Hill guides Dale up again

  • Last Updated: April 26 2014, 19:38 BST

A review of Saturday's action in Sky Bet League 2 as Rochdale secured promotion after they beat Cheltenham 2-0.

Rochdale players and staff celebrate after securing promotion
Rochdale players and staff celebrate after securing promotion

Rochdale secured promotion to Sky Bet League One after they beat Cheltenham 2-0.

Early goals from Peter Vincenti (11) and Ian Henderson (16) proved enough for victory and Keith Hill's side could claim the championship with another win at Newport County on the final day of the season.

Hill will at the very least be able to celebrate his second promotion with Dale, either side of a spell in charge of Barnsley, who he will face in the third tier next term following their relegation from the Championship on Saturday.

Scunthorpe were also promoted despite a 2-0 defeat at Exeter, which ended a 28-match unbeaten run for manager Russ Wilcox.

Position Player Score
1 Rochdale 81
2 Scunthorpe 80
3 Chesterfld 78
4 Fleetwood 76
5 Burton Alb 72
6 York City 70
7 Southend 69
8 Oxford Utd 62
9 Plymouth 59
10 Bury 58
11 Portsmouth 58
12 Dag + Red 57
13 Mansfield 57
14 AFC W'don 56
15 Newport 55
16 Cheltenham 55
17 Accrington 54
18 Hartlepool 53
19 Morecambe 53
20 Exeter 52
21 Bristol R 50
22 Northamptn 50
23 Wycombe 47
24 Torquay 45

Craig Woodman (45) and Jimmy Keohane (49) gave Nigel Worthington's play-off chaser victory, but a draw for fourth-placed Fleetwood with Southend saw the Irons go up.

Fleetwood look set for the play-offs after the Shrimpers secured a point which also sees them in the promotion shake-up.

Steven Schumacher (37) put Fleetwood ahead, but Barry Corr (40) equalised for the Essex side.

Chesterfield are third, two points ahead and have two matches left, plus a vastly superior goal difference.

Torquay were relegated to the Conference despite a 3-1 win at 10-man Mansfield.

However, with Bristol Rovers and Northampton both also collecting three points, it was not enough.

Morecambe won 3-0 at AFC Wimbledon to make sure they stayed up with two quick goals from Jack Redshaw and Jamie Devitt just before half-time, plus a late penalty by Padraig Amond.

Wycombe, though, are in the relegation zone after going down 2-1 at home to Bristol Rovers.

Northampton renewed hope of beating the drop with a 3-0 win at Dagenham & Redbridge with a brace from 18-year-old Ivan Toney.

Accrington are safe after they won 2-1 at out-of-form Oxford, while Plymouth drew 1-1 at home to Hartlepool.

Wes Fogden scored a stoppage-time equaliser to earn Portsmouth an action-packed 4-4 draw at Bury, where Hallam Hope had plundered a hat-trick for the hosts.


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