Round-up: Bury rise again as Morrell strikes

Six of League Two's top seven at start of play met each other yesterday and when the dust settled leaders Brentford kept their grip on pole position with a 1-1 draw with Gillingham, who slipped out of the top three, while Rochdale clung on to the third automatic promotion place. But Bury were the big winners of the day, beating Bournemouth 1-0, Andy Morrell on target, to go second.

At Griffin Park, Simeon Jackson's 59th-minute penalty earned the Gills their draw, David Hunt having put the Bees ahead four minutes before the break. Wycombe also dropped a place despite the point they earned from the 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury at Adams Park.

The Shrews had gone to Wycombe hoping the division's leading scorer, Grant Holt, would fire them but it was the Chairboys' Gary Holt who curled in an exquisite shot just before the half-hour. But with 15 minutes remaining, Ben Davies' header earned the Shrews a point. Meanwhile, Rochdale led Exeter City twice but had to settle for the 2-2 draw thanks to Marcus Stewart's brace for the Grecians.

At the bottom, Luton Town, whose 30-point penalty virtually condemned them to Conference football from the start, continued their valiant fight and won 2-1 at Morecambe, Chris Martin and Kevin Gallen scoring. Chester City or Grimsby Town look the likeliest to accompany the Hatters, if they drop out of the league.

Chester drew 0-0 with Bradford City and are three points behind the Mariners, who beat Aldershot 1-0 thanks to Barry Conlon's 82nd-minute penalty, his 12th goal of the season. Elsewhere in League Two, Jack Lester scored twice as Chesterfield defeated Port Vale 2-1.

In League One, third-placed Millwall stayed five points outside the automatic promotion places thanks to Jason Price's injury-time winner at Crewe Alexandra. It was the Lions' sixth consecutive away win.

Scunthorpe United got their business completed rather more briskly, Gary Hooper scoring twice in the first hour to set up a 3-0 win over visitors Colchester United to retain their play-off place. Two sides hoping to usurp them fared badly. Tranmere Rovers drew 0-0 at Brighton while Oldham Athletic led at Leyton Orient but Scott McGleish's penalty and a late strike by Jason Demetriou saw the Os win 2-1.

News
peoplePair enliven the Emirates bore-draw
Arts and Entertainment
tvPoldark episode 8, review
News
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (R) and Boris Johnson, mayor of London, talk on the Andrew Marr show in London April 26
General electionAndrew Marr forced to intervene as Boris and Miliband clash on TV
Arts and Entertainment
Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones
tvSeries 5, Episode 3 review
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence