L2 Review: Crawley return top and Dagenham slip to the bottom
Welcome to another edition of Andrew Steele-Davis’ Npower Football League Two Review, where there was plenty of action as well as a local derby. Southend were finally defeated and the situation at the bottom of the table looks dire for Dagenham and Redbridge.
We start off at the Kingsmeadow stadium where Accrington Stanley recorded an all important victory over Wimbledon. Padraig Amond, on loan from Portuguese side FC Pacos de Ferreira, continued his recent fine form by hitting a brace.
The 23 year old opened the scoring after just three minutes, tapping in from Bryan Hughes low cross. Stanley produced a second, a carbon copy of the first when Craig Lindfield, unmarked, poked home Dean Winnard’s delivery.
AFC Wimbledon are now without a win in eight games, a far cry from their fine start to the campaign.
Aldershot won their first game in over a month over promotion hopefuls Shrewsbury Town. Luke Guttridge grabbed the only goal of the game, hitting in from close range following Danny Hylton’s pass.
In the ‘Team Performance of the Weekend’, Cheltenham Town produced a stunning performance to defeat Southend United 3-0, the visitor’s first defeat on the road in six games having won the previous five.
Jimmy Spencer opened the scoring on the twenty minute mark, shooting low from ten yards after some good wing play by Russell Penn.
Spencer nearly had a second but Peter Gilbert somehow cleared the effort of the line. If there was an award for goal-line clearances then Gilbert would have it in the bag.
However, Southend were powerless to prevent the hosts from getting of the afternoon, after Penn turned scorer, turning the ball in from close range. And Marlon Pack wrapped up the game with his first and Cheltenham’s third.
The hosts are now on a five consecutive game winning streak in League Two.
Bristol Rover’s and Swindon Town shared in the points in what was a rather tame local derby. Paul Caddis opened the scoring with a superb solo effort before Danny Woodard’s snatched a point for the hosts in the 88th minute.
Crawley Town took advantage of Southend’s slip up by beating Burton to return to the summit of League Two in the ‘Home performance of the weekend’.
Claude Davis let rip from sixteen yards to open the scoring before Aaron Webster scored an embarrassing own goal from Matt Tubb’s cross. And Tubb’s wrapped up a fine afternoon’s work for the hosts with a stunning strike from 30-yards which has to win this week’s ‘Goal of the Weekend Award’.
In a roundup of the other results from around the league, Bradford and Plymouth shared a 1-1 draw, bottom side Dagenham and Redbridge slipped to yet another defeat, this time falling 2-1 to Port Vale, Hereford lost out at home in a five goal thriller to Rotherham United, Macclesfield and Gillingham and Morecambe and Oxford all shared 0-0 draws and Northampton and Crewe drew 1-1 in Aidy Boothroyd’s first game in charge of the Cobbler’s.
So there you have it, another week of scintillating action from the Npower League Two.