Eastwood boosts Shrimpers hopes
A review of Saturday's action in Sky Bet League 2, including a crucial win for promotion-chasing Southend.
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Freddy Eastwood kept Southend firmly in the hunt for promotion on an otherwise frustrating afternoon for League Two pace-setters.
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Eastwood's 72nd-minute strike was enough to clinch a 1-0 home victory over bottom-of-the table Torquay and ease the Shrimpers into sixth place in the table.
Southend's win proved to be well-timed with none of the sides currently above them in the table able to win on the day.
Leaders Rochdale were held to a goalless draw at fourth-placed Fleetwood, while Scunthorpe could not make home advantage count against Wycombe in another stalemate.
With Chesterfield, who started the day in third, in Johnstone's Paint Trophy action on Sunday, Burton also failed to make the most of their inactivity as they drew 0-0 at York.
Oxford are clinging on to the final play-off spot, although only by virtue of goals scored, after a 1-0 defeat at Dagenham and Redbridge, although they may count themselves unfortunate to have come away empty-handed.
Luke Howell's decisive 89th-minute strike came after his shot hit Oxford midfielder Andrew Whing before looping over keeper Ryan Clarke with the help of a deflection off Howell's knee.
Cheltenham boosted their hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs by denting those of Hartlepool with a 1-0 victory at Victoria Park.
Jermaine McGlashan won it 16 minutes from time to allow the visitors to climb to 11th and within eight points of the top seven.
Mansfield, who won 4-2 at Hartlepool in midweek, followed up their success on the road with a 1-0 home win over AFC Wimbledon.
Captain Adam Murray was the match-winner with a 30-yard free-kick after just seven minutes.
A single goal was enough for Accrington too as Kayode Odejayi bundled the ball home at Exeter to ease Stanley nine points clear of the relegation zone.
Kaid Mohamed's injury-timer header earned new Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke a 1-0 victory over Morecambe in his first game in charge as their survival hopes received a major boost.
Portsmouth too claimed three points to edge themselves further clear of trouble on what proved to be an eventful afternoon at Newport.
Goals from Ryan Taylor and Jed Wallace handed the visitors a 2-0 lead and left Ismail Yakubu's effort to count for little as the home side had both Adam Chapman and Darcy Blake sent off.
There was further misery for struggling Northampton with goals from Hallam Hope, Danny Mayor and Danny Rose securing a 3-0 win for visitors Bury.