League leaders Fleetwood Town entertained fellow newly-promoted side Chesterfield at the Highbury Stadium this afternoon and both sides played out an entertaining 0-0 draw. The Spireites dominated for long periods but had no cutting edge to show for their play. They could have snatched all three points in the dying seconds when Armand Gnanduillet saw his effort come back into play off the post following a goalmouth scramble. Graham Alexander’s men remain unbeaten in their first ever season in England’s second tier.
Peterborough continued their excellent start to the season following a rare away win away at previously unbeaten Bradford City. Kyle Vassell was the hero for Posh when he fired home brilliantly twelve minutes after half-time.
A nervy-looking Preston North End moved up to third in the table with a narrow 1-0 victory at home to local rivals Oldham Athletic. The Lilywhites started the game well and saw Jack King fire home what proved the winning goal after just four minutes. Oldham came back into the game well and went on to dominate for long periods. Former Wolves player George Elokobi and former Scunthorpe striker Jonathan Forte both went close for Athletic but Preston held on for another welcome three points.
Another team to remain unbeaten is Bristol City who ground out a tough 1-1 draw against Rochdale at Spotland. Luke Freeman gave City the lead early on when Luke Freeman fired home a sweet left-footed shot from outside the area following great work from Mark Little down the flank. Dale were much improved after the break and deservedly equalised when Ian Henderson fired home well in the 56th minute. The home side nearly snatched all three points in the closing moments when Henderson again came close but this time saw his effort cleared off the line.
Barnsley eased themselves into the play-off positions following an impressive 4-1 hammering of Gillingham at Oakwell. Connor Hourihane and new signing Sam Winnall both hit first-half goals to send the Tykes in 2-0 up at the break. Devante Cole put the game beyond the Gills with twenty minutes remaining meaning Danny Kedwell’s 73rd minute goal was a mere consolation. Dale Jennings capped a fine win for Barnsley late on when he fired home well from the edge of the area.
Swindon Town made maintained their 100% home record with a convincing and comfortable 2-0 win over bottom club Crewe Alexandra in Wiltshire. Iraq international Yasir Kasim opened the scoring for the Robins ten minutes before half-time with a fabulous left-footed free kick. The home side continued to dominate after the interval and wrapped up the points in the 75th minute when Andy Williams drilled home from close range. Crewe now sit rooted to the bottom of League One and are now the only side without a point to their name.
MK Dons and Coventry both played out a 0-0 stalemate at Stadium MK, but the Sky Blues of Coventry will tonight be thankful to on-loan Bournemouth goalkeeper Ryan Alsopp who made several top drawer saves to keep the Dons at Bay.
Donny moved ominously into ninth place following an impressive 1-0 away at Colchester who sit worryingly in the bottom four without a win so far this season. Rovers winger Kyle Bennett was the ultimate difference between the side when a fine solo effort found its way into the net to snatch all three points. Dean Thurman and Theo Robinson also went close for Donny late on, but the win was never in much doubt as Colchester rarely threatened throughout.
Arguably the performance of the day came at Vale Park where previously unbeaten Port Vale came unstuck against Shaun Derry’s Notts County. Much travelled midfielder Gary Jones opened the scoring for The Magpies when he hammered home a peach of a volley from all of thirty yards just ten minutes in. Vale had much of the possession throughout but found a dogged and determined County side a tough nut to crack. With the home side pressing for an equaliser, County managed to double their advantage when Liam Noble’s long-range deflected free-kick found its way into the bottom corner of the net.
Sheffield United’s indifferent start to the season continued – this time, however, managing to take all three points from a closely fought game with Crawley Town at Bramhall Lane. Bobson Bawling and Gwion Edwards both went close for Crawley early on as the home side struggled to make an impression on the game. Things did improve for Nigel Clough’s charges in the second period and the brilliant Jose Baxter ended up the hero of the day when his spectacular effort from distance arrowed into the top corner following good work from Craig Alcock.
Leyton Orient continue to repeat their excellent form from last season – this time limping along to a 0-0 draw at home to strugglers Walsall. The Saddlers should have taken all three points from an otherwise dull game, when Anthony Forde failed to convert a simple chance following a mistake by O’s keeper Adam Legzdins.
Finally, two of last season’s relegated and promoted sides in Yeovil and Scunthorpe battled out a 1-1 draw at Huish Park. Kieffer Moore’s effort midway through the second half looked to be setting the Glovers on their way to their second win of the season and consigning Russ Wilcox’s side to their fourth straight defeat, but former Yeovil striker Paddy Madden grabbed a late equaliser and a first point of the season for Scunny following good work from Gary McSheffrey. The Iron remain second-bottom of League One with Yeovil sitting just outside of the bottom four.