Football League roundup: Accrington Stanley surge to second in League One

Accrington jumped up to second in League One after a 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury secured John Coleman’s side a fourth win in five games.

There were only three matches in the division on Saturday, with Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday among those not in action due to international call-ups, and Stanley took advantage to split the top two and sit behind the Black Cats only on goal difference. Joel Mumbongo reacted fastest to give Accrington the lead in the 15th minute, pouncing on a loose ball inside the area to fire in from six yards. And Stanley held on to that advantage to take all three points and condemn Shrewsbury to a fifth defeat in six games.

Oxford missed the chance to move to go top after a shock 3-1 defeat at AFC Wimbledon. The U’s took the lead in stoppage time at the end of a fiercely contested first half as Mark Sykes fired in from the right side of the penalty area. But the hosts were level 10 minutes after the break as Will Nightingale’s header back across goal from a free-kick was touched in by Jack Rudoni. And Nightingale got himself on the scoresheet 12 minutes from time to put his side ahead, before Rudoni struck again to make it 3-1.

Cheltenham drew 1-1 with MK Dons at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium. Kyle Joseph fired the home side ahead in the 14th minute, picking the ball up 30 yards out and finding the bottom corner with a low left-foot strike. But the visitors’ pressure told three minutes from time when Hiram Boateng smashed in from a deflected cross.

Harrogate moved top of League Two with a 3-1 win at Mansfield, who finished with nine men. Rhys Oates had given the Stags an early lead when he headed home from a free-kick in the third minute. Harrogate, though, were soon level when Luke Armstrong nodded in from a corner and Jack Muldoon put them in front during first-half stoppage time. In the 73rd minute when Ollie Clarke was dismissed for bringing down Town forward Jack Diamond. Players from both sides squared up, with Mansfield midfielder Stephen Quinn shown a red card for clashing with Josh Falkingham. Once calm had been restored, Harrogate went on to make their extra men count with nine minutes left when George Thomson headed in from a corner.

Forest Green were edged off top spot on goal difference after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Exeter. Bradford are third following a 1-1 home draw against Walsall, who played the second half with 10 men. Elliot Watt put the Bantams ahead following a corner in the 14th minute, but Jack Earing equalised shortly before half-time. Joss Labadie was dismissed for violent conduct following a foul on Gareth Evans.

Swindon continued their promising start to the new campaign with a 1-1 draw at Stevenage thanks to a stoppage-time penalty from Jack Payne. The deadlock was broken by the home side in the 54th minute when Ben Coker slotted in from a tight angle. A dramatic finale saw Payne convert from the spot after Jayden Mitchell-Lawson had been sent sprawling – and the players squared up following the full-time whistle as tempers boiled over.

Northampton beat 10-man Scunthorpe 2-0 at Sixfields. Iron defender Emmanuel Onariase saw red after just 20 minutes for a professional foul on Danny Rose. Rose eventually broke the deadlock just after the hour, with Sam Hoskins wrapping things up in stoppage time.

Harry Smith scored in each half as Leyton Orient drew 2-2 at Newport, where Dom Telford struck a late equaliser. Tom Davies scored with a minute left to give Tranmere a 1-0 win over Hartlepool at Prenton Park.

At the other end of the table, Oldham’s poor start continued as Barrow ran out 3-0 winners at Boundary Park. Ollie Banks got the visitors in front, with Offrande Zanzala and Joe Grayson adding two more in the space of four minutes during the second half.

Rochdale won 3-2 at Port Vale with a late goal from Corey O’Keeffe. Jamie Proctor had given the hosts an early lead, but Dale hit back to lead through Jake Beesley’s brace either side of half-time. Vale frontman Proctor then levelled things up, only for O’Keeffe to slot in the winner with 12 minutes left.

Leon Clarke’s debut goal at the start of the second half after only just coming on was enough to give Bristol Rovers a 1-0 win over Crawley. Salford slipped to a third league defeat in four games after losing 2-1 at Carlisle.

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