Sky Bet League Two round-up: Cheltenham miss chance to steal back top spot as Bolton's 14 game streak comes to an end
Above: Rebecca Welch becomes the first female referee to work in the men’s game (Source: George Wood, Getty Images)
  • Colchester United 1-1 Barrow

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Neither Colchester United or Barrow capitalised on the possibility of dragging themselves further away from the dreaded relegation zone, as the points were shared in Essex.

Former Reading talisman Callum Harriott made his return from international duty for the U's, and netted in the 33rd minute to give the home side the lead.

However, the Bluebirds stole a late point thanks to Tom Beadling, as the substitute struck a fine strike from the edge of the box to notch a crucial point, keeping Barrow seven points adrift of the relegation embers.

  •  Crawley Town 1-4 Oldham Athletic

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A fantastic performance from Oldham Athletic helped to ensure Keith Curle's second triumph as Latics manager over a lacklustre Crawley Town side.

Oldham were rampant, scoring two in the space of two minutes to assert their dominance over the Red Devils. Conor McAleny opened the scoring in the 40th minute with a thumping finish, as he latched onto a Davis Keillor-Dunn through ball before opening the scoring. The second of the game came fewer than 60 seconds later, as right-back Dylan Fage spotted left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson in space, and the former Manchester United prodigy rifled his chance home.

The away side got their third courtesy of McAleny again, as he pounced on a mix-up at the back and prodded the ball past Glenn Morris.

Finally, Crawley did get one back, as former Brighton youngster James Tilley fired home from close range.

Curle's Latics weren't done however, as some poor Crawley defending was punished by Dylan Bahamboula from six-yards out.

  • Exeter City 0-0 Mansfield Town

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Exeter City lost ground to Newport County, as they were held to a goalless draw with strugglers Mansfield Town.

The Grecians are now three points adrift of Newport, and now have just one win in their last six as their play-off hopes start to take a blip. With just one shot on target all game, Matt Taylor was disappointed with his sides performance.

Mansfield on the other hand are also in poor form, with no win in their previous seven and sitting in 19th place, it's been another season to forget for the Stags.

  • Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Salford City

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A brace from veteran forward Ian Henderson prompted Gary Bowyer his first win as Salford City manager.

The Ammies took the lead with the League Two goal of the day, as Henderson took aim from 25 yards and rifled the ball past Luke McGee.

Henderson doubled his tally in the 78th minute, as he pounced onto a teasing cross from George Boyd to volley into the far corner from close range.

Forest Green Rovers are now winless with just one goal in their last five, and are seeing their automatic promotion chances fade.

  • Grimsby Town 1-1 Cheltenham Town

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Cheltenham Town were stunned by a Grimsby Town side who contained the Robins, despite their bleak league position.

The Mariners took an early lead thanks to Lenell John-Lewis, as Stefan Payne battled for the ball before squaring it to his strike partner.

However, Cheltenham did nab an equaliser before the second half, as a long trademark Ben Tozer throw was nodded in by Will Boyle.

The point doesn’t really help either side, as Grimsby sit hopelessly at the bottom of the table and Cheltenham miss out on the chance to steal back the top spot.

  • Harrogate Town 0-2 Port Vale

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This League Two match made history for a different reason- as the EFL welcomed its first female referee, Rebecca Welch, to the men’s game.

In terms of the result, goals from David Worrall and a last minute strike from Kurtis Guthrie helped gift Port Vale the three points over Harrogate Town.

This proved to be a game where neither team really benefitted, as both are now seemingly out of the play-off and relegation picture and begin preparing for League Two football next season.

  • Leyton Orient 0-0 Walsall

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With just one shot on target mustered between both sides, Leyton Orient and Walsall played out an underwhelming goalless draw.

The stalemate saw two very strong defences come up against one another, as the average rating amongst both side’s defence was 7.2.

A draw means that Walsall caretaker manager Brian Dutton has to wait for his first victory in charge, despite taking over in mid-February.

  • Newport County 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

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In what could be argued as the result of the weekend, Newport County were responsible for putting an end to Bolton Wanderers' impressive 14-game unbeaten run.

It was Nicky Maynard who capitalised on a mix-up in the Trotters' back line, as he pounced on Ricardo Santos’ near own goal to grant the Exiles the lead.

This result forces Bolton out of the automatic promotion zone, whilst bolstering Newport’s hopes for a sturdy play-off run, which as things stand would see them come up against Bolton.

  • Stevenage 1-1 Bradford City

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One team whose unbeaten record has perhaps gone under the radar is that of Stevenage, who are now unbeaten in their previous 12 outings.

The Boro took a deserved lead against Bradford City, as Luke Norris bundled Chris Lines’ corner past Richard O’Donnell.

Bradford refused to be beaten however, as veteran striker Clayton Donaldson nodded in from close range.

Both sides keep their hopes of the play-offs alive, but are wary that they need a good run to break into the top seven.

  • Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Cambridge United

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A huge result at the top end of the table, as two sides battling it out for the title shared the points at Prenton Park.

Tranmere Rovers took the lead courtesy of Paul Lewis, against his former club, as the midfielder smashed the ball home from just inside the box. 

Their opponents, Cambridge United, found their equaliser from, you guessed it, the league’s top scorer Paul Mullin, also against his former club. The prolific frontman controversially won a penalty, had his first strike save before bundling the ball over the line to the anguish of the Tranmere squad.

Whilst Cambridge miss out on the chance to extend their lead at the roster of the League Two table, Tranmere will celebrate breaking back into the automatics, as the club look to bounce immediately back from last season’s relegation.

  • Carlisle United 2-0 Scunthorpe United

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Moving onto Tuesday's array of fixtures, Carlisle United achieved their third consecutive win and climbed the table to ninth.

The Cumbrians continue to keep their hopes of the play-offs alive, as a brace from Jon Mellish in the space of two minutes thwarted Scunthorpe United's unbeaten run of five. 

This result leaves Carlisle three points adrift of the play-offs.

  • Morecambe 1-1 Southend United

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​​​​​​​A huge clash at either side of the table, the spoils were shared as neither Morecambe or Southend United made progress towards their goals.

Morecambe were hoping to break into the automatic spots, but a first half goal from Timothee Dieng foiled Cole Stockton's later equaliser and denied the home side admission to a huge step forward.

Southend on the other hand remain in the relegation zone, and being five points adrift with six games remaining, their survival hopes are quickly fading as the club faces back-to-back relegations.