Football League Review – 11th-12th Oct 2008

by Mystical Mike

Monday, October 13th, 2008

With the Championship taking a break this weekend for the international games, there’s still plenty to plough through in the Football League round up this weekend as Cheltenham won a thriller at home to Colchester in League One and the pressure eased on Gillingham boss Mark Stimson in League Two.

Scunthorpe United are standing proud on the top of League One this weekend as they recorded a comfortable home win over Crewe at Glanford Park, their ninth win in ten games. That defeat leaves Crewe in the bottom four. Leicester didn’t play due to international call ups but can reclaim top spot with a win in their game in hand.

Leeds are two points off the pace after beating Brighton 3-1 at Elland Road with Luciano Becchio and two from Jermaine Beckford saw them to a good win. Millwall kept their good run going by beating Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park whilst MK Dons won the televised game 3-1 against Carlisle. Oldham drop to sixth but can go third with a win over Hereford tomorrow afternoon.

At the bottom, Hereford will be praying for a win at Boundary Park because if they can claim all three points they will go off the foot of the table. Crewe are just a couple of points ahead of them while Yeovil didn’t play but are also on just seven points. Colchester drop into the bottom four following their dramatic 4-3 reverse at Cheltenham. Barry Hayles scored in the fifth minute of injury time to win it for The Robins who are up to eighteenth.

In League Two, Wycombe recovered from their mid-week hammering in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (going out 7-0 at home to Shrewsbury) to claim a draw at Grimsby Town. New Grimsby boss Mike Newell saw his side take the lead before Wycombe’s’ Tommy Docherty was sent off just minutes from the end. But Wanderers in the second hit back with a late equaliser from Leon Johnson. Dagenham and Redbridge are up to second place as the surprise package of League Two after they won on Friday night. The performance of the day though came at Accrington Stanley, who took a 2-0 home lead against high flying Bradford. But the Bantams incredibly scored three goals in the final ten minutes to win 3-2 and take them to third.

Bury slipped out of the top three as they were beaten at home by Exeter City as the league newcomers stole the points with a single Richard Logan goal. Shrewsbury failed to keep their performance levels up after that 7-0 win in the week as they were beaten by ten man Port Vale at the New Meadow. Brentford can go third if they win their game in hand at Notts County on Monday evening (Live on Sky Sports 1, 7:45pm). Exeter’s good win at Bury means they make up the top seven.

Gillingham boss Mark Stimson was under pressure going into his side’s home game with Morecambe but the Gills recorded an impressive 5-0 home win to ease the worries of theirs boss. Simeon Jackson scored twice and Mark McCammon sealed the win with ten minutes to go.

At the bottom, two sides who started on minus points clashed as Bournemouth held Rotherham to a goalless draw which keeps the visitors nine points clear of the bottom two. Luton suffered more heartache as they were beaten at home by Darlington with a stoppage time winner by Greg Blundell.

The Championship returns next weekend with the pick of the fixtures seeing Birmingham travel to Burnley whilst two improving sides, Derby and Plymouth face off at Pride Park. Millwall face Leeds in League One in a 4th v 3rd place clash and League Two leaders Wycombe host Darlington.For more of Danny’s great blogs goto aloadofcobblers

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