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League Two re-cap: Relegated Dagenham score three again, race for promotion hots up



Relegated Dagenham & Redbridge scored three times for the second week in a row as they moved off the bottom of the table on the penultimate weekend of the Sky Bet League Two season.

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Whilst it is obviously too late to escape the drop, the Daggers will be confident ahead of next season as they backed up a highly impressive 3-2 win at Plymouth Argyle last weekend with a 3-0 victory over Crawley Town.

All the scoring came in the second half, as Christian Doidge scored two quick goals before Ashley Hemmings confirmed the points in the 80th minute. The win marks new boss Dermot Drummy’s first game in charge.

Meanwhile, in the race for promotion, Plymouth Argyle dropped out of contention after failing to win away at Cambridge United. The Pilgrims have been better on the road this season, and took the lead through Jamille Matt in the 71st minute.

The game came alive in the last six minutes, however, as Ben Williamson and Jimmy Spencer were set up by Zeli Ismail to put the U’s on the brink of victory. It was Graham Carey’s 12th of the season who rescued the points, as Argyle sit behind Dockland rivals Portsmouth on goal difference.

A win for Cambridge would have taken the fight for the final play-off spot to the final day, by virtue of AFC Wimbledon’s 0-0 draw at Stevenage. As it happens, the Dons will be competing against the fourth placed side in the post-season tournament.

Sean Rigg’s scuffed shot was the best opportunity as the Dons secured their highest league finish in the club’s history.

Accrington Stanley maintained their advantage in the battle for automatic promotion with a 1-0 victory away at Wycombe Wanderers. Mark Hughes’s tap-in in the 78th minute means that a win for Accrington on the final day will guarantee them second spot.

Oxford United also know that a win will guarantee them a League One place next term following a 2-0 victory over Carlisle United at Brunton Park. They sit one point behind Accrington and one ahead of Bristol Rovers thanks to goals from Chris Maguire and Liam Sercombe.

Maguire set the tone from the penalty spot in the fourth minute, and Sercombe scored his fourth since late March to wrap up the points. Carlisle drop to 12th place.

York City find themselves bottom of the Football League after a 4-1 thrashing by Bristol Rovers. Billy Bodin scored in the 19th and 71st minute as the Pirates kept up the pressure on their promotion rivals, before Jermaine Easter and Lee Mansell wrapped up the points. Kenny McEvoy did score a consolation for the hosts.

The win means that Rovers still have it all to do to go up automatically, hoping that Oxford and Accrington can drop points next weekend.

Elsewhere, there was a seven goal thriller at the Hive as Barnet came out second best to Yeovil Town. Michael Gash and John Akinde gave the Bees a 2-0 lead after 52 minutes, before Matt Dolan responded just three minutes later.

Akinde, who was linked with Championship side Wolves in January, scored his second to put Barnet 3-1 up, but yet again the Somerset side responded quickly, Nathan Smith this time responsible. Francois Zoko equalised with around 15 minutes left, before Harry Cornick scored his seventh of the season to win the game for the Glovers in the 95th minute, who move up to 18th.

Portsmouth have booked a play-off tie with rivals Plymouth thanks to their 2-0 win over Hartlepool United, after Argyle couldn’t beat Cambridge. Kal Naismith and Conor Chaplin secured a routine victory at Victoria Park.

We say this every week because of how amazing the achievement is, but Northampton Town are still unbeaten at the top of League Two.

The run, now 23 league games long, stretches to before Christmas. The latest victims were Luton Town, thanks to goals from Zander Diamond and John Marquis in the first half for the Cobblers. Northampton were presented with their Sky Bet League Two trophy after the match, as it is their last game at Sixfields in the fourth tier until August 2017 at the earliest.

Jayden Stockley rescued a point for Exeter City in their match against Morecambe, who took the lead through Kevin Ellison with five minutes to go. The draw moves Exeter up to 11th, as the Shrimps stay in 21st.

Leyton Orient moved up to ninth as they got back to winning ways against Mansfield Town. It was former Stags striker Ollie Palmer who won the game for Orient, condemning Mansfield to a drop into the bottom half of the league table.

Finally, Notts County completed a decent away win over Newport County thanks to Genaro Snijders. Notts County sit 17th, whilst Newport are still in 22nd place.

League Two fans… what do you think? What was the game of the day? Whose result was most important contextually? Who will be the two to secure automatic promotion spots next weekend? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

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