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Final Third Development League Digest 20/03/14

20 March 2014

Mansfield Town this week reached the final of the Final Third Development League Cup after a narrow 3-2 win over Leicester City in a thrilling encounter at the King Power Stadium.

Playing at the home of the Foxes' first team, a strong Stags side raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Chris Clements and Colin Daniel.

The hosts fought back though; Marcel Barrington first pulling a goal back before efforts from George Taft and Michael Cain failed to draw Leicester level by the break.

Lindon Meikle had a glorious chance to restore the visitors' two-goal lead but he couldn't quite reach the ball from Jake Speight's cut-back.

Harry Panayioutou soon punished that miss, showing great skill and composure to make it 2-2 with under 30 minutes to go.

However, there was one final sting in the tail as Meikle this time fed Speight, who slotted the ball into the corner of the net to give Mansfield a memorable victory and a place in the final.

They'll now face the winner of the other Semi-Final, to be contested between Wigan Athletic and Hartlepool United.

There were also plenty of goals in the West Division of the League this week, with 11 goals scored over three matches as Wigan Athletic's title chances were dramatically boosted.

The Latics ran out 3-0 winners at home to Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday through second-half strikes from Tim Chow, Ryan Jennings and Guillermo Andres.

Wigan's lead at the top of the East Division was extended to four points as a result of that victory, with second-placed Walsall suffering a surprise 4-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic on the same afternoon.

Rhys Turner's hat-trick inspired Oldham to that comprehensive triumph, with George Edmonson grabbing the other to lift the north west club up to fifth.

Port Vale had beaten Morecambe 3-0 on Monday. A Jordan Hugill brace and one from Dominic Dell lifted Vale up one place to third, two points behind Walsall and six adrift of Wigan with three games left.

Morecambe slipped to sixth, behind Oldham, as Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers remain seventh and eighth respectively.

Wigan can now win the title if they pick up four points from their remaining two games, or could even be crowned champions in their next game should they be victorious and Port Vale fail to win.

In the West Division, already won by Hull City, Doncaster Rovers triumphed 4-0 at Scunthorpe United in their final match of the season.

Theo Robinson's effort separated the sides at half-time, before goals from Lewis Ferguson, Chris Winchop and a second from Robinson inside the first 10 minutes of the second half sealed all three points at Glanford Park.

Scunthorpe will finish the season bottom, on 10 points, with Doncaster in third for the time being.

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