Story by Ryan Howden
Carlisle 2-4 Bournemouth
The Eddie Howe revolution marched on at Brunton Par as a brace from Marc Pugh helped them to victory over Carlisle. Pugh opened the scoring for Bournemouth after pouncing on some poor defending, but the hosts were soon level through Liam Noble.
Pugh scored his second from a tight angle to put the visitors in front before Lewis Grabban added a third. A fourth was scored by Lee Barnard before David Symington scored a late consolation for the hosts
Stevenage 0-4 Swindon
Swindon were on lethal form as they defeated fellow promotion rivals Stevenage. Raffaele De Lita opened the scoring for the Robins before Matt Ritchie added another. Stevenage keeper Arnold was able to spare more embarrassment, saving Tommy Millers penalty, but moments later Mile Storey headed in to make it 3-0 and Adam Rooney nodded in a fourth to finish the game.
This ranked as Stevenage’s largest league defeat and their first loss at home since January.
Notts County 0-2 Doncaster
Doncaster came away with a good victory against Notts County to put them within four points of league leaders Tranmere.
The game was quiet until the Rovers scored two goals in two minutes, the first from Paul Keegan’s header and the second via a shot in the box from Chris Brown.
County were forced to play the end of the game with 10-men after Jordan Stewart limped off and all substitutes had been used.
Scunthorpe 0-3 MK Dons
MK Dons cruised to victory to secure their first win in six games as they visited struggling Scunthorpe. The first-half goals from Luke Chadwick put the Dons in a strong position before Alan Smith headed in to make it 3-0.
Chadwick was unable to complete his hat-trick when he had his penalty saved by Slocombe.
Tranmere 1-1 Preston
A late goal from Jake Cassidy saw Tranmere earn a point as they hosted Preston. Paul Huntington opened the scoring with a header from Jeffrey Monakana’s deflected cross. The point sees Tranmere still two-points clear at the top of the table but without a win in three games.
The Rest of the Weekends Action
Brentford striker Paul Hayes scored a brace, but two own goals from Dean and Craig gave Hartlepool a share of the points. Will Grigg opened the scoring for Walsall as they visited Bury, but an instant reply from Dominic Poleon meant they shared the points. A tough game between Crawley and Oldham saw both sides finish the game with ten men , with Jean Yves M’Voto and Hope Akpan both sent for an early bath. Oldham opened the scoring midway through the second-half through Jose Baxter before Kyle McFadzean levelled 11-minutes from time with a 25-yard shot.
A first-half goal from Byron Webster gave Yeovil their third win in a row as they defeated Crewe. David McGoldrick scored the only goal of the game as Coventry defeated Leyton Orient. A brace off the bench for Asa Hall saw Shrewsbury fight back to earn a point against Colchester who had led via goals from Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt.