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Final Third Development League Digest 06/03/14

6 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 and know that victory at Rotherham United on Monday will see them crowned as East Division champions.

Should Hull slip up, Mansfield Town - who can still secure a league and cup double - will be ready to pounce; the Stags are four points adrift but have a game in hand. Third-placed Rotherham 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.

In the Cup, Group A was concluded this week, although the match between Port Vale and Doncaster Rovers was a dead rubber. Vale came out as 2-0 winners with goals from Gavin Tomlin and Ben Williamson.

There were fixtures this week in Group B or C, 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, while Hartlepool only need a point from their clash with Sheffield Wednesday. Both of those matches take place next week.

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