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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

Lincoln City push through loan for Newport"s Jake Thomson on Twitter

The first Twitter transfer Lincoln push through loan for Newport's Thomson in 140 characters

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

16:51 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:52 GMT, 2 January 2013

Trinidad and Tobago Jake Thomson signed for Lincoln City on a month-long loan today from Newport County – but it took a bit of Twitter wrangling to push the move through.

The Welsh side announced on their official account at 1pm this afternoon that the deal had been completed, only for fellow Conference club Lincoln to immediately shoot back and deny it.

The Imps Twitter account replied: 'Can you therefore get the paperwork signed and sent to us so the move can be completed'

Twitter transfer! Lincoln took offence at Newport's claims that a loan deal for Jake Thomson had been completed

Twitter transfer! Lincoln took offence at Newport's claims that a loan deal for Jake Thomson had been completed

They later snapped back at another Twitter user who had simply told them to pick up the phone to complete negotiations, writing: 'Surely the unprofessional approach is announcing a loan move that hasn't even happened yet'

23-year-old Thomson did complete his move later in the day and is eligible to make his Lincoln debut at Ebbsfleet United on Saturday.

Loan deal: Trinidad and Tobago international Thomson in action for Cheltenham Town

Loan deal: Trinidad and Tobago international Thomson in action for Cheltenham Town

He joined Newport from Forest Green Rovers and has so far made 16 appearances this season.

Capped twice by the Caribbean nation, he has previously played for Southampton, Bournemouth, Torquay, Cheltenham and Exeter City.

FA Cup first round: Cambridge City v MK Dons kicks-off action

A Cantona style kung-fu kick, world beaters and a touch of glamour… it must be the FA Cup proper

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09:54 GMT, 2 November 2012

It's FA Cup time again. The first round proper begins on Friday night when Cambridge City host MK Dons. But this is not the first round for many.

There have been six rounds so far and Sportsmail's MICHAEL WALKER has been at each one, starting at North Shields back in August.

We have followed the winners of each round and will do so through to next May's final.

On Saturday it is Torquay United v Harrogate Town. Here's how we got there.

Honours even: Hyde (in red) take on Harrogate, a game which ended 1-1

Honours even: Hyde (in red) take on
Harrogate, a game which ended 1-1

August 11, FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
North Shields 1 Birtley Town 1
Venue: Ralph Gardner Park, Attendance: 134, Entry fee: 4 , Match programme: 50p, Prize-money: 1,000

So this is it: the last day of the Olympics, the start of the FA Cup. Down in east London, Mo Farah is about to win his second gold medal of the Games in the 5,000 metres; up on sunny Tyneside, the amateur sport is real.

The FA Cup has 758 entrants, and at this stage 400 are involved. It is regional, but nationwide. There are matches from Cornwall to Northumberland.

It is 98 days since the last FA Cup final, when Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1, if you recall. North Shields' ground, where the main sponsor is a local funeral director, feels as far from Wembley as it does from the Olympians in Stratford.

These are two teams from the Northern League's second division. But it is good. The banter among the watching lads would fill a northern, kitchen-sink novel, a sample line being: 'He didn't stop it until wor Davy stabbed him.'

There is a touch of glamour, too, from the presence of England fast bowler Steve Harmison in the crowd. Harmison's brother James is a North Shields centre half. The pitch is hairy, the standard is rusty – it's the first game of the season – and Birtley, from Gateshead, deserve their equaliser.

That means a replay the following Tuesday. South of the Tyne, Birtley Town win. They are officially on an FA Cup run. For North Shields there will be no return to Wembley, where they won the FA Amateur Cup in 1969, beating Sutton United in front of 47,000. Those were the days.

Hyde and seek: fans sample the culinary delights on offer at Hyde FC

Hyde and seek: fans sample the culinary delights on offer at Hyde FC

August 25, FA Cup Preliminary Round
Birtley Town 1 West Auckland Town 4
Venue: Birtley Sports Complex, Attendance: 135, Entry fee: 5, Match programme 1, Prize-money: 1,750

It is the sodden August day when, 10 miles away, Sunderland postpone their first home match of the season, against Reading. Across in Birtley, tucked away at the foot of a housing estate, it's game on.

