Doncaster turned on the style to end Hartlepool's seven-match unbeaten run with a commanding 3-0 victory to stay top of the table. Rovers went ahead in the 35th minute with a super solo goal from Iain Hume to beat a couple of players on a jinking run before firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Rovers asserted their superiority when James Coppinger made it 2-0 in the 55th minute with a deflected shot that trickled over the line following good work by James Husband. The League One leaders rounded off a convincing display when Billy Paynter headed home in fine style following another splendid open cross from Husband nine minutes from time.
Sheffield United boosted their automatic promotion bid with a hard-earned 2-0 victory at Oldham. Michael Doyle and Dave Kitson were on target for the Blades, who have now kept five consecutive clean sheets.
Swindon scored twice in the last five minutes in Kevin MacDonald's first game in charge to come from behind and secure a 2-1 win at Coventry. Franck Moussa opened the scoring for Coventry after just 64 seconds, firing low into the bottom corner after Swindon had left themselves short from an attacking corner. But with five minutes left substitute Adam Rooney struck the post after following up his own shot from 10 yards and Andy Williams was somehow able to bundle the ball over the line in the ensuing scramble. Not content with a point, Darren Ward then headed home from a 90th-minute corner to snatch the victory.
Brentford kept up the pressure on the top two with a hard-fought 1-0 home win over in-form Scunthorpe thanks to Tom Adeyemi's strike. The Bees' substitute coolly side-footed home from 10 yards with his first touch of the game after coming on as a replacement with 20 minutes left. The scoreline would have been far more emphatic but for a trio of smart saves from Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe, who denied Bees striker Marcello Trotta.
Soaring Yeovil bounced back from midweek disappointment to earn a 1-0 win over play-off rivals Tranmere. A second half free-kick from Ed Upson ensured the Glovers returned to winning ways after Tuesday's defeat at Colchester and condemned the visitors to their sixth defeat in nine league games.
Charlie MacDonald scored twice as Leyton Orient claimed a 3-1 win over Bournemouth. The O's opened the scoring on 26 minutes after David Mooney found an unmarked MacDonald who slotted home from six yards. Then MacDonald collected a Mathieu Baudry pass and showed fine composure before slipping the ball past Shwan Jalal. Substitute Brett Pitman brought Bournemouth back into contention after 66 minutes when Eunan O'Kane crossed from the right and the unmarked striker drilled a left-footed volley into the bottom-right corner. However Kevin Lisbie, back as a sub after a spell out injured, received a pass from Moses Odubajo and found the target from 12 yards on 79 minutes to wrap up the points.
Two goals from top scorer Will Grigg boosted Walsall's play-off hopes and stretched their unbeaten run to six games with a 3-1 win over neighbours Shrewsbury, who continue to hover just above the relegation zone. The biggest Banks's Stadium crowd of the season rose to Northern Ireland international Grigg, who notched a hat-trick at Carlisle on Tuesday night. He put the Saddlers in front from the penalty spot in the 30th minute after Febian Brandy had been brought down by a combined tackle from Joe Jacobson and Rob Edwards. And he then burst into the box to hammer home his 16th goal of the season after 54 minutes. Between his brace Grigg got a touch to James Chambers' cross two minutes into the second half, leaving Craig Westcarr to bag his first goal for the club. Shrewsbury, driven forward by skipper Matt Richards, never stopped trying and pulled one back in the 77th minute when Luke Summerfield found Cameron Gayle, whose cross was perfect for Dave McAllister to head in.
Notts County were indebted to a terrific display by goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski after they held out for a hard-fought 1-0 win against luckless Carlisle. County took the lead in the 35th minute when John Cofie played through Alan Judge and the midfielder took the ball down with his chest before planting a perfectly weighted lob over Carlisle keeper Mark Gillespie.
Crawley striker Jamie Proctor scored his first goals for the club to help keep his side's slim play-off hopes alive with a deserved 2-0 victory at Bury. Proctor, signed from Swansea in January, struck for the first time since October 2011 in the 16th minute when he controlled a pass from Mike Jones on his chest before hitting a left-footed half-volley past Bury goalkeeper Trevor Carson from 15 yards. Proctor scored again two minutes into the second half when he planted a firm header from Nicky Adams' cross past a helpless Carson.
Will Hayhurst scored his second goal in as many games to maintain Simon Grayson's unbeaten start as Preston boss and extend MK Dons' winless run to eight matches with a 1-1 draw. Hayhurst, 19, scored from a tight angle in the seventh minute to cancel out Adam Chicksen's early opener for the Dons, who have now drawn four successive games. Chicksen put the Dons ahead after only two minutes when he curled the ball first time into the top corner from Ryan Lowe's cut-back, following a mistake by Bailey Wright. But Hayhurst equalised for Preston just five minutes later, sneaking in at the far post to fire the ball high into the net from Lee Holmes' low cross.
Patrick Agyemang scored his first goal for Portsmouth as the bottom-placed club ended their 23-game wait for a win with a 2-1 victory at Crewe. First-half goals from Agyemang and David Connolly put the visitors in the driving seat. Mathias Pogba pulled one back for Crewe, but Portsmouth held on to complete the double over the home side and a claim a long-awaited three points.
Jabo Ibehre struck a second-half double to inflict a sixth successive defeat on Stevenage and boost Colchester's hopes of avoiding relegation from League One. The 30-year-old attacker struck for the first time in seven games to give Colchester the lead on 62 minutes with a fine header. And Ibehre secured a 2-0 win for the visitors when he tapped in after a fine run from Gavin Massey to lift Colchester out of the relegation zone.
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