League One review: Carlisle in playoff hunt

League One and Two review: Carlisle back in playoff hunt after late win

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22:49 GMT, 27 March 2012

Jordan Cook scored twice in the dying minutes as Carlisle boosted their npower League One play-off hopes with a dramatic come-from-behind victory at fifth-placed Milton Keynes Dons.

The hosts looked set to narrow the gap to second-placed Sheffield Wednesday to just four points when Shaun Williams fired them in front in the 80th minute from the penalty spot.

But Cook struck back within three minutes and netted the winner also from the spot in injury time after he was adjudged to have been fouled by Dons defender Tom Flanagan.

Buzzing: Brentford's Clayton Donaldson scores his second goal against Preston

Buzzing: Brentford's Clayton Donaldson scores his second goal against Preston

Carlisle's win kept them in the play-off zone at the expense of Stevenage, who came from 2-0 down to grab a 2-2 home draw with Bournemouth.

Wesley Thomas and Scott Malone gave the Cherries the lead inside 36 minutes, but Luke Freeman and Michael Bostwick still managed to bring Stevenage level before half-time.

At the bottom, Walsall clambered out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win over Colchester. Anthony Wordsworth gave the visitors an early lead but the Saddlers responded through Emanuel Ledesma, Mat Sadler and George Bowerman.

Brentford kept their slim play-off hopes alive with a 3-1 win at Preston. Shaleum Logan and Clayton Donaldson gave the Bees an early lead, Paul Parry's penalty reduced the deficit before Donaldson's second secured the points.

David Mooney scored the only goal of the game as Leyton Orient won 1-0 at Oldham, despite the late sending-off of defender Ryan Dickson for two bookable offences.

Shrewsbury's hopes of moving back into second-place in League Two literally went up in smoke as their match against Port Vale was abandoned after 64 minutes due to an electrical fire.

The Shrews led 1-0 at the time due to a 50th minute goal from James Collins, but when smoke began billowing out of the East Stand at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium, the game was swiftly called off.

Fourth-placed Crawley moved within a point of the automatic promotion places with a 2-1 win at Bradford. Leon Clarke's opener for the visitors was cancelled out by Chris Dagnall, but Gary Alexander fired a 76th minute winner.

Asa Hall's double boosted Oxford's play-off hopes with a 2-0 win at Accrington Stanley, while Gillingham's play-off hopes continued to falter as a Matt Fish own goal handed hosts Burton a 1-0 win which ends the Brewers' recent dismal run.

In the night's other match, Peter Vincenti scored a 43rd minute winner for Aldershot at home to Bristol Rovers which keeps the north Hampshire side's outside hopes of making the play-offs alive.