Anyone who has ever been on the east coast mainline can have seen Birtley Town's ground. South of Newcastle, amid the low-rise industry of the Team Valley, the pitch is beside the railway line. As Birtley take a surprise lead against the famous West Auckland – who hail from the Northern League's first division as well as football's history books – trains hurtle by, followed by those of Virgin.

The crowd seems almost entirely from County Durham – that is, West Auckland – and when 'West' equalise in the second half there is a roar. 'West' are clearly the more accomplished footballers but Birtley have excelled. Quality tells though in the next 20 minutes as the County Durham team rattle in three more.

Birtley's Cup run has ended but their players can always console themselves at a takeaway advertising in the match programme. It has speciality pizza costing 3 called 'Geordie Delight' – 'tomato, kebab and cheese.'

Gentle touch: groundsman opts for the light workout

Gentle touch: groundsman opts for the light workout

September 8, FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Ashington 2 West Auckland Town 3
Venue: Woodhorn Lane, Attendance: 277, Entry fee: 6, Programme: 1, Prize-money: 3,000

A fixture with a history and a half delivered a game and a half.

The West Auckland team bus in the Ashington car park has a sign on the front with 'Winners of the World Cup' on it.

This refers to the Sir Thomas Lipton trophy, a precursor of the World Cup and West Auckland's dual triumphs of 1909 and 1911.

These were the first, embryonic international tournaments. They were held in Turin and the miners from West Auckland beat a Swiss club, FC Winterthur, in the first final and Juventus (6-1) in the second final. And in West Auckland they haven't forgotten. Nor in Turin – 'West' were invited back by Juventus for the 1909 centenary three years ago.

Ashington, also of the Northern League's first division, will always have a place in the history of English football as the two framed England shirts in the clubhouse show. One is signed by Bobby Charlton, the other by Jack Charlton.

Ashington gave the world, and the World Cup, the Charlton brothers. The town was built on coal, but while the National Union of Mineworkers are among the sponsors at the ground, Ashington is now referred to as an 'unemployment blackspot'. Dole not coal.

Outside Woodhorn Lane, young lads are saddling up a pony and trap. It's like something out of Kes. Inside, the banter, which later spills over, reflects modern life. It is dominated by rival chants concerning which town has the greater number of 'smackheads'.

But first a proper FA Cup tie breaks out. In hot sunshine, the scoring goes 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2 until, in the 87th minute, John Parker makes it 2-3 to the visitors. It is a deserved win for West Auckland.

For Ashington midfielder Andy Dugdale, it gets too much. He commits another foul and sees a second yellow card.

Something is said on the sidelines as Dugdale departs and he stops, turns and leaps over the perimeter barrier kung-fu style and plants an Eric Cantona Selhurst Park-style boot on a West fan. For a minute it gets ugly and threatens to run out of control. Who says the FA Cup doesn't matter any more

Afterwards a detour leads to Beatrice Street where Bobby Charlton returned after the Munich air crash to recuperate. There is a famous back-lane photograph of Charlton with some local children. But outside the front of 114 there is no blue plaque. But then what did the Charltons ever do for England

Hyde FC V Harrogate FC in the FA Cup 4th round pre qualifier

September 22, FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
West Auckland Town 2 Harrogate Town 2
Venue: Darlington Road, West Auckland, Attendance: 194, Entrance: 8, Programme: 1, Raffle prize: four cans of lager, Prize-money: 4,500

Turning off the Durham Road in Bishop Auckland, a shiny new stadium comes into view and anticipation rises. The car park is full and there is an FA Cup tie soon to begin. But this is Bishop Auckland v Fylde.

West Auckland is further on. There you park on the grass and walk down a back lane to a sloping pitch that presumably was once a farmer's field. It is massive.

