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Francis Jeffers scores twice for Accrington Stanley: LEAGUE TWO review

League Two round-up: Former England man Jeffers bags two for Stanley exactly ten years after turning out for Arsenal in the Champions League

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

22:24 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:39 GMT, 19 March 2013

LEAGUE TWO RESULTS

Accrington 4-0 AFC Wimbledon

Bradford 1-0 Wycombe

Rochdale 1-1 Gillingham

Southend 0-2 Plymouth

Torquay 2-1 Chesterfield

Barnet 2-0 Fleetwood

Former England striker Francis Jeffers scored twice to earn Accrington a crucial 4-0 win over AFC Wimbledon, which moved them off the foot of npower League Two and out of the drop zone.

Jeffers, playing for the league's bottom club exactly 10 years to the day since he appeared for Arsenal against Valencia in the Champions League, put Stanley two up with goals in the fifth and 19th minutes.

Will Hatfield added a third before the break and Lee Molyneux completed the rout.

Fran the man: Accrington Stanley escaped the relegation zone thanks to two Francis Jeffers goals

Fran the man: Accrington Stanley escaped the relegation zone thanks to two Francis Jeffers goals

Back in the day: Jeffers' brace comes 10 years to the day since he turned out for Arsenal in the Champions League

Back in the day: Jeffers' brace comes 10 years to the day since he turned out for Arsenal in the Champions League

LEAGUE TWO TABLE

League Two

The win took Accrington two points above the bottom two in the desperate fight to stay in the league.

It was a good night for the sides battling to stay up, with Torquay, Plymouth and Barnet, three of five sides level on points at the bottom at the start of the day, also winning.

Torquay won 2-1 at home to Chesterfield thanks to two goals in the opening eight minutes from Joss Labadie and Rene Howe.

Liam Cooper pulled one back in the 77th minute, but United held on.

Argyle had to wait a little longer to make the breakthrough at Southend, but a Paul Wotton penalty after 57 minutes and a Reuben Reid finish after 75 earned them a 2-0 victory.

Barnet were also 2-0 winners, at home to Fleetwood, thanks to a goal in each half from Mark Byrne and Luke Gambin.

It all meant Aldershot and York, not in action tonight, slipped into the relegation places.

At the other end of the table, league
leaders Gillingham had to come from behind to draw 1-1 at Rochdale,
Danny Kedwell's 56th-minute header cancelling out George Donnelly's
opener.

Capital One Cup
finalists Bradford boosted their hopes of getting into the play-offs
with a 1-0 win at home to Wycombe, Garry Thompson the scorer after seven
minutes.

Sitting out: Suspended Barnet manager Edgar Davids watched his side win 2-0

Sitting out: Suspended Barnet manager Edgar Davids watched his side win 2-0

Barnsley 1 Burnley 1 – match report: Marcus Tudgay equalises

Barnsley 1 Burnley 1: Tudgay heads home to help Hill's hapless men pick up a point

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 27 November 2012

Barnsley's winless run in the npower Championship shows no sign of ending, but they did at least show spirit in battling back for a point at Oakwell.

It looked like being another evening to forget for the hosts after Charlie Austin's fourth minute header put the Tykes on their way to a fourth successive home defeat.

But, despite a poor first-half showing, Keith Hill's men somehow went in at half-time on level terms when Marcus Tudgay also headed home from 12 yards shortly before the break.

Level terms: Marcus Tudgay scored the equaliser as Barnsley came back to draw

Level terms: Marcus Tudgay scored the equaliser as Barnsley came back to draw

MATCH FACTS

Barnsley: Steele, Cranie, Foster, McNulty, Golbourne, Noble-Lazarus, Greening, Buzsaky, Mellis (O'Brien 81), Davies (Sinclair 79), Tudgay.

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Dawson, Wiseman, Cywka, Stones.

Goals: Tudgay 37.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Bartley (Ings 46), McCann, Stock (Edgar 81), Wallace (Vokes 83), Austin, Paterson.

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Lafferty, Stanislas, Stewart.

Booked: Duff.

Goals: Austin 5.

Att: 8,610

Ref: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).

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However, the draw made it eight games
without a win and unless something changes quickly a relegation battle
seems a certainty in the second half of the campaign.

For Burnley, their goal signalled the
end of a three-game scoring drought for hot-shot Austin, who took his
tally to 21 for season, and they could have been celebrating all three
points but Danny Ings' early second-half effort hit the post.

As it was it ended all square and they remain in mid-table.

The Reds were desperate to end their
barren run and boss Keith Hill made three changes to his side with
Stephen Foster, Akos Buzskay and Reuben Noble-Lazarus handed starts.

Burnley were fresh from an impressive
1-0 win at Hull on Saturday, but they were unable to call on matchwinner
Dean Marney, who was banned, and Sean Dyche made a further two changes,
recalling Kieran Trippier and Marvyn Bartley.

And it was Bartley that almost made an
immediate impact when his goalbound effort from Ross Wallace's cross
was deflected just the wrong side of the post.

But there was no reprieve for Barnsley
from the resulting corner as that man Austin stole in front of his
marker and powered a header home from 10 yards to end his mini-drought.

Both of the goals in the Reds' 2-0
defeat against Cardiff on Saturday came from set-pieces and the manner
of the defending will have done little to lighten Hill's mood.

But then out of nothing, Barnsley
hauled themselves level in the 37th minute. The ball fell to Scott
Golbourne on the left and he whipped in a delicious cross for Tudgay to
head home, leaving the sprawling Lee Grant helpless.

Any hopes that Barnsley had of
continuing their momentum after the break were misplaced as it was
Burnley who began on the front foot and twice went close to regaining
the lead.

First Wallace curled a 20-yard
free-kick that was well saved by Luke Steele and then five minutes later
Steele was beaten by Ings, who had come on as a half-time substitute,
but the right-hand post came to Barnsley's rescue from the drilled
20-yard effort.

The hosts weathered the storm and grew
back into the game with talismanic striker Craig Davies, who had been
unusually quiet, sending an effort from distance just wide and Akos
Buzsaky testing Grant from a similar range.

But they could not rally any further and the game petered out to a tame draw that did little to help Barnsley's plight.