Doncaster The New Leaders

Last updated : 21 February 2004 By Andy Beill
Donny were up against 4th-placed Mansfield today, and were behind to Liam Lawrence's 15th minute penalty. But Greg Blundell was the visitors' hero with two second half goals seven minutes apart (60 & 67) to give them a 2-1 win.

That result sends them top, two points clear of Hull City who lost to Torquay at the KC Stadium today - only their second home defeat of the season. The Gulls' first half dominance ended with Martin Gritton's goal in stoppage time, and Peter Taylor couldn't rally his troops into finding a second half equaliser. The win moves Torquay back into 7th place, while the Tigers are 2nd.

Three points behind them are Oxford who drew 1-1 against Bury. Terry Dunfield put the Shakers ahead just after half time, but Dean Whitehead restored parity two minutes later. Even after Jonathan Daly was sent off in the 62nd minute, Oxford couldn't find another goal so the spoils were shared.

Huddersfield move up to 5th while Lincoln drop out of the play-off zone to 8th after meeting at the McAlpine Stadium today. Marcus Richardson had given the Imps the lead in the 19th minute with his 7th goal of the season, but second half goals from Efetobore Sodje (48) and Pawel Abbott (67) swung things Huddersfield's way.

An exciting match at Feethams went the home side's way against Yeovil. Barry Conlon put Darlington 1-0 up in the 20th minute only for Lee Johnson to equalise two minutes later. Neil Wainright restored their lead in the 33rd minute, and got another 10 minutes from time. Adam Lockwood's last minute goal was no more than a consolation in the Glovers' 3-2 defeat. They're 6th, while Darlo edge up to 4th from bottom.

A place above them are Kidderminster who become the latest team to capitalise on Swansea's decline. Second half goals from Ian Foster (59) and Jesper Christiansen (66) gave them the win.

The bottom of the table clash between Macclesfield and Carlisle finished 1-1 which doesn't really help either team's cause, while Southend are 2nd from bottom after Leyton Orient fought back from Lawrie Dudfield's goal to beat them 2-1.

Scunthorpe got their first league win since November. Lee Ridley's 72nd minute goal was enough for a 1-0 win over in-form Northampton.

Cheltenham are unbeaten in five after a goalless draw at Rochdale, while Cambridge picked up a 3-1 win against Bristol Rovers.

Saturday 21st February 2004
Boston United 2-0 York City (attendance: 2,490)
Cambridge United 3-1 Bristol Rovers (attendance: 3,256)
Darlington 3-2 Yeovil Town (attendance: 4,500)
Huddersfield Town 2-1 Lincoln City (attendance: 11,553)
Hull City 0-1 Torquay United (attendance: 15,222)
Kidderminster Harriers 2-0 Swansea City (attendance: 3,407)
Leyton Orient 2-1 Southend United (attendance: 6,119)
Macclesfield Town 1-1 Carlisle United (attendance: 3,256)
Mansfield Town 1-2 Doncaster Rovers (attendance: 7,724)
Oxford United 1-1 Bury (attendance: 6,473)
Rochdale 0-0 Cheltenham Town (attendance: 2,449)
Scunthorpe United 1-0 Northampton Town (attendance: 3,566)

Wednesday 18th February 2004
Boston United 1-1 Swansea City (attendance: 2,573)

Tuesday 17th February 2004
Bristol Rovers 1-1 Huddersfield Town (attendance: 6,262)
Cambridge United 2-2 Carlisle United (attendance: 3,280)
Darlington 1-2 Northampton Town (attendance: 4,764)
York City 1-4 Lincoln City (attendance: 3,396)