Vital View - League 2, 22nd April 2017
The League 2 season continued with the latest round of games played over the weekend.
Doncaster, Plymouth and Portsmouth could be involved in a three-way battle to be crowned champions depending on results next weekend?
Leyton Orient are down with Hartlepool favourites to join them.
Here's a round-up of the League 2 action from the other games.
Saturday 22nd April 2017 - LEAGUE TWO
Blackpool 3-0 Cheltenham Town 15:00
Colchester United 0-0 Plymouth Argyle 15:00
Crawley Town 3-3 Carlisle United 15:00
Crewe Alexandra 3-0 Leyton Orient 15:00
Exeter City 3-1 Morecambe 15:00
Grimsby Town 4-2 Yeovil Town 15:00
Hartlepool United 0-2 Barnet 15:00
Luton Town 2-1 Notts County 15:00
Newport County 1-0 Accrington Stanley 15:00
Portsmouth 2-1 Cambridge United 15:00
Stevenage 0-1 Mansfield Town 15:00
Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Doncaster Rovers 15:00
Blackpool made it three unbeaten when struggling Cheltenham were beaten 3-0 to consolidate a play-off spot. Pools, sixth, are two points above Mansfield, seventh, who are just outside of the top-seven whereas the Robins, 21st, are four above the drop zone with two to play.
Colchester and Plymouth shared the points in a 0-0 draw at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, which didn't do much to help the play-off and title bids, respectively. The U's, 12th, are three points off the top-seven whereas the Pilgrims, second, are two points behind leaders Doncaster - but have an inferior goal difference.
An added time equaliser from Crawley - who had been two up before trailing - secured a 3-3 draw from the visit of Carlisle, which ensured the Red Devils' Football League safety. The Cumbrians, who would have moved into the top-seven with a win, dropped to 10th a point off a play-off spot.
Crewe made absolutely certain they would stay in League 2 when Alexandra ran out 3-0 winners over Leyton Orient - who saw their own relegation to non-league confirmed ending a 112 year stay in the Football League.
Two added time goals saw Exeter City to a 3-1 win over Morecambe - who saw a three game unbeaten run ended. The Grecians are now effectively a win from the final two away from confirming a play-off spot.
Grimsby's slim chance of forcing a way into the top-seven are still on following a 4-2 win over Yeovil at Blundell Park. The Mariners are unlikely to make it though with defeat for the Glovers leaving it mathematically possible they could drop out of the Football League - a superior goal difference works for them though.
Hartlepool's fifth defeat in a seven game winless run came at Victoria Park as Barnet went away with a 2-0 victory. Pools dropped below Newport into the bottom-two, two points from safety with two games remaining.
After coming back from a goal down Luton's 2-1 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane basically confirmed the play-off place. Mathematically they can be caught but the goal difference they have makes it a near improbability the Hatters can be overthrown.
Newport recovered from a hammering against Plymouth to record a fifth win in six when seeing off Accrington 1-0 at Rodney Parade. This took them above Hartlepool and above the relegation zone - Stanley's long unbeaten run coming to an end has probably ended their claim top-seven hopes.
Portsmouth closed the gap of leaders Doncaster to four points and moved to within two of Plymouth, second, with a 2-1 win over Cambridge at Fratton Park - keeping alive an outside chance already promoted Pompey could be crowned champions? The U's second defeat in three leaves them three off the top-seven.
A third Stevenage defeat in four without a win was suffered when play-off rivals Mansfield went away with a 1-0 victory - this took the Stags, eighth, to within a point of Boro in the fourth and final play-off spot.
Wycombe moved to within a point on the play-offs with a 2-1 victory over leaders Doncaster. Already promoted Rovers are now three without a win and have had their lead over Plymouth cut to two points and four to Portsmouth, third, so the race to become champions could go down to the wire?
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