The race for promotion to the Championship is hotting up as second placed Scunthorpe United lost more ground on League One leaders Sheffield United last night, losing at home to AFC Wimbledon. A goal on the hour mark from Dean Parrett was followed just nine minutes later by a second from Dominic Poleon.
Josh Morris scored his 20th goal of the season from a free kick late on but it was to be a mere consolation, as the Iron’s run of poor form continued. They now haven’t won since the 28th January and defeat on Saturday could see them fall out of the automatic promotion places.
The chasing pack couldn’t take advantage of Scunthorpe’s slip, with Bradford being held 2-2 at home by MK Dons and Byron Moore’s first goal for Bristol Rovers denying Bolton all three points at the Macron Stadium.
With Sheffield United not in action and the game between Oxford and Fleetwood postponed due to Oxford’s involvement in the Football League Trophy, Millwall were the only side in the top six to taste victory. A Lee Gregory penalty helped them to a 1-0 victory over Peterborough, which helped put five points between themselves and their opponents, who sit eighth in the league.
In the relegation battle, Coventry’s woes continued as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against fellow basement battlers Bury. Goals from James Vaughan and Tom Pope helped the hosts move into a two goal lead at half-time. Coventry halved the deficit but could not get themselves level and now find themselves 14 points adrift with a mountain to climb if they are to preserve their League One status. Bury meanwhile moved four points clear of the relegation zone.
It was good evening for Swindon Town, who secured back-to-back victories with a 3-1 win over Gillingham. The Robins found themselves 1-0 down at half-time but three second-half goals from Rohan Ince, Jon Obika and fired them to victory. The Robins are not just three points off of safety whilst Gillingham have just a three point cushion between themselves and the relegation zone.
In fact, more pressure was piled on the Gills by Oldham’s victory over Northampton, thanks to a stoppage time winner by Lee Irwin. The Latics are now unbeaten in five and are the in-form team in the bottom half.
Back-to-back defeats for Northampton have dragged them into the relegation battle, which is turning into a very close run affair with just seven points separating MK Dons in 14th and Swindon in 21st.
Elsewhere, there was a high scoring encounter between Shrewsbury Town and Charlton Athletic, who faced heavy criticism from manager Karl Robinson after falling to a 4-3 defeat. Ricky Holmes scored a hat-trick for Charlton but goals from Tyler Roberts, Shaun Whalley and a brace from Louis Dodds cancelled it out and gave the home side a crucial victory. The Addicks are now without a win in seven, losing their last three matches.
The final fixture between Rochdale and Port Vale was postponed due to a water-logged pitch.
Bury 2-1 Coventry City
Millwall 1-0 Peterborough United
Northampton Town 1-2 Oldham Athletic
Oxford United P-P Fleetwood Town (Fixture clash)
Rochdale P-P Port Vale (Waterlogged pitch)
Scunthorpe United 1-2 AFC Wimbledon
Shrewsbury Town 4-3 Charlton Athletic
Swindon Town 3-1 Gillingham
Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Bristol Rovers
By Alex Knight