian Doidge put the Daggers in the lead with a fine effort from 18 yards, before netting his second with a well-taken half-volley. Ashley Hemmings finished off the scoring for the hosts.
Cambridge’s play-off hopes were extinguished after a stoppage-time goal saw them draw 2-2 at home to Plymouth, whose automatic promotion hopes were also ended as a result. Jamille Matt put the Pilgrims ahead with 20 minutes left to play, but two goal in the final ten minutes by the hosts kept their play-off chances alive when Ben Williamson and Jimmy Spencer made it 2-1. Yet, Graham Carey’s 12th goal of the season in stoppage-time ended United’s chances of a top-seven finish.
Leyton Orient beat Mansfield 1-0 to move O’s up to ninth place and above the Stags. Ollie Palmer netted the decisive goal against his former club with a header from Lloyd James’ cross. Town drop to 13th.
Notts County won for the first time in four games with a 1-0 win over Newport, who have now gone ten matches without a win. Genaro Snijders netted his third goal of the season, after the Netherlands striker picked up a loose ball and finished well.
And, finally, Exeter drew 1-1 at home to Morecambe with both sides scoring in the last five minutes. Kevin Ellison put the visitors 1-0 up in the 85th minute, only for Jayden Stockley to equalise from the penalty spot four minutes later.
Player of the Week: Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers)
Team of the Week: Yeovil Town
Goal of the Week: Kal Naismith (Hartlepool vs PORTSMOUTH)