MK Dons weren’t in Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday but seven matches did take place in the division, three of which Dons supporters will have had their eye on.
Mansfield Town went into the weekend two points behind the Dons in third place and they remain two points adrift following their fruitless trip to Carlisle United. David Flitcroft’s side were beaten 3-2 in Cumbria - only their second league defeat of the campaign. The Stags drop to fourth in the table as a result of their loss while Carlisle, who now boast a six-game winning run, have moved up to fifth.
Replacing Mansfield in third are Bury, who edged past Yeovil Town at Huish Park. Nicky Maynard’s 10th goal of the season earned the Shakers a 1-0 victory which moves them into the automatic promotion places and a point behind the Dons, who they welcome to The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane next weekend - it’s worth noting Paul Tisdale’s side hold two games in hand on their promotion rivals.
The only other top-seven side in action on Saturday were Colchester United, who shared the spoils in a six-goal thriller with Notts County. Five goals were scored during the first half, with Harry Pell’s 67th-minute spot-kick the only finish after the break. The U’s remain a place outside the play-off spots but they are now level on points with Forest Green Rovers and Exeter City. County remain bottom of the table but do gain ground on the aforementioned Yeovil, who sit three points clear above the red line.
Stevenage were unable to make ground on the play-off places as they were defeated by Cambridge United at The Abbey Stadium. Cambridge responded brilliantly to their defeat at Stadium MK to climb a place to 21st in the table and move five points clear of the relegation places. Boro stay 11th and are seven points behind seventh-placed Exeter City.
Coming up behind Stevenage are Swindon Town, who rose to 12th in the table courtesy of a 2-1 success away at Macclesfield Town. The Robins came from behind to defeat the Silkmen, with their winning goal coming in the second minute of stoppage time. Macclesfield, who looked on course for a crucial home point, stay 23rd and are three points adrift of safety.
Elsewhere in Sky Bet League Two, Morecambe and Crewe Alexandra drew 2-2 in a dramatic affair at the Globe Arena. Kevin Ellison looked to have won the game for the Shrimpers with an 84th-minute volley but Chris Porter netted a penalty deep into stoppage time to earn his side a point. Despite their late leveller, Crewe fall to 16th while Morecambe stay 20th.
Climbing above Crewe on Saturday were Crawley Town who beat Cheltenham Town 1-0 at The People’s Pension Stadium. The Red Devils are now 15th in the division with Cheltenham three places below them in 18th.