Wednesday boost promotion hopes

Wednesday boost hopes


Two goals in 13 second-half minutes from Ryan Lowe and Gary Madine set Wednesday on their way and although sixth-placed County pulled a goal back late on through Lloyd Sam it was not enough to deny the Owls.

The victory lifts Wednesday level with local rivals Sheffield United in second spot on 70 points, nine behind leaders Charlton, with both of those sides drawing 1-1 today.

Charlton took a sixth-minute lead at Scunthorpe through Bradley Wright-Phillips but were pegged back by Jon Parkin's 21st-minute penalty, while Sheffield United also surrendered a lead at home to Tranmere.

Ched Evans' 31st-minute effort put the Blades in front but a Lucas Akins equaliser just after the break earned Tranmere a point.

Two of the other sides in the play-off spots were also held to 1-1 away draws, although both Huddersfield and MK Dons needed to come from behind to salvage a point from their fixtures.

Fourth-placed Huddersfield will have breathed a huge sigh of relief to earn a draw at Colchester, who took a third-minute lead through Steven Gillespie and missed a great chance to seal the points when Anthony Wordsworth saw his 88th-minute penalty saved.

Huddersfield then escaped with a point when Colchester defender Magnus Okuonghae headed into his own net deep into injury time.

Fifth-placed MK Dons also had work to do against rock-bottom Chesterfield after falling behind to a fourth-minute Drew Talbot goal, but the visitors equalised 11 minutes into the second half through James O'Shea.

Carlisle, Stevenage and Brentford also dropped points.

Carlisle drew 1-1 at Bournemouth, with the visitors seeing the fourth-minute lead given to them by Lee Miller wiped out by Miles Addison's 83rd-minute equaliser, while Stevenage and Hartlepool shared a 0-0 draw at Victoria Park.

Brentford remain in 10th spot despite being beaten 2-0 at London rivals Leyton Orient, for whom Kevin Lisbie and Jimmy Smith netted before the break.

At the foot of the table, Wycombe and Rochdale were both celebrating welcome wins today thanks to two hat-trick heroes.

Stuart Beavon netted in the fourth, 61st and 70th minutes to help Wycombe claim a 4-1 win at Bury. Paul Hayes also got on the scoresheet for the victors early on, scoring moments after Bury had equalised through Shaun Harrad.

Bury had the chance to level the scores up for a second time in the 52nd minute but Giles Coke missed from the penalty spot and Beavon ensured Wycombe would be going away with the points by netting twice more.

Rochdale striker Michael Symes also got a hat-trick in his side's 3-2 home win over local rivals Oldham, completing his treble from the penalty spot in the 70th minute.

Oldham replied through Shefki Kuqi and Reuben Reid but they could not get back on terms and finished the match with 10 men following James Tarkowski's late sending-off.

In Saturday's other matches, Exeter slipped further into trouble after losing 2-1 at home to Preston, with Iain Hume's brace sandwiching an equaliser from Liam Sercombe, while Yeovil fought back from a goal down to beat Walsall 2-1, Andrew Williams' double cancelling out Sam Mantom's 44th-minute opener.

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