Hull City moved up to fourth in the npower Championship at the weekend after David Stockdale helped his loan side to a 2-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road.
Stockdale played 90 minutes and made a crucial save from Mark Yeates to keep the Tigers ahead, after fellow loanee David Meyler had given them a first-half lead. Robbie Brady doubled the away side’s advantage, before Troy Deeney grabbed a stoppage-time consolation for the Hornets.
A division lower, Marcello Trotta played an influential role in Brentford’s 3-2 triumph over promotion rivals MK Dons at Griffin Park. After Ryan Lowe has given the visitors the lead, Trotta had a goal disallowed for offside before the Bees did equalise through Clayton Donaldson just before half-time.
They fell behind once again, though, on 53 minutes when Stephen Gleeson fired home. But Brentford showed great resilience and were level when Harry Forrester pounced after Trotta’s initial shot had been saved. And the Italian striker was pivotal again for the Bees’ winner when his effort was again pushed away by the visiting keeper, only for Donaldson to smash home the loose ball.
Also in npower League One, Dan Burn played the entirety of Yeovil Town’s goalless draw with Notts County, although the Glovers will be disappointed to have only obtained the one point after dominating proceedings at Huish Park.
Burn actually thought he’d broken the deadlock in the second half when he powerfully headed goalwards, only for County stopper Bartosz Bialkowski to pull off a great save to deny the central defender.
In the same league, Alex Smith came on as a late replacement for former Fulham man Lee Cook as Leyton Orient secured a 2-0 win away at Bury. Veteran striker Kevin Lisbie notched a goal in each half as the O’s claimed an eighth successive victory in all competitions.
In the Blue Square Bet Premier, a first-half onslaught by Lincoln City gave Dartford too big a mountain to climb as they found themselves 4-0 down at the break, courtesy of a Dan Gray strike and Colin Larkin’s hat-trick. Marcus Bettinelli played the entire game and, while the Darts restored some dignity through Harry Crawford’s brace, the deficit proved too great and they remain one place outside the Play-Off places in the Conference.
In the Blue Square Bet South, Jesse Joronen also saw 90 minutes of action as Maidenhead United lost 2-1 to Eastbourne Borough. United had taken the lead through an early Harry Pritchard effort, but two late goals from Elliott Charles and Darren Lok meant Borough went away with the three points.