Harrison Biggins’ header earned Danny Schofield his first win as Doncaster Rovers manager after a 1-0 win over struggling Gillingham. Rovers held on after scoring first in a game for only the fifth time in 21 games this season as Schofield celebrated maximum points in his third game in charge.
Doncaster edged a low-key first half and came closest to the goal when a smooth up-and-down motion involving Kyle Hurst, Ro-Shaun Williams and Kyle Knoyle ended with the left-back James Maxwell at the far post. .
At the start of the second half, former Fleetwood midfielder Biggins hit a 35-yard free kick against the crossbar, while hometown keeper Jonathan Mitchell had to be alert at the other end to prevent a header in loop of Max Ehmer to open the scoring.
Instead, it was Biggins who made the breakthrough on the hour mark when he planted a descending header into the bottom left corner of Glenn Morris eight yards past Knoyle’s right wing cross.
The timid visitors, who have scored just six league goals all season, failed to equalise.
Crawley Town maintained their unbeaten run under caretaker manager Lewis Young with a 1-1 draw at Bradford.
Bradford striker Andy Cook should have scored his 11th league goal of the season in the third minute but missed the far post after Harry Chapman’s long run set him up. But the home side struggled to open a resolute Crawley from then on, who gained confidence as the first half progressed.
Nick Tsaroulla’s shot was driven over the bar by Bradford keeper Harry Lewis and Mazeed Ogungbo widened after Ellery Balcombe’s long clearance found Ashley Nadesan on the break.
Bradford took the lead after 55 minutes when Tyreik Wright slotted Dion Pereira through and the on-loan Luton winger fired his shot at Balcombe. Lewis saved well from Tom Nichols but Crawley was level six minutes later thanks to a well-taken free kick from James Tilley.
Balcombe turned down Bradford substitute Scott Banks and Chapman curled just wide as Crawley saw late pressure to preserve his point.
AFC Wimbledon 3-2 Harrogate Town
Josh Davison’s late goal earned AFC Wimbledon a vital three points with a 3-2 win over struggling Harrogate at Plow Lane.
The home side made the breakthrough five minutes before half-time when Paul Kalambayi’s header from Ethan Chislett’s corner went through a host of bodies and into the back of the net.
However, the visitors equalized early in the second half. Alex Pattison clipped the ball and after Luke Armstrong’s initial shot was saved, Matty Daly was there to exploit the rebound.
The game became scrappy after the equaliser, best summed up by the visitors’ second goal. Rory McArdle’s effort found the back of the net from Jack Muldoon’s corner.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, the hosts were level.
Courtney Senior took advantage of Peter Jameson’s poor attempt to clear the ball, lobbing the keeper from the edge of the box.
Davison fired the winner for the hosts with a powerful effort from just inside the box in the 88th minute.