Spireites shoot down Gulls

  • Last Updated: February 15 2014, 18:26 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in Sky Bet League 2 as leaders Chesterfield came from behind to beat Torquay.

Chesterfield's Jay O'Shea celebrates after scoring
Chesterfield's Jay O'Shea celebrates after scoring

Sky Bet League Two leaders Chesterfield came from behind to beat Torquay and regain a three-point lead at the top of the table.

Scunthorpe had closed the gap with a 3-2 win over Accrington on Friday night but Chesterfield recovered from Sam Goodwin's opening goal for the Gulls and won 3-1.

Eoin Doyle levelled after a miskick from Torquay goalkeeper Michael Poke and Jay O'Shea made sure of the points by scoring a brace in the final 10 minutes.

Third-placed Oxford remain hot on the heels of the leaders after a 3-0 home win over Mansfield.

Experienced forward David Connolly opened the scoring midway through the first half with Nicky Wroe adding the second and Dean Smalley tapping home a third soon after.

Rochdale and Fleetwood both picked up victories to keep things tight at the top.

Morecambe took the lead at Rochdale through Jack Redshaw before Scott Hogan and Ian Henderson completed a 2-1 comeback win to keep Dale just a point behind Oxford and an automatic promotion place.

Fleetwood are just a point further back after a 2-0 win over bottom club Northampton, with Gareth Evans scoring a goal in either half for Graham Alexander's side.

Position Player Score
1 Chesterfld 58
2 Scunthorpe 55
3 Oxford Utd 54
4 Rochdale 53
5 Fleetwood 52
6 Burton Alb 51
7 Southend 47
8 Hartlepool 41
9 Dag + Red 40
10 Newport 39
11 York City 39
12 Plymouth 39
13 Exeter 38
14 AFC W'don 38
15 Morecambe 38
16 Cheltenham 36
17 Portsmouth 36
18 Mansfield 35
19 Bristol R 34
20 Accrington 33
21 Bury 32
22 Wycombe 31
23 Torquay 29
24 Northamptn 26

Burton slipped to sixth after being held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Dagenham at the Pirelli Stadium.

Play-off hopefuls Dagenham took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Lawson D'Ath but were a man light when Jack Connors picked up his second booking 10 minutes after the interval.

Billy Kee levelled for the hosts with a little over 20 minutes remaining but Burton were unable to fashion a winner and had to settle for a point.

Exeter struck twice in the last eight minutes to come from behind and beat Southend 3-2 at Roots Hall.

Jimmy Keohane scored early on to put Exeter ahead but two headers from Mark Phillips put the hosts in front at half time.

Liam Sercombe then levelled on 82 minutes before substitute Eliot Richards struck three minutes from time to take the three points and extend Phil Brown's side's winless run to five games.

Hartlepool are the closest challengers to Southend's play-off position after narrowing the gap to six points with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newport.

Luke James put Hartlepool ahead before Andy Sandell's own goal doubled their lead and Luke Williams added a third in injury time.

York enjoyed an easy afternoon against 10-man Plymouth as Nigel Worthington's side ran out 4-0 winners at Home Park.

The hosts faced an uphill battle when Neal Trotman was sent off in the 11th minute, with Wes Fletcher converting the resulting penalty.

York then made full use of their one-man advantage with John McCombe's header doubling their lead on half-time and adding a third late on before Josh Carson scored a fourth in the last minute.

Elsewhere, Ryan Taylor's 52nd-minute header was enough to earn Portsmouth a 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park.


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