Carlisle thrash Orient

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Carlisle moved into the League One play-off places with a comfortable 4-1 victory at home to Leyton Orient.

The home side never looked back after taking a first-minute lead through Francois Zoko as Matthew Robson added the second on the half-hour and Tom Taiwo added a third eight minutes before the interval.

James Berrett's 73rd-minute goal wrapped things up before Jamie Cureton scored a consolation to lift Carlisle above Stevenage - in FA Cup action - into sixth.

Tranmere salvaged a point at home to Brentford after finding themselves behind at half-time despite going in front early.

Martin Devaney converted a fourth-minute cross from Jose Baxter, in his final game on loan from Everton, but Gary Alexander equalised before the forward provided the assist for Clayton Donaldson's 32nd-minute goal. However, 10 minutes into the second half Danny Holmes' cross was headed past his own goalkeeper by Harlee Dean.

Hartlepool ended a run of nine straight home defeats as they beat Rochdale 2-0 with late second-half goals from James Brown and Luke James.

Exeter pulled away from the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at bottom side Chesterfield.

Danny Whitaker missed a 73rd-minute penalty for the home side and it proved costly as Richard Logan scored five minutes later and Liam Sercombe added the second late on.

They moved above Walsall who were denied a valuable three points by Steve Fletcher's 90th-minute equaliser for Bournemouth.

Leading through goals from Jon Macken and Andy Butler in the first half the Saddlers conceded a penalty to Michael Symes before Fletcher converted a close-range header.

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