Story by Ryan Howden
Bournemouth 3-1 Tranmere
Eddie Howe got off to the perfect return to Bournemouth as they gave Tranmere their first league defeat of the season. Jake Jervis put Tranmere ahead just before the break with an effort from 8-yards, but after the restart Ben Gibson’s own-goal and an 18-yard beauty from Harry Arter saw Bournemouth take the lead.
The game was decided when Simon Francis scored on 72 minutes to give the Cherries a comfortable lead and move them out of the bottom four.
Portsmouth 3-1 Shrewsbury
Portsmouth’s unbeaten run was extended to five games as they recorded a good win at Shrewsbury. Wes Thomas opened the scoring early in the second half after converting a pass from Izale McLeod.
McLeod the scored himself before Marvin Morgan pulled one back fro the visitors but was then sent off moments later for dissent. McLeod scored again late in the game to seal the win.
Walsall 2-2 Crewe
Crewe came from 2-0 down to claim as point as they visited Walsall. The hosts took the lead through Jamie Paterson and Florent Cuvelier doubled the lead with a close range effort. Mark Ellis pulled one back just before the break and Chuks Aneke scored in the dying seconds to claim the point.
Doncaster 2-1 Brentford
Doncaster managed to claim all three points despite a poor performance as Brentford visited the Keepmoat Stadium.
Brentford dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead when Jonathan Douglas chipped Rovers keeper Gary Woods. Doncaster pulled one back when David Cotterill fired in a stunning 25-yard effort, the win was sealed when Billy Paynter headed in Martin Woods’ cross late on.
Coventry 1-2 Notts County
Notts County recorded yet another away win to keep themselves firmly in the promotion race. Andre Boucaud opened the scoring for the visitors with a 30-yard effort. Yoann Arquin doubled the lead late in the game before Richard Wood pulled one back for the hosts.
The Rest of the Weekends Action
Two first half goals from Craig Eastmond and Jabo Ibhre gave Colchester a comfortable win over Carlisle. An early goal from Hope Akpan saw Crawley consign Hartlepool to their eleventh game without a win. A 25-yard effort from Lucas Akins saw Stevenage to victory over rivals MK Dons.
Oldham took their third win in four games as second half goals from in-form Matt Derbyshire and Jose Baxter gave them an easy win over Leyton Orient. Dave Kitson scored the only goal of the game as Sheffield United faced Preston, continuing their unbeaten start to the season. Scunthorpe came from behind to earn a valuable point at Swindon, the Robins took the lead when James Collins netted from short range but midway through the second-half Karl Hawley equalised for the visitors. Bury sunk to another defeat as they travelled to Yeovil, Bryon Webster opened the scoring for the hosts before Dominic Poleon levelled but Sam Foley scored the winner two minutes later.