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Final Third Development Digest

7 March 2014

This week's Final Third Development League action was dominated by the West Division with all eight teams involved.

There was also one match in the East Division, where leaders Hull City beat Hartlepool United 5-2 thanks to two goals apiece from Matthew Fletcher and Conor Henderson. That victory tightened the Tigers' grip at the top of the table; they now lead the division by four
points with one match left to play. Those three points have ensured that it is now a two-horse race for the title, with Mansfield Town the other team in contention.

The Stags, who can still secure a league and cup double, have only played seven matches so have two games in hand over Hull and could yet usurp them as league leaders. Thirdplaced Rotherham United are four points further back, followed by Hartlepool United,
Doncaster Rovers and Scunthorpe United.

In the West, Wigan Athletic and Walsall moved clear of the chasing pack although there are still a few games left to play for all teams.

Wigan, also on course for a double, were 2-0 winners over third-placed Wrexham with goals from Michael Wilson and Ryan Jennings. Liam Kinsella scored a first-half penalty as Walsall triumphed 1-0 at home to Morecambe. The Latics remain top, on 22 points, with the
Saddlers on 21 points but having played a game more.

That defeat for Wrexham leaves them four points behind Walsall. Port Vale drew 1-1 with Oldham Athletic to leave them in fourth and sixth respectively, with Morecambe separating the two. Second-bottom Shrewsbury Town contested a 2-2 draw with bottom side Tranmere Rovers.

As a consequence of all those results, three wins in their final four matches for Wigan will be enough to see them crowned West Division champions.

There were no Cup fixtures this week, meaning that Leicester City and Mansfield are still waiting to find out who will join them in the Semi-Finals. Wigan and Morecambe can both make the last four when they meet in Group C, while Hartlepool only need a point from their clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

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