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Final Third Development League digest 22

15 March 2015

A  Jonathon  Margetts-inspired  comeback  for  Hull  City  against  Scunthorpe  United  was  the  highlight  of  a busy week of action, with 10 Final Third Development League and Cup games taking place.

Final Third Development League - East Division

East Division leaders Hull launched a superb fightback to defeat Scunthorpe on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Iron were looking strong thanks to first-half goals from Jack Dyche and Noel Burdett, but the prolific Jonathon Margetts hit back with three of his own in the second period  - his third successive hat-trick in the 
competition - handing the Tigers a 3-2 win.

Doncaster remained in touch with Hull towards the top of the table, but they had to hold off a late Mansfield charge for a 3-2 win of their own.

Lewis  Ferguson  and  Joseph  Pugh  fired  Rovers  into  a  2-0  half-time  lead,  and  they  extended  their advantage through Alex Head early in the second period. A Matt Rhead penalty and a Billy Bingham effort 
made it a nervy ending, but the hosts held on.

Elsewhere,  Hartlepool  United  defeated  north-east  rivals  Gateshead,  with  Justin  Laird  grabbing  the  only goal of the game, and Burton Albion and Rotherham shared the spoils on Monday afternoon.

Jordan Bowery had put the Millers in front, but the hosts fought back courtesy of a Marcus Harness strike.

Final Third Development League - West Division

Wigan Athletic were the big winners this week, easing to a 4-0 win at home to Shrewsbury Town.

The game was all but over after 20 minutes, with the Latics racing into a three-goal lead. Martyn Waghorn, Leon Barnett and Louis Robles did the early damage, and the win was capped off in the dying minutes 
when Tim Chow tapped in.

Port  Vale  kept  up  the  pressure  on  Wigan  with  a  2-1  win  against  Tranmere  Rovers.  The  Valiants  went behind to a Tolani Omotola goal, but Ryan Lloyd’s penalty squared things up before Brian Barton sealed the points.

Morecambe grabbed three points at Walsall, a result which saw them leapfrog the Saddlers in the division. 

Alex Kenyon and Josh Bowden were on target for the Shrimps.

Final Third Development League - South Division 

League leaders Luton slipped to their second defeat of the campaign, at home to Cambridge on Tuesday.

Sullay  Kaikai  put  the  visitors  in  front,  before  Dominic  Ball’s  comical  own  goal  brought  the  sides  level. 

However, the U’s restored their lead through James Akintunde, and saw the game out to win 2-1.

Second-placed AFC Wimbledon also lost this week, coming unstuck at Peterborough United. 

Harry Beautyman slid the hosts 1-0 up and Harry Anderson extended the lead with two goals to complete a comfortable 3-0 win for the Posh.

Final Third Development Cup – South Group B

Plymouth  Argyle  recorded  a  3-1  victory  at  Bristol  City,  leaving  them  needing  just  a  point  to  ensure qualification for the knock-out stages of the Cup.

The Robins  went ahead  from the penalty spot, but Jason Banton levelled before half-time after reacting quickest to a rebound. Ryan Brunt gave  then  the visitors the lead, and Banton bagged his second of the 
game 15 minutes from time to round off the win.

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