As round 20 of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One campaign got underway, Scunthorpe United had a comfortable lead at the top of the league.
However, Bolton Wanderers were the only team within the top six to earn three points over the weekend gaining two points on Scunthorpe in top spot.
Scunthorpe were held at home by the visiting Oxford United who were coming off the back of two impressive wins. Duane Holmes gave the Iron a first half lead, before Phil Edwards levelled the score minutes into the second half
In the meantime, Bolton who had won their previous two games, travelled to Northampton Town who had lost their last three. Only one goal separated the two teams after 90 minutes, coming from Bolton’s Zach Clough.
Sheffield United in third made the trip to The Valley, to face an in-form Charlton outfit. The Blades were on their way to a fifth successive victory, before Patrick Bauer popped up with a stoppage time equaliser for the Addicks.
Bradford City dropped points in the title race as they fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Swindon Town. Anton Rodger’s curled in a free kick to give the Robins their sixth league win of the season.
Rochdale also dropped points as they suffered a heavy defeat away at Gillingham, who are beginning to find some form themselves. Frank Nouble netted the Gills first before Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Mark Byrne sealed the win late on in the game.
Peterborough United’s game with Oldham was postponed due to a frozen pitch, meaning the Posh have a game in hand of those above them as they sit one point behind Rochdale in sixth.
AFC Wimbledon and Fleetwood met in a battle for the play-offs at Kingsmeadow, and fought out a draw. Town’s Conor McLaughlin snatched a point for the travelling Cod Army at the death, before Bolger’s opening strike was cancelled out by Wimbledon’s Tom Elliott and Dean Parrett.
Millwall were victorious in a five-goal thriller at Gigg Lane. The game burst into life in the second half, as James Vaughan grabbed a quick-fire double to give the Shakers a two-goal lead. A sending off minutes later for Bury’s Niall Maher changed the game, which paved the way for Shaun Williams, Callum Butcher and Aiden O’Brien to begin and complete a 20 minute come-from-behind win.
Southend and Walsall played out one of two goalless draws in League One over the weekend at the Bescot Stadium. The other coming from Greenhous Meadow between Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale.
Chesterfield ran out winners in an entertaining game at the Proact Stadium. Bristol Rovers scored early on in their visit to Chesterfield through Peter Hartley. Chesterfield soon found their feet and went 3-1 up thanks to Ian Evatt and a brace from Jay O’Shea. Billy Boding pulled a goal back for the travelling Gas but it was a case of too little too late.
MK Dons earned their first win in eight away at Coventry. Ed Upson opened the scoring at the Ricoh Arena in the 35th minute. Three minutes later Coventry equalised through Ben Stevenson, whose afternoon was mixed after he was shown red with 15 minutes left. The Dons capitalised on their numerical advantage as Upson grabbed his second ten minutes from time to earn all three points.