THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Championship ~ Doncaster's survival hinges on short-term signings
Doncaster Rovers' 2-1 win away at fellow relegation strugglers Nottingham Forest has boosted their hopes of Championship survival. Rovers' chances of staying in the division will largely be based on the performances of  high-profile players on short-term contracts, such as El Hadji Diouf and Pascal Chimbonda, and loanees. Last night was no exception. Frederic Piquionne, signed on loan from West Ham in the morning, scored the opening goal. It leaves Rovers, who are trying to build a sporting club “similar to Barcelona” in South Yorkshire, three points below Forest and the safety line. Crucially, Rovers have games in hand on all above them.

League One ~ Wycombe find themselves in the goals at home
If Wycombe Wanderers are going to avoid relegation this season, it may well be their new-found scoring power at home that saves them. Last night's 4-2 victory over a poor Leyton Orient means the Chairboys have collected six points and scored nine goals in their last two matches at Adams Park. The result was particularly pleasing for their manager, Gary Waddock, as it followed a 4-1 away defeat to fellow relegation candidates Scunthorpe. Wycombe's form at home is good enough for the play-offs but six defeats in a row on the road leaves them three points from safety.

League Two ~ Barnet drop back into the relegation scrap

Midweek wins for Plymouth Argyle and Northampton Town mean that Barnet have now been dragged back into relegation trouble. Four wins out of four in January had pulled the Bees away from the bottom of League Two but no victories since then, plus an upturn in form for other teams, has tightened things up at the base of the Football League. Barnet were easily beaten 3-1 at play-off-chasing Gillingham on Tuesday night and the 84 travelling Bees fans will have has their evening worsened by results elsewhere. A tough trip to Port Vale is next up and it is vital the side, bottom of the form table, begin to pick up some points.

Conference ~ Trawlermen sink Mariners as their run goes on

Fleetwood Town have now gone 21 games unbeaten in the Conference, cementing their place at the top of the division. As west coast hosted east, Fleetwood dispatched Grimsby 2-1 to extend their lead over Wrexham to eight points. It was a tight game against a Grimsby side who themselves had not lost for 15 games before Tuesday. Jamie Vardy's 27th goal of the season, a stunning strike into the top corner, came in the 90th minute of the match to secure the three points for Fleetwood. Tom Hocking

Comments (1)
Comment by ingoldale 2012-03-07 12:47:50

Fleetwood ROBBED the Mariners. We weren't outplayed and their penalty was, by all accounts, non-existent - not even their fans or players claimed for one - and the continued to use dirty tactics a la Crawley last season - harassment, diving, overly physical.

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