But the welcome is warm and West Auckland are far from agricultural. They have a reputation for aggression but there is not much evidence here. Against Harrogate Town, three divisions higher in the Conference North, West keep playing pass-and-go even when they fall 2-0 behind with 15 minutes left.

But West have two stars on their badge – those World Cup wins – and more than two on the pitch. Ten minutes from the end, John Campbell strikes home a penalty and, in injury time, captain and centre forward Mattie Moffat spears in the equaliser. Fans are on the pitch.

Moffat is one of those natural ball-players that populate the Northern League and their ilk. There are a few who could play higher and West showed that again in the replay. Though they lost 5-1 it was 1-1 in the 66th minute. Jose da Veiga, the Harrogate goalkeeper who began at Benfica and who was first choice for Levante in La Liga II for three seasons, made vital saves.

West reached Wembley last season in the FA Vase but there will be no FA Cup to add to those two stars next May.

October 6, FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
Harrogate Town 3 Frickley Athletic 2
Venue: Wetherby Road, Attendance: 349, Entry: 12, Programme: 2.50, Prize-money: 7,500

Autumnal sunshine gives picturesque Wetherby Road a yellowish hue. The pitch is heavy with the rain that has swamped Yorkshire. But an end-to-end county derby unfolds.

Harrogate manager Simon Weaver was a youth player at Sheffield Wednesday. His programme notes refer back to the West Auckland replay, when West had a man sent off late on.

'I was pleased that (our) players did not get sucked into a fight as the players of West Auckland seemed determined to 'snap' some lads in two, according to instructions from their dug-out.'

There will be another red card in this game, for Harrogate's Lee Elam.

The two teams had met in the previous round last season when there needed to be a replay, won by Frickley. They are now 'Athletic', they used to be 'Colliery'; they bring a bunch of fans north to leafy Harrogate who chant: 'You're so posh it's unbelievable.'

Frickley, of the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier, are 1-0 up in three minutes. The scoring then goes 1-1, 2-1 and 2-2 when, with 15 minutes left, Adam Bolder scores a beauty. Bolder, 31, scored two for Wednesday in a Sheffield derby in the Championship four years ago.

But Frickley, 100 years old last season, come again. You can almost touch the commitment as they pursue an equaliser. But no, it will be Harrogate Town going to Hyde to seek progress to the first round proper.

October 20, FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
Hyde 1 Harrogate Town 1
Venue: Ewen Fields, Attendance: 393, Entry: 14, Programme: 2.50, Prize-money 12,500

'Let's make it official, Hyde,' shouts an especially eager fan at kick-off. 'In the FA Cup, First Round Proper.'

You can tell he really enjoys saying 'proper'. There has been no shortage of competitiveness in any round to date, but the prize here – beyond the 12,500 winners' money – is status. The FA Cup's first round proper is even called the FA Cup First Round Proper. It's proper status.

Unfortunately for the Hyde fan, this is the first match in this series when the most striking thing about the FA Cup is its apparent irrelevance. This is 90 minutes lacking traditional values. It is polite, coached football.

Hyde have a seat at the top table of FA Cup history. They hold the record defeat – 26-0 to Preston in 1887. They are one up early through Phil Jevons, who replaced Nick Barmby when making his Everton Premier League debut 13 years ago. It is a soft penalty.

Hyde won the Conference North division that Harrogate finished 12th in last season. But Harrogate deserve the 88th- minute equaliser from substitute Leon Osborne. That means a replay, by which time the clubs know the Proper prize is a trip to League Two Torquay United.

Harrogate feel this a 'cruel irony'. In 2005 they got the same first-round prize. But they won it again, 1-0 on Wednesday night, deep into injury time. A replay that was postponed twice finally took place on Harrogate's neighbours' pitch. The Yorkshiremen are off to Devon.

Alex Ferguson hails Nick Powell

Fegruson hails Powell as United boss reveals he had to beat Arsenal and Everton

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10:45 GMT, 25 July 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed it was the presence of Everton and Arsenal scouts at Crewe games that hastened Manchester United's approach for Nick Powell.

