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League One Round Up

Peterborough climbed to the summit of League One following a convincing 3-1 away win at struggling Colchester. Two goals in four first-half minutes from Conor Washington and Kgosi Ntlhe set Posh on their way to their third straight away win. Former Iron loanee Freddie Sears pulled one back for Colchester in the 64th minute but Jermaine Anderson’s close-range finish with fifteen minutes remaining sealed the points to send his team top.

A late equaliser from Steven Dobbie preserved Fleetwood’s unbeaten start to the season as they played out a 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient. Fleetwood started the game brightly, but had nothing to show for their efforts as Orient began to gain a foothold in the game. Darius Henderson headed the O’s into the lead ten minutes before half-time and took that incentive into the second period as Fleetwood struggled. However, a rousing finish from the home side yielded its reward when Dobbie popped up and finished neatly to earn his side a valuable point.

MK Dons’ wonderful week ended on a high note as they made hard work of beating an excellent Crawley Town side at Stadium MK. With Crawley making most of the running throughout, the Dons looked to be suffering a post-Manchester United headache. But they still managed to find what was needed to grab the three points. Daniel Powell fired the home side ahead against the run of play. Crawley had a great chance to draw level when Izale Mcleod was brought down in the box which earned perpetrator Kyle Mcfadzean a straight red card, but Mcleod then saw his spot kick well saved by David Martin. Crawley continued to press, but fell for the sucker punch when Benik Afobe sealed the points in stoppage time.

Bradford’s excellent start to the season continued as they picked up a 2-0 away win at Rochdale. In an evenly-contested game, the Bantams took the lead when former Dale player Jason Kennedy volleyed home on 60 minutes. Just five minutes later, James Hanson headed home well from an Alan Sheehan corner to send Bradford fourth.

Chesterfield are another of last season’s promoted clubs to make great strides in League One as they won impressively 2-1 at Port Vale. Eoin Doyle put the Spireites ahead just nine minutes in before the home side equalised against the run of the play just three minutes before the interval. Last season’s ‘League Two Player of the Year’ Gareth Roberts restored parity with a fabulous finish shortly after half-time which ended up deciding the points for Paul Cook’s men. Vale’s misery was compounded late on when defender Ian Evatt received his marching orders for two yellow cards.

Preston North End kept their unbeaten start to the season in tact following a pulsating 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at Deepdale. Andy Little’s intended cross just eleven minutes in eluded everyone including Blades keeper Mark Howard to give North End the lead. Both sides created chances and both keepers had to be on top form to keep the opposition at bay as the 11,000+ crowd were thoroughly entertained. With the home side looking to be taking their 1-0 lead into half-time, Jose Baxter was again the man for United when his deflected effort found the net to draw his side level. This ended the scoring in the game, but the second half was again fiercely contested with a point apiece a fair outcome.

It was a ‘tale of two halves’ down at Huish Park with Yeovil and Barnsley sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw. The Tykes dominated the opening period and had a goal to show for their efforts when Conor Hourihane’s long-range effort took a deflection ending up in the net. Yeovil improved vastly in the second half and their pressure finally told when Barnsley defender Martin Cranie put through his own net to draw the Glovers level and ensure the spoils were shared.

Doncaster’s home woes continued – this time losing 2-0 at home to lowly Oldham. The Latics took the lead after just four minutes when Jonson Clarke-Harris’ excellent free-kick flew into the net from just outside the area. Donny rallied and tried to get back into the game but were restricted mainly to long range efforts all of which never seriously troubled Oldham keeper Paul Rachubka. Jonathan Forte’s excellent scoring form continued when he slotted home a penalty following a foul on Danny Philliskirk which put the game beyond Rovers who have now failed to taste victory on home soil since March.

A rousing first-half performance from Peter Taylor’s Gillingham was enough to compound Crewe to their fifth straight defeat of the season. Bradley Dack bent home a fabulous opener for the Gills on twenty minutes and the home side’s dominant opening period was rewarded on the stroke of half-time when Cody McDonald’s effort end up in the net after taking a huge ricochet off Crewe keeper Ben Garratt. The Alex responded in the second-half as they sought a way back into the game, but only had a Jermaine McGlashan effort that cannoned back into play off the post in injury time to show for their efforts. Crewe remain rooted to the foot of the table without a point to their name.

Finally, Scunthorpe United scored their first home goals of the season to seal a valuable three point against fellow strugglers Walsall. In a dour game with little chances, it was the Iron who took the lead shortly after half-time when Hakeeb Adelakun scored a brilliant solo goal which took him past several players from his own half before seeing his shot sneak over the line. Gary McSheffrey then went one better when his tremendous free-kick from all of 35-yards flew into the top corner of Walsall keeper Richard O’Donnell’s net. The Iron looked to be coasting to victory until defender Niall Canavan got his bearings totally wrong allowing Tom Bradshaw to nip in and pull a goal back for the Saddlers but the home side clung on for their first three points of the season

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