Vital View – League 2, 25th-26th March 2017

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The League 2 season continued with the latest round of games played over the weekend.

With Doncaster and Plymouth yet to play each other Portsmouth took advantage to close the gap and extend it on the chasing pack. Newport and Leyton Orient look likely to be relegated from the Football League.

Here’s a round up of the League 2 action from the other games, the top two play each other this afternoon.


Saturday 25th March 2017 – LEAGUE TWO
Accrington Stanley 1-1 Grimsby Town 15:00
Barnet 3-1 Cheltenham Town 15:00
Blackpool 2-1 Hartlepool United 15:00
Cambridge United 0-0 Stevenage 15:00
Carlisle United 0-2 Crewe Alexandra 15:00
Colchester United 2-1 Luton Town 15:00
Crawley Town 3-0 Leyton Orient 15:00
Exeter City 3-3 Yeovil Town 15:00
Morecambe 1-3 Mansfield Town 15:00
Portsmouth 2-1 Newport County 15:00
Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 Notts County 15:00

To be played

Sunday 26th March 2017 – LEAGUE TWO
Doncaster Rovers v Plymouth Argyle 14:45

Accrington maintained an unbeaten run – Stanley have now avoided defeat in the last 10 league games – with a last minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Grimsby at the Crown Ground.

Three goals in nine minutes towards the end of the game at the Hive saw Barnet come from behind to beat Cheltenham 3-1 to record the Bees’ first victory in eight. Defeat for the Robins was a fourth in a row but they remain six points from relegation trouble.

Blackpool came from behind to record a late 2-1 victory over Hartlepool to move into the play off places. Poolie had taken an early but Pools were soon level and claimed a winner 10 minutes from time to move up to fifth. Hartlepool’s third defeat in four means they remain 21st but are eight points above the relegation zone.

The points were shared between Cambridge and Stevenage. This 0-0 draw means the U’s missed the chance to close the gap on a play off place whereas Boro slipped six points off an automatic promotion position.

A sixth defeat in seven games – without a win – saw Carlisle slip out of the top seven. The Cumbrians had been set for automatic promotion not too long ago but this 2-0 defeat to Crewe has cost them a play off spot. Alexandra have now won three in a row to inch towards midtable.

Colchester boosted their play off bid whilst damaging Luton’s following a 2-1 win at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. The U’s are now just two points off the top seven with the Hatters losing ground on an automatic spot and now just a point ahead of the play off chasing pack.

A first victory in seven for Crawley put another nail in Leyton Orient’s coffin as they bid to stay in the Football League. Three goals in nine first half minutes secured the Red Devils a 3-0 win that means Orient remain bottom of the league and seven points from safety with games running out.

Exeter staged a remarkable comeback against West Country rivals Yeovil to claim a point that also kept them in the top seven on goal difference. The Grecians had been three down – the Glovers opened the scoring just past the hour – but an 88th minute consolation was followed up by two goals in added time to record a 3-3 draw at St James Park.

Having lost for a sixth straight game Morecambe will be thankful for the breathing space they have on the bottom two! Mansfield on the other hand are now just a point off the play offs following this 3-1 win.

A six point gap on fourth placed Stevenage was opened up by Portsmouth following a 2-1 over relegation threatened Newport. Victory for Pompey also – at the time – closed the gap on Plymouth to four points with the Exiles left six points from Football League survival.

Wycombe’s first defeat in six could prove costly to their play off bid as the Chairboys are now four points off the top seven with several clubs above them. Notts County’s 1-0 win at Adams Park was a third win in four to pull them well clear of relegation.

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