League One Round-Up: Stevenage stay on course


In League One this weekend, it was manager-less Stevenage who again found themselves in the headlines with a comprehensive 5-1 victory away at Rochdale.

With Graham Westley's departure to Preston this week, Boro fans may have been more reserved about their play-off chances, but the players had other ideas. A brace of braces, from Luke Freeman and Lawrie Wilson, and a Joel Byrom effort means Stevenage remain in the play-off positions in 6th place.

Team captain Mark Roberts, who was in caretaker player-manager charge, led by example as the club from Hertfordshire continue their unlikely rise through England's Football League divisions.

He said: "We came here with a game plan and we executed it superbly. We scored some fantastic goals today and it was a great all-round performance."

Westley watched from the stands as his new club Preston started his era with an exciting 3-2 victory over Wycombe. Caretaker team of Graham Alexander and David Unsworth signed off with a win after goals from Harry Bunn, Jake Jervis and Paul Parry. Bunn was making his Lilywhites debut, following his loan move from Manchester City.

Elsewhere, leaders Charlton Athletic secured victory in the big game at Hillsborough. Chris Powell's men brought the points back to London courtesy of a first-half Johnnie Jackson strike. Defeat leaves Sheffield Wednesday still in the play-off hunt, but a point behind Lee Clark's Huddersfield.

The Terriers' capitalised on Wednesday's slip with a late victory against Oldham at the Galpharm. In a game where prolific striker Jordan Rhodes failed to register on the score sheet, it was up to Alan Lee to secure victory with just four minutes to go.

Sheffield United remain on course to secure a swift return to the Championship with a comfortable 3-0 victory away at Bury. Danny Wilson's Blades' maintained their three point advantage over Huddersfield via goals from Richard Cresswell, Ched Evans and Lee Williamson.

Chesterfield still prop up the table but registered an away 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient, with recent signing Jimmy Juan's strike preventing the Spireites from leaving empty handed.

Yeovil gained a vital 2-1 win in their bid to avoid the drop, as a 95th minute Andy Williams strike meant Tranmere returned to Merseyside with nothing.

There was another late goal on the South Coast as Bournemouth's Wes Fogden hit an 83rd minute winner - the Cherries defeating Notts County by the same scoreline.

Scunthorpe United lined-up without the departing Shane Duffy and Chris Dagnall in a 1-1 draw at Colchester. Watford loanee Josh Walker scored the Irons' goal on his debut.

And finally, blanks were drawn between both Brentford and Walsall and Exeter and Hartlepool.

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