Football League: Bristol Rovers hammer Northampton whilst Forest Green hold Notts County

Northampton Town manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink looks on dejected  during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Bristol Rovers at Sixfields on October 7, 2017 in...

• If Bristol Rovers could defend as well as they can attack they might be threatening the upper reaches of League One.

League One

They hit six goals at Sixfields to thrash Northampton and become the top scorers in the division, sadly for Darrell Clarke’s side it meant their goal difference only returned to zero. Billy Bodin, Ellis Harrison (twice), Liam Sercombe, Rory Gaffney and Dominic Telford all filled their boots as Rovers moved up to 12th.

• At the top of the league, leaders Shrewsbury remained unbeaten but were held by Walsall at the Bescot. The 1-1 draw in the Midlands allowed Wigan to gain ground with a 2-1 win at Scunthorpe. Daniel Agyei had put Walsall ahead before Stefan Payne levelled for the Shrews. At Glanford Park, Dan Burn and Nick Powell got the goals for the Latics with Funso Ojo only making the game interesting for the Iron in the 90th minute.

Bradford kept pace with the top two by beating MK Dons 4-1 at Stadium MK. Aaron Tshibola’s dismissal for hacking down Jake Reeves when through one-on-one after just five minutes allowed the Bantams an easy route to victory. Romain Vincelot, Charlie Wkye (two) and Paul Taylor netted for the visitors, with Ethan Ebanks-Landell getting the lone Dons goal. Doncaster Rovers beat Southend by the same scoreline at the Keepmoat, with Ben Whiteman scoring a hat-trick.

1 Shrewsbury 12 10 30
2 Wigan 12 15 28
3 Bradford 12 9 26
4 Rotherham 12 9 21
5 Peterborough 11 5 20

Results: Doncaster 4-1 Southend, MK Dons 1-4 Bradford, Northampton 0-6 Bristol Rovers, Oxford Utd 3-0 AFC Wimbledon, Plymouth 1-2 Fleetwood Town, Rochdale 0-1 Rotherham, Scunthorpe 1-2 Wigan, Walsall 1-1 Shrewsbury.

Full League One table

League Two

• On the day rugby union neighbours Chiefs went top of the Premiership, Exeter City made the long trip to Carlisle well worth it by picking up a 1-0 win that saw them take over at the summit of League Two. Pierce Sweeney got on the end of Troy Brown’s flick on to head in from close range just after half-time for the only goal of the game.

• Paul Tisdale’s side would have had a bigger lead at the top of the table had Robert Milsom not scored a 96th-minute equaliser for Notts County to deny Forest Green Rovers an unlikely 1-0 win. Omar Bugiel had put Mark Cooper’s team in front after half an hour.

Luton leapfrogged over Accrington into third with a 2-0 win at the Wham Stadium. James Collins opened the scoring from inches out after Olly Lee had flicked on Dan Potts’ cross. Danny Hylton got the second from the spot after Janoi Donacien felled Alan Sheehan.

1 Exeter 12 9 28
2 Notts County 12 10 26
3 Luton 12 13 24
4 Wycombe 12 7 24
5 Coventry 12 8 23

Results: Accrington Stanley 0-2 Luton, Barnet 0-0 Coventry, Cambridge Utd 1-3 Wycombe, Carlisle 0-1 Exeter, Cheltenham 2-1 Swindon, Colchester 2-0 Mansfield, Crewe 1-0 Stevenage, Lincoln City 2-1 Chesterfield, Morecambe 0-1 Crawley Town, Newport County 2-0 Yeovil, Notts County 1-1 Forest Green, Port Vale 1-2 Grimsby.

Full League Two table

Best of Non-League Day

• Jim Kellerman was the hero for Aldershot as they secured a point at Maidenhead in the National League. Kellerman got his second goal of the game in the 90th minute to earn a point after Harry Pritchard thought he had got the winner for United minutes earlier from the penalty spot. Richard Money’s first game in charge of Solihull Moors was ruined by Jonathan Franks who gave Hartlepool all three points in the final minute. Darren Carter had levelled from the spot for Solihull some 180 seconds before.

• In the Southern Premier League, more than 2,500 Hereford fans watched their side beat Dorchester. Bulls captain Jimmy Oates had given the visitors the lead when he headed past his own keeper. But Lance Smith, John Mills (two) and Keyon Reffell all scored in the second half to send the home crowd happy.

• At the wonderfully named Old Spotted Dog Ground in the east London, the very local Essex Senior Football League derby between Hackney Wick and Clapton ended 2-1. Clapton’s Jeffrey Cobblah and Hassan Nalbani got the goals for the day’s nominal visitors to the clubs’ shared stadium. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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