Hayes at the double

  • Last Updated: January 11 2014, 19:52 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in Sky Bet League 2 as Paul Hayes struck twice for Scunthorpe.

Scunthorpe's Paul Hayes is congratulated after scoring
Scunthorpe's Paul Hayes is congratulated after scoring

Paul Hayes' double on his third debut for Scunthorpe maintained their place at the top of the Sky Bet league Two table as Mansfield fell by the wayside.

Hayes struck after nine minutes and then 16 minutes from time to keep them two points clear of second-placed Burton.

The Brewers, however, remain hot on their heels after a 2-1 home win over Cheltenham, although they left it late.

Byron Harrison's opener took the Robins to within 18 minutes of victory at the Pirelli Stadium, but a late double from Dominic Knowles turned the game on its head.

Chesterfield remain in the top three after a 4-0 thumping of Bury, who had Danny Mayor sent off before the break, while second-half goals from substitute George Donnelly, Peter Cavanagh and Graham Cummins handed Rochdale a 3-0 win at Hartlepool.

Struggling Accrington Stanley were denied a priceless victory at the death after playing out a six-goal thriller with Newport.

Robbie Willmott had given the visitors an 11th-minute lead, but goals from Peter Murphy and Kal Naismith's put Stanley in front at the break.

Ryan Burge restored parity with 19 minutes remaining, but Murphy looked to have won it for the home side until Lee Minshull's injury time leveller.

Bottom-of-the-table Northampton's woes continued as they went down 2-0 at home to York with Ryan Bowman and Wes Fletcher scoring within two minutes of each other after the break.

But both Bristol Rovers and Torquay gave themselves hope of escaping the drop with the former beating Exeter 2-1 at the Memorial Stadium, while Krystian Pearce and Jayden Stockley fired the Gulls to a 2-0 win at AFC Wimbledon.

  • League Two
Position Player Score
1 Scunthorpe 47
2 Burton Alb 45
3 Chesterfld 44
4 Rochdale 43
5 Southend 42
6 Fleetwood 41
7 Oxford Utd 39
8 Newport 38
9 Morecambe 37
10 Dag + Red 34
11 Plymouth 34
12 Cheltenham 33

Portsmouth returned from Oxford with a positive result after fighting out a 0-0 draw, and Wycombe would have headed south from Morecambe with three points to show for their efforts had

Kevin Ellison not cancelled out Paris Cowan-Hall's first-half header.

It finished all square at Home Park too with Dominic Blizzard goal extending Plymouth's unbeaten run to six games despite Kevan Hurst's equaliser, while David Ball scored the only goal of the game to hand Fleetwood victory at Dagenham and Redbridge.

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