The 18-year-old was first through the door at Old Trafford this summer in a deal worth 4million, after a stunning season with The Railwaymen in which he scored 16 goals on the way to promotion to League One.

Powell, who won all five major prizes at the Crewe's end-of-year awards, made his United bow last week in a pre-season friendly drew with Ajax Cape Town.

Ready for action: Nick Powell and the rest of the United team trained in Shanghai

Ready for action: Nick Powell and the rest of the United team trained in Shanghai

Ready for action: Nick Powell and the rest of the United team trained in Shanghai

Nick Powell

Powell will hope for another chance
to impress against Shanghai Shenhua in China, where United have been
training ahead of Wednesday's game.

And now Ferguson has admitted to
fighting off Premier League rivals to secure the signing of one of
England's most promising talents.

The Scot said: 'We sent people to see
him a few times after he started scoring a few goals. He actually first
came on our radar a few years ago when he played against our youth
team.

Getting ready: Paul Scholes stretches during training

Getting ready: Paul Scholes stretches during training

'But we watched him seriously from
February. Mike Phelan went to see him a few times and so did our chief
scout, Jim Lawlor. My brother Martin also went to see him against
Torquay before I went for myself, with Mike, when Crewe played
Aldershot.

'We were thinking things over. We’d
seen a few other Premier League clubs there at the game – Everton,
somebody from Arsenal, somebody from Chelsea (they were very keen on
Nick) – so we thought it was best to set the wheels in motion.

Leaders of the pack: Ferdinand and Michael Carrick and the rest of the Manchester United players warm-up during

Leaders of the pack: Ferdinand and Michael Carrick and the rest of the Manchester United players warm-up during

New boy in the team: Shinji Kagawa warms up with the ball

New boy in the team: Shinji Kagawa warms up with the ball

'When Mick and I went to watch Nick Powell we came away and I said: “He's definitely a player. There's no doubt about that”.'

Powell scored a sumptuous opener in
Crewe's play-off win over Cheltenham Town at Wembley, alerting yet more
clubs, but by then, Ferguson says United were well on the road to
securing the attacking midfielder.

Fan crazy: Manchester United's Chinese fans wait to see their heros as one stands with a photo of Sir Alex Ferguson

Fan crazy: Manchester United's Chinese fans wait to see their heros as one stands with a photo of Sir Alex Ferguson

Fan crazy: Manchester United's Chinese fans wait to see their heros as one stands with a photo of Sir Alex Ferguson

Trying to get reception: Ferdinand looks at his phone before training

He added on MUTV: 'We thought that if
we waited until the play-offs the secret would be out, so to speak. All
the TV cameras would be focussed on him and it might alert a few other
clubs.

'Mind you, there were already quite a
few interested. As well as Arsenal and Chelsea, we knew Manchester City
were keeping tabs on him as well.

'So I phoned [Crewe director of
football] Dario Gradi, told him we were keen and we started negotiating.
We sorted the deal with the chairman and agreed we’d leave it until
after the play-off finals.

'It was all in place a good 10 days
beforehand. Nick’s agent told Nick after the match and then he came up
to my house the next day and we got the deal done.'

Ready to go: Kagawa and Scholes arrive for a team training session at Shanghai Stadium

Ready to go: Kagawa and Scholes arrive for a team training session at Shanghai Stadium

Southend 2 Crewe 2 (agg 2-3): Railwaymen reach League Two play-off Final

Southend 2 Crewe 2 (agg 2-3): Railwaymen chug into League Two play-off final

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

21:02 GMT, 16 May 2012

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UPDATED:

21:03 GMT, 16 May 2012

Seventeen-year-old Max Clayton scored the goal which sent Crewe to Wembley for the npower League Two play-off final.

Substitute Clayton had only been on the field 10 minutes when he tucked the ball home to put his side 3-1 ahead on aggregate in the 86th minute.

Ajay Leitch-Smith had earlier opened the scoring for the visitors before Neil Harris levelled for Southend in the second half.

