The Premier League and Championship were not playing today due to Internationals. However there were still league programmes in the lower leagues. Blackpool finally got their first win of the season at Scunthorpe. Paddy Madden missed a decent chance to give the home side the lead but it was Blackpool who took the lead after Henry Cameron set up Brad Potts to score from close range. Scunthorpe dominated the second half and Madden had another chance late on, but Blackpool held out for the three points. Still in the bottom four, but a big confidence boost after a poor start.
Newport County remain rock bottom of the table after being comfortably beaten by York City at Rodney Parade. After a fairly even first half hour, a stray pass from Aaron Hayden was intercepted by James Berrett who went through to give York the lead. Recce Thompson’s glancing header from a Luke Summerfield free kick made it two and Vadaine Oliver completed the scoring just before the hour. Terry Butcher has a tough job on to turn it around.
Mansfield Town had to settle for a point in an even game at Field Mill against Wimbledon. Both goals came in the first half, George Francomb set up Tom Elliott to give Wimbledon the lead. Mansfield these days are full of fight though and Chris Clements scored direct from a free kick to equalise with 10 minutes. Clements put another free kick just wide in injury time. The 1-1 draw leaves Mansfield in 8th place just outside the play off places.
Tranmere Rovers were denied the three points late on at Welling United. After a scoreless first half Rovers took the lead just after the break with a well worked corner taken by Liam Ridehalge, flicked on by James Norwood at the front post setting up Liam Maynard to score. Ritchie Sutton made Rover attempts to hold on more difficult as he was sent off with 18 minutes to go. welling took advantage with an 87th minute 30 yard strike from Sam Corne to give Welling a point
Southport will welcome a point at home to Dover Athletic in a dull 0-0 draw in which neither side managed a single shot on target. A Louis Almond header just wide was the closest Southport came. Dover were the more likely in the latter stages with Liam Bellamy and Nicky Deverdicks going close for the Kent outfit. Southport remain in the bottom 4 but the clean sheet is something to build on.
Chester City gave leaders Forest Green a fright at the Deva Stadium but in the end the visitors 100 per cent record was kept in tact. Chester won a series of corners and were more than holding their own for the opening half hour. on 39 minutes John Parkin headed into the path of Elliott Freer who gave the leaders the lead. Chester levelled on the hour after a John Rooney cross was met by Luke George to equalise with a header. Forest Green secured the points with 13 minutes to go when Kurtis Guthrie set up Aaron O’Conner for the winner. Tough on Chester but they can take much from this game which shows they are good enough to compete and push for the play-offs if not outright promotion itself.
After last weeks televised hammering by Rangers concerns that the wheels are coming off the Queen Of The South wagon will be increased after today’s home defeat by ST Mirren. Steven Thompson was the star of the show with a fine first half display setting up Sean Kelly to give the Saints the lead and Thompson himself with a fine solo effort made it 2-0 on 28 minutes. Gary Oliver and Paul Hefferman brought saves from the ST Mirren keeper Jamie Langfield in a better second half display but ST Mirren deservedly left Dumfries with the three points.
MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD
Scunthorpe United (0) 0 Blackpool (1) 1 (Potts) – At Glanford Park, Scunthorpe
Newport County (0) 0 York City (1) 3 (Berrett, Thompson, Oliver) – At Rodney Parade, Newport
Mansfield Town (1) 1 (Clements) Wimbledon (1) 1 (Elliott) – At Field Mill, Mansfield
Welling United (0) 1 (Corne) Tranmere Rovers (0) 1 (Maynard) – At Park View Road, Welling
Southport (0) 0 Dover Athletic (0) 0 – At Haig Avenue, Southport
Chester City (0) 1 (George) Forest Green Rovers (1) 2 (Freer, O’Conner) – At The Deva Stadium, Chester
Queen Of The South (0) 0 ST Mirren (2) 2 (Kelly, Thompson) – At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries