In a week where fans have returned to some grounds in limited numbers under Covid restrictions, we once again have a full programme of fixtures to look at and see what it means in the grand scheme of things as teams prepare for the busy and crucial Christmas schedule of fixtures.
BLACKPOOL 0 OXFORD 0
Oxford moved out of the bottom four after a dull game against the Seasiders and the only thing of note is Robinsons team are now undefeated in seven games.
BRISTOL ROVERS 3 PLYMOUTH 0
Despite having only 36% possession the Tisdale led team continues to improve with their second win on the bounce comfortably brushing aside a Plymouth team in freefall, making it five straight defeats on the trot for the Pilgrims. In a game of 41 shots at goal it was Rovers that had all the success with first half goals from Alfie Kilgour and Luke McCormick, Zain Westbrooke making it safe with five minutes left on the clock.
CHARLTON 5 AFCW 2
It’s always nice to report on an AFC defeat, even nicer when 3 former Dons players have a hand in it, so well done to Johnny Williams, Jake Forster-Caskey and Chuks Aneke. Conor Washington had got Charlton off to a good start but two quick goals before the break by Joe Pigott and Daniel Csoka gave AFC the edge, but it was all Charlton after the break as they fired in four unanswered goals, Ben Purington rubbing salt into the wounds in injury time.
CREWE 2 NORTHAMPTON 1
2,000 fans went home happy from Gresty Road, but it took an extremely late goal to clinch the points. Ricky Holmes scored a goal after just 3 minutes for the Cobblers with Owen Dale restoring parity just after the break, and with the clock almost expired Ryan Wintle stole in to give the Railwaymen the points. The Cobblers day was further ruined with them having to play the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Joe Martin received his second yellow card.
DONCASTER 2 GILLINGHAM 1
Doncaster moved into 7th place with a tight affair against the Gills. Reece James scored on the half hour to give Donny the lead, but it was all square just a few minutes into the second half with Kyle Dempsey scoring, but that relief was short lived as Brad Halliday scored less than two minutes later to claim all three points for Doncasterlona.
HULL 0 SHREWSBURY 1
The result of the day and certainly the biggest shock was a surprise win for the Shrews who hadn’t won in 10 games. Charlie Daniels (Pictured Above) scored a superbly finished goal and by all reports were good value for the win against the league leading Tigers.
IPSWICH 0 PORTSMOUTH 2
Portsmouth moved up to third place with a reasonably comfortable 2-0 win against misfiring Ipswich, two goals from Ryan Williams in the first half doing the damage.
LINCOLN 0 SUNDERLAND 4
Sunderland gave Lincoln a lesson in how to finish off opportunities with 14 shots and an impressive 9 on target. Grant Leadbitter converted a spot kick after Jack Diamond had been tripped in the box, a brace from Charlie Wyke added to the misery, Chris Maguire putting the final nail in the Imps coffin. The Black Cats move up to 8th and the Imps remain in second pace despite the heavy defeat.
PETERBOROUGH 4 ROCHDALE 1
Worryingly for us Posh found their stride against Dale running out comfortable winners. The only consolation for us is Posh rarely put in the same two performances in a row, well let’s hope so as they are next up at SMK on Tuesday. Jonson Clarke-Harris completed a hattrick in just 17 minutes, and the only consolation for Rochdale was they equalised after the first of the JCH goals through Stephen Humphreys, Nathan Thompson completed the scoring in a game that produced no goals in the second half after 5 had hit the net in a 35-minute first half spell.
SWINDON 0 FLEETWOOD 1
Swindon remain in the bottom four with their third straight defeat, Paddy Madden scoring the only goal of the game after half an hour giving the Cod Army their first win in four games.
WIGAN 4 ACCRINGTON 3
Wigan recorded their second win on the bounce in a 7-goal thriller against Accy Stan and those that believe in the curse of the Manager of the Month will not be surprised with the Stanley boss only awarded that accolade on Friday. The win dragged Wigan off the foot of the table relegating Burton Albion into the wooden spoon spot