Delight: Ajay Leitch-Smith of Crewe celebrates his goal, and is mobbed by his team-mates below

Delight: Ajay Leitch-Smith of Crewe celebrates his goal, and is mobbed by his team-mates below

Celebration

Clayton's strike appeared to be enough but Chris Barker ensured a nervy final few minutes for the visitors when he headed Southend level on 88 minutes.

But Crewe, who won the first leg courtesy of Adam Dugdale's goal, held out to book a place in next weekend's final against Cheltenham or Torquay.

Southend, looking to reach a Wembley final for the first time in their history, threatened in the early stages with Bilel Mohsni testing goalkeeper Steve Phillips from long range and Sean Clohessy firing over.

However, Crewe stunned the home crowd in the 24th minute thanks to a superb strike from Leitch-Smith.

Ashley Westwood won the ball in midfield and fed Leitch-Smith, who still had plenty to do in the corner of Southend's penalty area.

But the 22-year-old striker turned back inside Clohessy, shifting the ball onto his right food before sending his shot arrowing across Shrimpers goalkeeper Cameron Belford and inside the far post.

Relief: Crewe enjoy Max Clayton's goal

Relief: Crewe enjoy Max Clayton's goal

Southend thought they had scored eight minutes later after Phillips spilled Ryan Hall's shot at the feet of Freddy Eastwood, but he was offside when he swept the ball home.

Moments later it was Belford's turn to blunder, gifting Crewe a chance to put the game to bed when his attempted clearance flew straight to Byron Moore.

The winger found himself clean through, just inside the area, but his composure deserted him as he shanked a shot embarrassingly high and wide, almost clearing the stand behind the goal.

Belford made amends either side of half-time, denying Leitch-Smith as he burst through again before diving to his left to keep out a fierce volley from Moore.

Southend must have known their luck was out when they were denied by the woodwork twice in as many minutes.

Tussle: Byron Moore of Crewe battles with Southend United's Peter Gilbert

Tussle: Byron Moore of Crewe battles with Southend United's Peter Gilbert

First Michael Timlin's shot from outside the box clipped the upright, and moments later Eastwood's low drive thumped the inside of the opposite post and rolled agonisingly across the goal-line to safety.

The hosts did haul themselves back into the tie just after the hour mark, substitute Harris profiting from another Phillips error to slide the ball home.

But as Southend poured forward they were undone on the counter-attack, with Clayton holding the ball up before rolling it inside Phillips' near post.

Barker immediately headed Southend level again three minutes from time but Crewe, who finished 11 points behind their opponents in seventh, are now just 90 minutes from promotion.

Cheltenham 2 Torquay 0

Cheltenham 2 Torquay 0: Robins favourites for Wembley after first-leg win

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13:33 GMT, 13 May 2012

Cheltenham gained the first-leg advantage in their npower League Two play-off semi-final against Torquay courtesy of goals from Jermaine McGlashan and Ben Burgess.

McGlashan's first-half opener capped a fine display from the midfielder, who signed from Aldershot in January, while Burgess' measured header put the Gloucestershire side in pole position for the Wembley final.

Torquay, beaten play-off finalists last season, settled quicker than their hosts and Rene Howe fired an early effort just over the bar.

Double trouble: Ben Burgess (second left) scored Cheltenham's second

Double trouble: Ben Burgess (second left) scored Cheltenham's second

Martin Ling's side narrowly missed out on automatic promotion and finished four points above the hosts but found goalkeeper Scott Brown in inspired mood.

He rushed out to deny Ryan Jarvis as the Walsall loanee looked to lift the ball over him from 12 yards out.

The home side were given a scare from the subsequent corner, which Brown badly misjudged to set up a goalmouth scramble from which Lee Mansell shot wide.

Mark Yates' men reacted well and imposing striker Burgess' header was tipped over by Robert Olejnik in the 18th minute.

The visitors then suffered a significant setback as Howe went off injured, Ling watching his 14-goal top scorer leave the action midway through the first half.

