Marcello Trotta scored his second goal in as many games as Brentford beat Stevenage 2-0 on Tuesday night to maintain their position in the npower League One Play-Off places.
Tom Adeyemi fired the Bees in front just before the interval, before Trotta grabbed his sixth goal for his temporary side in style. Having entered the action as a 63rd-minute substitute, the Italian striker played a one-two in the closing stages before bending a sumptuous curling effort beyond the Stevenage stopper to make the points safe.
Just behind Brentford in the table remain Yeovil Town and Dan Burn, who continued their assault on League One with a seventh consecutive victory following their 3-1 triumph over Preston North End.
Once again, Burn played the full 90 minutes as the Glovers hit a trio of late goals to keep their incredible run going – they’re now just three points behind Doncaster Rovers in the automatic promotion places. Strikes from James Hayter, Nathan Ralph and Paddy Madden cancelled out Chris Beardsley’s first-half strike for North End.
Meanwhile, Hull City and David Stockdale went second in the npower Championship after beating Derby County 2-1 at the KC Stadium.
Mohamed Gedo had given the home side the lead just minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute, although Jamie Ward looked set to earn the Rams a point when he netted beyond Stockdale on 84 minutes after the on-loan keeper was unable to hold Craig Bryson’s cross. Just three minutes later, though, Ahmed Elmohamady headed home to secure maximum points for Steve Bruce’s side.
In the Blue Square Bet Premier, Marcus Bettinelli kept a clean sheet as Dartford secured a decent 1-0 victory over Luton Town – a result which moves them level on points with the Hatters. Bettinelli was on hand to make several smart saves throughout the contest as Ryan Hayes’ effort ensured the victory.
In the same division, Richard Peniket grabbed his first goal for AFC Telford, but it was in vain as they were defeated 3-1 at home by Hyde. Matthew Blinkhorn gave the away side the lead in the first half, before Scott Spencer doubled the advantage on the hour mark. Peniket replied with a header four minutes after coming on as a substitute, but a Phil Jevons penalty meant Telford continue to occupy the final relegation place.
James Musa saw another 90 minutes of Conference action as Hereford United were beaten 1-0 at home by promotion-chasing Wrexham. Jay Harris’ deflected free-kick just after the half-hour mark secured victory for the Welsh side.