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16 October 2007 : Football League Review : October 16th 2007
Last night, a highly motivated Luton Town team saw off neighbours Northampton Town at Kenilworth Road, courtesy of Bradley Johnson’s long range strike, veteran Paul Furlong’s fifth goal and Matthew Spring’s double, in the final fixture of a busy four-day-weekend of League One football.

Back on Saturday Swansea City’s clash with AFC Bournemouth also finished 4-1, the rampant South Wales outfit stealing the headlines with another comfortable win which this time was enough to earn them top spot. Bagging no less than eleven goals in the past three games the impressive Swans, who will now face Yeovil in the next round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, grew in confidence throughout the match, and eventually it was former Bournemouth man Warren Feeney who sealed the win with a late brace. By contrast at the losing end the sorry Cherries hit rock bottom, slumping to their seventh defeat this season.

At Whaddon Road, Nottingham Forest, whose new-look squad seems to have finally gelled, continued their prolific vein of form with another thumping 3-0 win, outclassing a shaky Cheltenham Town side, as Kris Commons’ treble put him level with the league’s top scorers.

It was one way traffic between Southend United and Crewe Alexandra as well, the score-line again 3-0, as the Shrimpers bounced back from last week’s home defeat to Tranmere Rovers.

Friday night’s clash between Rovers and rookies Walsall finished in a goalless draw, the home side failing to break down a resilient Saddlers defence, with star midfielder Chris Shuker guilty of wasting a golden chance to get his name on the score-sheet.

Meanwhile a lively contest between two lowly, manager-less clubs saw the Gills’ new signing Chris Dickson snatch the opener. But in the end it was a story of two halves and Alan Dunne pounced on the hour to grab the all-important equaliser for the Lions.

Fellow strugglers Port Vale were dealt yet another blow, going down 1-0 at home to an increasingly bright Brighton side, now unbeaten in 5 (more specifically since the narrow home defeat to a rather familiar green and white army!) Following their shock defeat in the JPT against minnows Morecambe FC on Tuesday, Vale’s misery in the league continued, Revell the man on target for the Seagulls, in front of a deflated crowd of less than 3500.

The Gas were equally unlucky to lose by the narrowest of margins, as Hartlepool United, spurred on by their mid-week demolition of League Two strugglers Lincoln City, this time ground out a hard fought one nil victory at Victoria Park. Elsewhere Doncaster Rovers came out on top in their Yorkshire derby tie against rivals Huddersfield Town, easing the pressure on under-fire manager Sean O’Driscoll.

Despite being dumped out of the JPT last week by Football League newcomers Dagenham & Redbridge, Orient came this close to condemning the Elland Road giants to their first League defeat. On paper the O’s did well to hold a seemingly unstoppable Leeds side to a first home draw, but in reality they no doubt made the long journey back to London full of regrets. Indeed the Eastenders, who showed great spirit to recover from the thrashing they received against Swansea last Saturday, could not help themselves from dropping out of the automatic promotion spots for the first time this season. Referee Nigel Miller, who appeared to be following the orders of the thirty thousand Leeds fanatics, certainly did his utmost to land the Whites with all three points, gifting Carole with a penalty which Kandol carelessly blazed over the crossbar, whilst the linesman in turn turned a blind eye to Ankergren’s goal-line blunder, denying Adam Boyd a seemingly undeniable goal. Miraculously it ended one a piece with Leeds failing to take their chances in a game that the officials were obviously desperate to hand them.

The highlight of the weekend though was of course Yeovil Town’s splendid victory over Kevin Gall and his ambitious Cumbrian team-mates. With the league table gradually falling into shape, it was important that Russell Slade’s men returned to winning ways. Following Lloyd Owusu’s roof-lifting lead, Yeovil moved eight points clear of the relegation zone and remain within three points of new league leaders Swansea.

In the end it was left-back Nathan Jones who secured all three precious points for the Glovers and he did so in fine fashion, curling a glorious free-kick into the roof of the net. Yeovil will take heart from overhauling Carlisle’s lead, and must now take their rallying form into next week’s clash with local rivals Bristol Rovers, who are yet to win at home. Whilst the five teams at the bottom of the table have shown little sign of improving so far, nine teams are currently a single win away from topping the table. The Glovers, who occupy that ninth spot, must now make sure they build on Saturday’s excellent result in order to keep in touch with the top six. Emulating the form of the Forests and the Leeds of the world by getting on a roll is now essential as the fixture list digs deep into October, and with the club beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel on the injury front, the rejuvenated Glovers, who really need to add to their meagre goal difference, will be hoping that the goals now come flooding in, as early as next Saturday at the Memorial Stadium.

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