Battle: Cheltenham's Kaid Mohamed and Torquay's Damon Lathorpe

Battle: Cheltenham's Kaid Mohamed and Torquay's Damon Lathorpe

The breakthrough came soon after to compound Torquay's misery. Damon Lathrope conceded possession in midfield, allowing Luke Summerfield to feed McGlashan, who darted into the area and slotted home via the far post.

The goalscorer then took a whack to the face from an attempted clearance, leaving him groggy for a few minutes and it seemed to affect his balance when, moments later, he ran clear down the right wing only to fall over as he tried to deliver a cross.

Mansell's overhead kick dropped wide of the far post in Torquay's final attack of the half.

An action-packed start to the second half saw both sides strike the woodwork and the Robins double their advantage.

Pile on! Jermaine McGlashan celebrates scoring Cheltenham's opening goal

Pile on! Jermaine McGlashan celebrates scoring Cheltenham's opening goal

First Mark Ellis tried to poke Summerfield's cross behind for a corner but smashed the ball against the post, then Burgess directed a powerful header into the top corner from McGlashan's cross.

Jarvis spurned a glorious chance to reduce the deficit almost immediately as he headed against the bar from close range.

Substitute Taiwo Atieno tested Brown with a late toe-poke and a back-post header but could not find a way through, leaving Torquay with a two-goal deficit to overturn in the second leg at Plainmoor on Thursday.

League Two round-up: Swindon promoted

League Two round-up: Swindon promoted but Shews must wait

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

17:32 GMT, 21 April 2012

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UPDATED:

20:49 GMT, 21 April 2012

Swindon were promoted to npower League One despite going down 3-1 at Gillingham on Saturday.

Paolo Di Canio's side will have been
disappointed not to have secured their own promotion – which was
confirmed courtesy of Torquay's defeat – but they remain four points
clear in the title race with two to play.

Paolo promoted: Di Canio will now look to secure the title for Swindon

Paolo promoted: Di Canio will now look to secure the title for Swindon

‘We have to focus on the title now,’ said Di Canio. ‘The last two performances are due to a long season, but I am happy for the players and the fans because after 10 months we can celebrate promotion.

‘Only one team can be called the champions, and I want us to be that team because I am a greedy man.

‘We have this in our hands, we are four points clear so we need to win on Saturday. I will do everything I can.’

Chris Whelpdale scored twice for Gills – who maintain a notional play-off hope of their own – with Danny Kedwell kicking off the scoring and Alan McCormack grabbing Swindon's goal.

Second-placed Shrewsbury missed the opportunity to join the Robins in booking a place in League One as they drew 1-1 with Accrington.

Going up: Swindon players celebrate their promotion

Going up: Swindon players celebrate their promotion

Terry Gornell and Bryan Hughes were the scorers.

Torquay slipped to fourth after goals from Rashid Yussuf and George Moncur condemned them to defeat at AFC Wimbledon.

That allowed Crawley to replace them in the final automatic promotion place after a 1-1 draw at Dagenham.

Scarf ace: Di Canio gives his scarf to a young fan as a momento

Scarf ace: Di Canio gives his scarf to a young fan as a momento

Charlie Wassmer put Crawley ahead only for the equaliser to arrive via Billy Bingham just before the interval.

Crewe extended their unbeaten run to 14 games to move into the final play-off place, David Artell scoring the only goal against sixth-placed Cheltenham.

Salute: Di Canio

Punch the air: Swindon's Alan McCormack netted his side's only goal

Salute: Di Canio (left) saw Alan McCormack (right) net Swindon's only goal

Oxford were the side to make way for Alexandra after their 1-1 draw at Plymouth, Asa Hall equalising for United following Robbie Williams' early opener.

At the wrong end of the table Macclesfield slipped behind Hereford to go bottom.

They lost 1-0 at Bradford, with James Hanson the match-winner. Hereford claimed a point courtesy of a goalless draw against Northampton.

Riding high: Alan Connell after Swindon learned of their promotion

Riding high: Alan Connell after Swindon learned of their promotion

The only other side involved in the relegation battle are Barnet, who sit two points above the Bulls.

