League Two round-up: Crewe stay top with a win over Swindon while Leyton Orient make light work of Grimsby and Northampton finally get a win

  • League Two leaders Crewe solidified their position with a 3-1 win over Swindon
  • Leyton Orient beat Grimsby in Ross Embleton’s last game as interim manager
  • Northampton ended their winless run of four games as they defeated Salford 

Late goals from Chris Porter and Charlie Kirk strengthened Crewe’s position as League Two leaders as they claimed a 3-1 home win over Swindon.

The Robins took the lead in the latter stages of the first half with a strike from Eoin Doyle but his effort was nullified as David Artell’s side emerged dominant after the break.

Porter equalised in the 59th minute and then nudged Alex ahead in the 90th minute with Kirk putting the icing on the cake in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Late goals from Chris Porter and Charlie Kirk kept Crewe's position as League Two leaders

Late goals from Chris Porter and Charlie Kirk kept Crewe’s position as League Two leaders

Leyton Orient made light work of Grimsby as they won 4-0 in their last game under interim manager Ross Embleton, who will resume his role of assistant manager when Carl Fletcher takes the helm.

An early strike from Daniel Happe gave Orient the lead, with Josh Coulson widening the margin in the 21st minute.

James Alabi added a third in the 80th minute, leaving Josh Wright’s late penalty to put the gloss on a dominant performance.

Plymouth’s Joel Grant scored his third goal in three games when handing his side the advantage as they beat Carlisle 2-0.

The game was put to bed in stoppage time as midfielder Antoni Sarcevic unleashed an unstoppable strike past Carlisle keeper Adam Collin.

Northampton’s four-game winless run came to an end as they defeated Salford 2-0 at Sixfields Stadium.

Leyton Orient got a 4-0 win in their last game under interim manager Ross Embleton

Leyton Orient got a 4-0 win in their last game under interim manager Ross Embleton

A first-half penalty from Sam Hoskins handed the hosts the lead before Jordan Turnbull grabbed a second in the 66th minute.

Bradford climbed into second place with a 2-1 victory over Crawley – their third successive win.

An attacking start saw the Bantams take an early lead when Harry Pritchard connected with a Zeli Ismail cross to claim the opener.

Pritchard was replaced with an injury before the break by Danny Devine, who made an instant impact when linking up with Aramide Oteh to score a second for the hosts.

Crawley fought back, with Reece Grego-Cox reigniting hopes by scoring in the 81st minute, but an equaliser did not materialise.

Cheltenham are now unbeaten in seven league fixtures after defeating Walsall 2-1.

Ben Tozer’s first-half strike was cancelled out in the 52nd minute by a Walsall penalty, converted by Josh Gordon.

Michael Duff’s side responded quickly, however, with Luke Varney scoring the winning goal within six minutes to seal victory.

Cheltenham Town are undefeated in seven games after their win over Walsall on Saturday

Cheltenham Town are undefeated in seven games after their win over Walsall on Saturday

Newport continued to rise up the table with a 2-1 victory over Scunthorpe.

Padraig Amond took the initiative in the closing moments of the first half but a Mark O’Brien own goal pulled the Iron level.

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Josh Sheehan ensured three points were claimed after the break, latching on to a ball from Amond and firing into the bottom corner.

A late strike from Jak McCourt ensured Macclesfield did not leave Oldham empty-handed after a dominant performance was rewarded with a 1-0 win.

His 86th-minute effort saw the Silkmen’s unbeaten spell extend to four matches.

Cambridge brushed aside visitors Exeter as they sealed a convincing 4-0 victory.

Luke Hannant struck before the break before a rampant second half saw Jack Roles, George Taft and Andrew Dallas add to the scoreline to secure an impressive win for Colin Calderwood’s side.

Cole Stockton aided Morecambe in claiming their first win since August when scoring the only goal at Colchester.

Forest Green let a 2-0 lead slip away as they hosted Mansfield, eventually taking just a point from a 2-2 draw.

Aaron Collins handed the hosts the lead before Jack Aitchison added a second in the 61st minute but substitute Andy Cook hit a double to ensure a share of the spoils.

Port Vale drew 1-1 with Stevenage after an early strike from Jake Taylor was cancelled out by a contentious penalty, converted by Kurtis Guthrie, to leave both sides with a point apiece. 



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