League One: Ipswich held and Plymouth beaten in boost for chasing pack | Ipswich Town

Ipswich missed the chance to go top of League One after conceding an equaliser to Fleetwood in the sixth minute of added time at Portman Road. The Tractor Boys stay second behind Plymouth, who lost 2-0 at home to Port Vale.

The league leaders suffered their first home league defeat of the season courtesy of second-half goals from Tom Conlon and James Wilson, which lifted Port Vale up to ninth. Ipswich led from the second minute when Luke Woolfenden struck, but were denied victory by Cian Hayes’ equaliser deep into added time.

There was still time for Fleetwood’s Josh Earl to be shown a red card before the final whistle confirmed a result that, combined with Plymouth’s defeat, gives hope to the chasing pack. Third-placed Sheffield Wednesday visit Derby in a Saturday lunchtime game while Barnsley are up to fourth after they won 2-1 at Peterborough.

Luca Connell’s opener for the visitors at London Road was cancelled out by Jack Taylor’s 21st-minute header, but Adam Phillips scored Barnsley’s second-half winner as they climbed above Posh in the table. Dion Charles scored in stoppage time to earn Bolton a point at Bristol Rovers, who led through Josh Coburn’s early goal.

Alfie May’s 84th-minute goal gave Cheltenham a 1-0 victory in a mid-table battle at Charlton, while Morecambe’s winless run extended to a sixth match after a 1-1 draw at home to Exeter. Cole Stockton’s 34th-minute goal was cancelled out by Joshua Key just two minutes later to leave the Shrimps five points from safety.

Luca Connell (centre) celebrates after scoring for Barnsley at Peterborough.
Luca Connell (centre) celebrates after scoring for Barnsley at Peterborough. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

In League Two, Stevenage closed to within two points of leaders Leyton Orient with a 5-0 home win over fellow promotion chasers Barrow. Jake Reeves fired the hosts in front from distance after 18 minutes and Jamie Reid doubled their advantage five minutes into the second half.

Dan Sweeney nodded in a corner to make it three at the Lamex Stadium, before Luke Norris converted from the spot and Tyrell Warren’s late own goal thoroughly buried Barrow, who remain in fourth place but are now nine points behind Steve Evans’ side.

Walsall climbed to eighth with a 2-0 victory at Doncaster thanks to second half goals from Tom Knowles and Danny Johnson, while Newport produced a dramatic comeback to beat Crewe, with Offrande Zanzala getting the 85th-minute winner.

Birmingham takeover bid breaks down

Paul Richardson has said he is “gutted” after his takeover bid for Birmingham City collapsed. Businessman Richardson and his partner, the former Barcelona player Maxi Lopez, had been in talks with the current owners for five months.

After extensive due diligence, Richardson accepted it was not possible to continue. Maxco Capital, the company backing the duo, issued a statement saying it had been left with “no alternative. [We] are bitterly disappointed as we know what this club means to the community and the very loyal fanbase.”

“The club means a lot to me and I am gutted that we have not been able to complete the deal,” Richardson told Birmingham Live. “I feel for the loyal staff and supporters, as I have been a Blues fan since I was a young lad.”

FA Cup: Chesterfield and Wrexham lead non-league push into third round | FA Cup

Non-league Chesterfield pulled off a shock 2-0 win at AFC Wimbledon to book their place in the FA Cup third round.

Armando Dobra put the National League high-flyers in front just before half-time and Jeff King’s long-range effort with 15 minutes left made sure of the upset against the League Two Dons.

Paul Mullin scored a hat-trick as National League leaders Wrexham defeated Farnborough 4-1 at the Racecourse Ground. Mullin headed the Dragons in front from a corner early in the second half, but the National League South visitors were level just after the hour through a free-kick from Oli Pendlebury. Elliot Lee put Wrexham back in front with 12 minutes left before Mullin added two more late on to complete his treble.

Forest Green Rovers ended seventh-tier Alvechurch’s hopes of a money-spinning tie in the third round with a 2-1 win. Former Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham put Rovers, who are bottom of League One, ahead from the penalty spot in the 24th minute. Alvechurch – who play in Southern League Premier Central Division and were the lowest-ranked team left in the competition – equalised three minutes into the second half through Jediah Yeboah Abbey’s free-kick.

However, Josh March put the League One side back in front just two minutes later, scoring against his former club. Forest Green finished the match with 10 men after defender Dom Bernard was sent off for a second yellow card after grabbing Danny Waldron’s shirt as the Church striker looked to break clear.

Connor Wickham celebrates with his Forest Green teammates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot.
Connor Wickham celebrates with his Forest Green teammates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot. Photograph: Graham Hunt/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

King’s Lynn, second-placed in the National League North, were beaten 3-0 at home by League Two Stevenage. Three goals in five minutes at the start of the second half, with Luke Norris scoring a quickfire brace before Jamie Reid’s strike, ended the Linnets’ hopes of further progress.

National League Barnet’s cup dreams were ended with a 1-0 defeat at Accrington through a late goal from Ethan Hamilton. Otis Khan hit a last-minute winner as League Two Grimsby stunned Cambridge 2-1 at the Abbey Stadium. Khan had put the visitors ahead on the hour, but Sam Smith nodded in a equaliser before the Mariners frontman struck a late second to send the League One Us crashing out.

Myles Hippolyte headed a stoppage-time equaliser as League Two Stockport snatched a 2-2 draw at Charlton to earn a replay. Chris Hussey had given County an early lead but the Addicks led by half-time, Steven Sessegnon’s cross diverted into his own net by keeper Ben Hinchcliffe before Albie Morgan made it 2-1.

Goals from Devante Cole, Adam Phillips and a Josh Benson penalty gave Barnsley victory against League Two Crewe 3-0 at Oakwell. A brace from Josh Umerah helped Hartlepool beat 10-man Harrogate 3-1 at Victoria Park. Town defender Joe Mattock was sent off at the end of the first half for a foul on Umerah, who slotted in the resulting spot-kick.

Billy Bodin grabbed two goals in the closing stages as Oxford beat League One rivals Exeter 4-1 at the Kassam Stadium.

Walsall came from behind to beat Carlisle 2-1 with an 88th-minute Andy Williams equaliser and a stoppage-time goal from fellow substitute Douglas James-Taylor.

Sheffield Wednesday substitute Michael Smith hit two goals in six minutes in a 2-1 comeback win over League Two Mansfield at Hillsborough, while Shrewsbury beat Peterborough 3-1 to also book a place in Monday’s draw.

Colby Bishop scored twice from the penalty spot as Portsmouth came from behind to beat MK Dons 3-2 at Fratton Park.

In Saturday’s late kick-off, National League Dagenham were denied another upset when Scott Kashket scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Gillingham at the Chigwell Construction Stadium after Josh Walker had put the hosts in front with just 10 minutes left.