Elsewhere Aldershot drubbed hosts Burton 4-0, with goals from Peter Vincenti, Wilko Risser and two from Guy Madjo.

Port Vale beat 10-man Bristol Rovers 1-0, Marc Richards on target in the 23rd minute and Tom Parkes seeing red 16 minutes later.

Lewis Grabban was the last-gasp hero as Rotherham beat Morecambe 3-2, scoring the match-winner – and his second of the game – in added time. By that point the Millers were down a man following Ryan Cresswell's second caution.

Jason Taylor scored the Rotherham's second goal, with Jordan Burrow and Jack Redshaw netting for the visitors.

Delon Armitage cautioned for assault following nightclub brawl

England star Armitage cautioned for assault after nightclub brawl in Torquay

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09:34 GMT, 28 March 2012

England full-back Delon Armitage has been cautioned for assault following a fracas at a nightclub, police have confirmed.

Caution: London Irish and England full-back Delon Armitage

Caution: London Irish and England full-back Delon Armitage

Armitage, who plays for London Irish in the Aviva Premiership, was arrested after an incident at a nightclub in Torquay, Devon, in January in which a man suffered a split lip.

Armitage had played the previous day for the England Saxons, the international side's second XV, in their 23-17 win against the Irish Wolfhounds at the Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park ground.

The 28-year-old, who has been capped 26 times and scored seven tries for England, was subsequently suspended from the England Saxons Elite Player Squad.

Armitage's arrest came on the eve of the start of the new-look England's Six Nations campaign and followed the controversial Rugby World Cup campaign.

Luke Benedict

The team's time in New Zealand was marred by off-field activities, mainly allegations that players took part in 'dwarf-tossing' at a bar. Centre Mike Tindall was later fined and dropped by the RFU over the incident.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said of Armitage: 'He received a police caution on March 23.'

Burton sack Peschisolido after home humbling by Torquay extends winless run

Burton sack Peschisolido after home humbling by Torquay extends winless run

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UPDATED:

03:45 GMT, 18 March 2012

Burton Albion have sacked manager Paul Peschisolido after a 4-1 home defeat to Torquay extended the npower League Two club's winless run to 14 matches.

Sacked: Peschisolido

Sacked: Peschisolido

Former Derby, Sheffield United, Birmingham, Fulham and Stoke midfielder Peschisolido, 40, in his third season in charge of the Brewers, left the club following a meeting with chairman Ben Robinson immediately after their latest defeat.

Robinson said in a statement: 'In all honesty looking at how the team played I think it's clear that the time has come for a change.

'If we continue on our current run of form the teams below us will catch us up and we will find ourselves in a relegation battle, which would be especially disappointing considering our wage budget is considerably higher than last season when we avoided relegation in the second to last game of the season.

'I have asked Gary Rowett and Kevin Poole to take charge of the team for Tuesday evening's game against Northampton Town.'

Canadian-born Peschisolido, who replaced Roy McFarland as Brewers boss in May 2009, said: 'I'm devastated obviously with how things have gone recently, but Burton Albion will remain close to my heart and I'm sure things will pick back up again on the pitch.'

Keith Curle named Notts County manager

Curle named as seventh Notts County manager in three years after replacing Allen

Notts County have named Keith Curle as their new manager.

Curle succeeds Martin Allen who was sacked just hours after the 3-0 defeat at Hartlepool on Saturday.

Curle was working as former County boss Neil Warnock's assistant at QPR until Warnock lost his job at the Barclays Premier League club in January.

Boss: Keith Curle (left) was one of Neil Warnock's coaches at QPR

Boss: Keith Curle (left) was one of Neil Warnock's coaches at QPR

The 48-year-old is thought to have
turned down the chance to join Warnock's backroom staff at Leeds
following his appointment at Elland Road.

Former England international defender
Curle had management spells with Mansfield, Chester and Torquay prior
to linking up with Warnock at QPR.

He takes over a team that is 11th in the npower League One table and eight points adrift of the play-off places.