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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Coca-Cola League One results 30/04/05

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posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 01:30 PM
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Spanish striker Juan Ugarte's fourth hat-trick of the season offered a glimmer of hope to Wrexham in their battle to beat the drop from Coca-Cola League One.
 

Docked 10 points this season by the Football League for going into administration, Denis Smith's side were 4-1 winners at already-doomed Stockport, all the goals coming inside the first half hour. Ugarte's goals, two tidy finishes and a header, came after five, 11 and 29 minutes, with Carlos Edwards also netting for Wrexham, while Stockport replied through Stuart Barlow.

To survive, Wrexham must beat Brentford and Huddersfield in their remaining two matches, while hoping Oldham - one of only two vulnerable teams outside the bottom three - lose the only game they have left - against Bradford next weekend. But the Welsh side also cannot afford Milton Keynes Dons, fourth bottom presently, to beat Tranmere in their last game. Although Wrexham cannot catch Torquay, the Dons can still leapfrog Leroy Rosenior's side.

Danny Wilson's MK Dons beat relegated Peterborough 3-0 at London Road on Saturday, Nicholas Rizzo getting their opener before Izale McLeod netted twice.

Torquay also won and should be safe given their goal difference is eight superior to that of MK Dons, but a heavy defeat at Colchester next week could be costly if Wilson's side were to win by a big margin against Tranmere. Torquay's goals in a 2-0 win against Blackpool came from Adebayo Akinfenwa and Alex Russell either side of half-time.

Oldham were beaten 1-0 at Chesterfield, whose winner came from the head of Ian Evatt in the second half. With Luton and Hull already confirmed as champions and runners-up, the battle continued on Saturday for play-off places. Tranmere, in third place, were assured of their place before Friday night's 1-0 win over Port Vale.

Sheffield Wednesday won 2-1 at Hull to take a grip on fourth place, although they are not yet sure of staying in the top six. Andrew Talbot put Wednesday ahead after 19 minutes, and although Stuart Elliott's penalty levelled the scores after an hour, James Quinn struck the visitors' winner at the KC Stadium in the fourth minute of added time.

Hartlepool lost but dropped only one place to fifth.

Chris Westwood's own goal, tagged to fine strikes from Julian Joachim and Andrew Surman, left Hartlepool three down to Walsall at half-time, and Adam Boyd's 77th-minute penalty could not rally the home side in the closing stages.

Bournemouth are still sixth despite a 4-2 setback at Bradford, where Dean Windass completed a hat-trick in the last minute. Steven Schumacher also scored for the Bantams, who had been pegged back to 2-2 by James Hayter and Matthew Mills goals midway through the second half.

Seventh-placed Brentford lost 4-2 at Luton, despite leading 2-1 going into the closing stages. Sam Sodje and Deon Burton had scored for the Bees, after Luton took an early lead through Ahmet Brkovic, but Kevin Nicholls made it 2-2 with a penalty and Enoch Showunmi put the home side in front in the dying seconds before Steve Robinson struck their fourth. Brentford, whose game in hand comes against Wrexham in midweek, trail Bournemouth on goal difference.

Two points back are Bristol City after a 2-2 draw with Doncaster. Leo Fortune-West scored twice for Rovers, but Steve Brooker did likewise for the home side and Doncaster, who had Ricky Ravenhill sent off, can no longer make the play-offs.

Huddersfield are in the same boat as Bristol City, with a slim chance of extending their season beyond next weekend, after a 4-0 win over Swindon. Pawel Abbott scored twice, with Andy Booth and Rob Edwards also netting. Swindon had Rory Fallon and David Duke sent off in first-half injury-time.

Barnsley and Colchester drew 1-1, with the visitors' Gavin Johnson cancelling out Daniel Nardiello's opener.

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