League 1 round-up 27th January 2007 (Part Two)

Last updated : 28 January 2007 By The Seasider

The Alexandra Stadium - Sat 27 January 2007

Crewe 0
Leyton Orient 4 (Chambers 45, Corden 51, Ibehre 67, Tudor 83)

Attendance 5,280

Leyton Orient picked up their first win in eight games when they thrashed Crewe 4-0 at the Alexandra Stadium.

Sharp finishing in the second half from the O's punished some terrible defending and glaring mistakes from home keeper Ben Williams.

Martin Ling's side dominated for long periods but had not looked like scoring when Justin Miller's snapshot was spilled by Williams allowing Adam Chambers an easy close-range finish a minute before half time.

And when Gary Alexander hit a perfectly weighted cross over the six yard box for Wayne Corden to deposit home at the far post with a first time finish the game was almost over.

Crewe had been absolutely dreadful despite some decent recent form and the closest they had gone in the first 45 was when Ryan Lowe curled a free kick just wide in stoppage time.

Dario Gradi threw on Michael Higdon and Lee Matthews in place of Rodney Jack and David Vaughan but it made little difference for The Railwaymen and there was more comical defending to come as the Londoners were gifted their third goal in the 67th minute.

Julien Baudet and Williams hesitated dealing with a high ball and Jabo Ibehre was left with the opportunity to walk the ball in after the two Crewe men had collided with each other.

Matthew Lockwood flicked the crossbar with a delightful 20-yard lob as Ling's men finished with all guns blazing.

Crewe were in disarray by the time Shane Tudor overlapped down the right and tucked in a low shot inside the near post with keeper Williams again failing to get anywhere near it.

Matthews headed a free kick past the far post and Lowe flashed an effort wide as Crewe mounted a late response, but it was too little too late as they were well beaten by a better organised side.

Keepmoat Stadium - Sat 27 January 2007

Doncaster 3 (Heffernan 12, 59, Lee 47)
Rotherham 2 (Partridge 10, Woods 71)

Attendance 12,126

Two goals from top scorer Paul Heffernan helped Doncaster come out on top in a typically hard fought South Yorkshire derby clash.

Rotherham struck first with a goal out of the blue but Doncaster always looked the better side and could have won by a much wider margin.

Ritchie Partridge fired home to send the visiting fans wild with delight in the tenth minute with a spectacular volley after Rovers had given the ball away in midfield.

But the basement strugglers could not hang on to their lead and their joy was short lived when Rovers levelled the scores within two minutes.

James Coppinger dribbled through on the left and when his cross came over Jonathan Forte saw his shot blocked but Heffernan reacted quickest when the ball rose in the air to head home in opportunist style.

Rovers had the upper hand after that but tried too hard to force the play at times and were unable to cash in on their superiority.

Jason Price sent a glancing header just wide and Coppinger missed by inches before visiting keeper Neil Cutler produced a brilliant one-handed save to deny Price again.

Paul Green had a header cleared off the line from the resulting corner but Doncaster did not have long to wait before snatching the lead in the second half.

Brian Stock sent over a corner which hung in the air and Graeme Lee charged in to plant a towering header into the roof of the net.

Price fired home soon after only to have the effort disallowed for offside but there was no mistake when Heffernan made it 3-1 in the 59th minute when he hammered home his 14th goal of the season.

Doncaster were well on top at that stage and should have gone on to score more but it was Rotherham who pulled one back against the run of play in the 71st minute.

Martin Woods picked up a loose ball on the right and cut inside to hit a magnificent left-foot shot just inside the post.

It strung Rovers into action and Heffernan was mysteriously denied a hat-trick when he fired home in the 72nd minute only to have the effort disallowed.

Coppinger hit the post in the 87th minute and Forte was inches away from adding a fourth as Rovers finished well on top.

The Galpharm Stadium - Sat 27 January 2007

Huddersfield 1 (Young 53)
Chesterfield 1 (Holmes 23)

Attendance 9,872

Matthew Young scored his first goal for Huddersfield Town but Chesterfield deserved a point as they bid to secure their League One future without goal ace Caleb Folan.

The Spireites sold Folan to Premiership Wigan for £500,000 on Friday and boss Roy McFarland played a 4-5-1 formation which Huddersfield could not handle in the first half.

With just Paul Shaw up front, the visitors packed the midfield and dominated play.

Peter Holmes, a January signing from Luton, grabbed the opening goal in the 23rd minute.

Huddersfield levelled eight minutes into the second half as manager Peter Jackson switched his formation and the home side had enough chances to win the game.

Chesterfield skipper Mark Allott was sent off a minute from time for a second bookable offence when he brought down Danny Schofield just outside the box.

The Spireites controlled the first half and almost went ahead in the ninth minute when lone striker Paul Shaw beat keeper Matt Glennon to the ball and set up Derek Niven whose effort was cleared off the line by David Mirfin.

Adam Smith hooked an overhead kick over the top before the visitors took the lead through Holmes in the 23rd minute.

Kyle Critchell, making his debut after moving from Southampton, crossed from the right and Holmes, one of two unmarked players, headed home unchallenged.

Huddersfield hit back with half-chances and Luke Beckett's snap-shot was simple for Michael Jordan before Chris Brandon skied a wayward strike.

Michael Collins side-footed a shot aimed at the top corner just over and Beckett should have levelled two minutes before the break.

Shaw's loose pass back towards his own goal fell nicely for Beckett who turned away from his marker but sliced his left-footer into the advertising hoardings.

Huddersfield captain Jon Worthington, who has been struggling with a groin injury, was substituted at half-time and replaced by Young, who injected some urgency into the home side's play.

Beckett went close just into the second half but his volley was weak and then Young, proving a real handful, picked his spot after Gary Taylor-Fletcher set up the opportunity.

Brandon's back post volley flashed across the face of goal before Jordan's half-clearance fell for Young whose acrobatic effort from 25 yards was only a fraction too high.

Colin Larkin was introduced to add more goal threat for the visitors and he almost scored with his first touch but Glennon tipped his header over the bar.

Brandon, against his former club, gave the ball away to Shaw who set up Niven but he rolled his shot wide when clean through.

Beckett had a header cleared off the line by Holmes but both sides seemed happy to share the spoils.

Glanford Park - Sat 27 January 2007

Scunthorpe 3 (Goodwin 50, Crosby 53 pen, Beckford 79)
Millwall 0

Attendance 5,001

Injury hit Scunthorpe produced a storming second-half performance to move three points clear at the top of League One.

Missing half a team through injuries and suspensions, the home side struggled to get going in the early stages on a difficult playing surface.

New loan signing Jermaine Beckford from Leeds might twice have given them the lead.

When he broke free into the box his first shot was kept out by goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley, and his follow-up effort was cleared off the line by Danny Senda.

Leading marksman Billy Sharp also forced a good save from Pidgeley with a deflected shot.

It was not until five minutes into the second half that Scunthorpe finally went in front, with midfield man Jim Goodwin applying the finishing touch from close range to a cross from Cleveland Taylor.

Three minutes later skipper Andy Crosby made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Sharp had been brought down in the box by centre-back Paul Robinson.

Millwall struggled to offer much threat as an attacking force but twice brought the best out of Scunthorpe goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

First winger Tom Brighton saw a good effort turned away at the near post and then substitute Chris Zebroski also saw a cracking drive turned behind.

Scunthorpe grew in confidence throughout the second half, with fullback Dave Mulligan clipping the underside of the bar with a free kick from the edge of the box.

Beckford finally completed the scoring in the 79th minute with a simple tap home from a cross by Neil Mackenzie.