Friday 18th April

Promotion nerves hit the top three clubs in Sky Bet League 2 as they all failed to win on Good Friday.

Leaders Scunthorpe United were pegged back by an injury-time equaliser from Jack Sampson at Morecambe which denied them the chance to stretch the gap at the top to four points.

The Iron had looked set to make the most of a tough afternoon for their closest rivals when Sam Winnall put them in front after 22 minutes at the Globe Arena - but Sampson had other ideas.

Second-placed Chesterfield failed to capitalise and could count themselves fortunate to emerge with a point in a 1-1 draw with struggling Exeter City.

Matt Grimes put the visitors in front on 18 minutes and things looked bleak for the Spireites when Sam Morsy was red-carded on 75 minutes for a foul on Grimes.

But three minutes later Eoin Doyle salvaged what could prove to be a crucial point for the home side when he tucked away a penalty after being fouled by Danny Butterfield.

Third-placed Rochdale endured an afternoon to forget as they were hammered 3-0 at home by Play-Off hopefuls Southend United.

Barry Corr and Jacob Murphy scored in the first half for the Shrimpers and Michael Timlin also netted one minute after the break to keep his side secure in sixth place.

Fourth-placed Fleetwood Town were the biggest beneficiaries of the top clubs' jitters as their 2-1 win at Cheltenham Town moved them to within three points of the top three.

Veteran Jamie Cureton put Cheltenham in front just past the half-hour but the visitors showed plenty of character to fight back through Antoni Sarcevic's 55th-minute penalty and a winner from Josh Morris 10 minutes later.

York City swapped places with Oxford United in the Play-Off zone after a superb 1-0 win at the Kassam Stadium, Michael Coulson scoring the only goal of the game with a 48th-minute penalty after Joshua Ruffels' handball.

At the bottom, Torquay United look all but doomed after Medy Elito's 67th-minute penalty gave Dagenham & Redbridge a 1-0 win at Plainmoor and left the hosts eight points off safety.

Meanwhile, just above them Wycombe Wanderers and Northampton Town remain locked together on 47 points after neither side could take full advantage of a nervy 1-1 draw at Adams Park.

Home keeper Matt Ingram served up a horrendous blunder to put through his own goal in the 12th minute but his blushes were spared by Aaron Pierre's equaliser six minutes later.

Daniel Nardiello scored twice as Bury cruised to a 4-0 win over Plymouth Argyle with further goals coming from Andrew Tutte and Danny Rose, while Kai Naismith's penalty deep into injury time salvaged a 1-1 draw for Accrington Stanley at home to Mansfield Town, who had led through substitute Jake Speight.

AFC Wimbledon came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Newport County. Chris Zebroski and Michael Flynn got the visitors off to a flyer but Kwesi Appiah and George Francomb grabbed the Londoners a point.

Saturday 19th April

Portsmouth all but secured their Football League survival after a swashbuckling 3-2 victory over Bristol Rovers at Fratton Park.

The Blues were roared on by a raucous 17,998-strong crowd and the Fratton Park noise level shot up a level when Adam Webster swept home beautifully from the edge of the Rovers box in the 11th minute.

But the visitors hit back 11 minutes later when Matt Harrold's close-range effort deflected off Bondz N'Gala and crept past Pompey goalkeeper Trevor Carson and into the bottom corner.

Both sides enjoyed further chances in a pulsating opening period, but the Blues edged ahead again five minutes before the break. Danny Hollands' strike from just outside the Rovers box found its way past keeper Steve Mildenhall with the aid of a deflection from Ryan Taylor.

The home side's advantage lasted only a minute as Harrold headed home Lee Brown's cross from the left from six yards out.

But Portsmouth dominated the second half and claimed a vital, fourth straight win when Wes Fogden touched home Taylor's knock-back from the byline in the 70th minute.

Meanwhile, Hartlepool sank deeper into relegation trouble after going down 3-0 at Burton, their sixth successive defeat.

The result left Colin Cooper's men only two points above the relegation zone as the home team kept alive their hopes of automatic promotion.

Burton had early chances, with Jimmy Phillips sidefooting a shot narrowly wide before Robbie Weir's six-yard header was deflected past a post.

But Pools should have taken the lead in the 21st minute when substitute Marlon Harewood - on for injured top scorer Luke James - was sent clear but could only shoot against the legs of home goalkeeper Dean Lyness.

Instead, it was Burton who went in front six minutes later when Kee struck from six yards after the visitors failed to defend Ian Sharps' long ball into the box.

Phillips doubled the hosts' advantage in the 57th minute when he curled in a shot from the edge of the area.

Pools offered little in reply and their fate was sealed when home skipper Lee Bell thundered in a 22-yard free-kick in the 84th minute.

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