Sky Bet League Two round-up: Grimsby pick up crucial victory as promotion-chasing teams fail to capitalise on games in hand
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Mansfield Town 0-0 Forest Green Rovers

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Mansfield Town failed to capitalise on their opportunities as they drew 0-0 at home to promotion-chasing Forest Green Rovers. 

Lewis Thomas made several key saves to keep earn Rovers a point which keeps them in the automatic promotion places.

The home side were inches away from grabbing all three points when Jordan Bowery was denied by Thomas from close range before defender Chris Stokes made a crucial clearance to ensure Mansfield remain in 18th position.

Carlisle United 0-1 Leyton Orient

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A dramatic late winner at Brunton Park extended Leyton Orient's unbeaten run to four games. 

Conor Wilkinson bagged the winner in the 88th minute for Orient after the keeper failed to collect a long ball from Lawrence Vigouroux. Wilkinson showed great finesse to lob the keeper to win his side all three points.

With just one win in 12 games, Carlisle United's play-off hopes are starting to fade as we approach the business end of the season.

Barrow 0-1 Grimsby Town

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Grimsby Town kept their hopes of a great escape alive as they gained a hard-fought victory away at fellow strugglers Barrow.

Luke Spokes grabbed the winner in the 71st minute with a spectacular left-footed strike from the edge of the box that rose beautifully into the top corner.

Despite this crucial victory, Grimsby are still seven points behind 22nd-placed Barrow and the Cumbrian side still have a game in hand on The Mariners.

Colchester United 2-2 Tranmere Rovers

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Colchester United squandered a two-goal lead at home to promotion-hopefuls Tranmere Rovers.

The U's took the lead on the half-hour mark as Harry Pell benefited from a goalmouth scramble to fire the ball into the back of the net.

The goal-scorer then turned into the provider as Pell drilled a low cross across the six-yard box that was tapped in by Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu.

The visitors were handed a lifeline in the 62nd minute when Tommy Smith handled Paul Lewis' headed effort to give Tranmere a penalty that was fired home by Danny Lloyd.

Former-Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing completed the comeback in the 67th minute with a low deflected effort from outside the box.

The draw doesn't really help either side as Colchester edge ever-closer to the relegation zone and Tranmere fail to leapfrog Forest Green.  

Oldham Athletic 2-1 Exeter City

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Keith Curle picked up his first win as Oldham Athletic manager with a 2-1 victory over Exeter City.

Oldham defender Kyle Jameson opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a powerful header following a Nicky Adams corner.

Leeds United loanee Alfie McCalmont made it two in the 55th minute with a sweetly struck volley that hit the underside of the bar and bounced over the line.

Exeter grabbed a consolation goal in the 67th minute as Jack Sparkes converted a Robbie Wilmot cross but it was not enough to prevent The Grecians succumbing to a third successive league defeat.

Scunthorpe United 2-0 Bradford City

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Scunthorpe United ended a bad run of form with a comfortable 2-0 win over Bradford City.

The Iron started the game brightly and in the 5th minute Mo Eisa finished off a fine team move to give the hosts an early lead.

Devarn Green gave Scunthorpe a two-goal cushion in the 59th minute as he met a Ryan Loft flick on to fire the ball into the back of the Bradford net. 

The Bantams are now down in 14th position with their play-off hopes slowly fading away. 

Southend United 0-0 Walsall

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Roots Hall saw a goalless draw as ten-man Southend United held Walsall in a rather lacklustre game.

Sam Hall was shown a straight red card in the 67th minute for a bad challenge on Dereck Osei.

It should be of no surprise that the game had very few chances and poor finishing as Southend have now failed to score in six of their last seven games and Walsall have won just one game in 17.