Saturday's League Two reports

Mansfield 1-1 Doncaster

Liam Mandeville rescued a point for League Two leaders Doncaster with a second-half penalty against Mansfield.

Mandeville's effort from the spot, after Mansfield goalkeeper Scott Shearer brought down Tommy Rowe, was Rovers' first shot on target.

Matt Green volleyed the Stags ahead, having earlier escaped punishment after twice clashing with Andy Butler.

After Mandeville levelled, Jordan Houghton went close to winning it for Rovers, hitting the post with a header.

The draw meant Doncaster ended 2016 in third place, with Plymouth and Carlisle climbing above them by virtue of their victories.

Leyton Orient 1-1 Cambridge

Substitute Ollie Palmer salvaged a point for Leyton Orient in stoppage time as they drew with Cambridge United at Brisbane Road.

The visitors had taken a first-half lead through Harrison Dunk and looked set to add to their five successive League Two wins until Palmer's late intervention.

There was little between the two teams in the opening 20 minutes, although the visitors' Luke Berry saw his ninth-minute cross-cum-shot go across the face of the goal with nobody on hand to apply the final touch before the ball ran narrowly wide of the far post.

The deadlock was broken on 21 minutes when full-back Myles Judd blocked a Berry shot in the penalty area and the ball fell to the unmarked Dunk, who had the simplest of chances to tuck the ball into the net.

From that point on the well-organised visitors were seldom asked any serious questions by their lacklustre hosts.

Uche Ikpeazu almost doubled the visitors advantage when his effort brought a good save from home keeper Alex Cisak. The O's shot-stopper was also called into action diving at full stretch to keep out a firm drive by substitute Max Clark.

But Palmer was to have the last word as Cambridge failed to clear the danger and Michael Collins played in the striker, whose shot took a deflection before squeezing under U's keeper Will Norris to give the hosts an unlikely point.

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Crewe 0-1 Accrington

Billy Kee scored the only goal of the game as Accrington recorded a first League Two win in 11 matches at Crewe.

A mix-up involving Alex goalkeeper Ben Garratt and defender Harry Davis saw the ball squirm over the line from Kee's header.

Crewe pushed for an equaliser but could not find a way through as Stanley moved to within three points of their opponents.

Shay McCarten was Accrington's danger man in the early stages, hitting the side-netting, sending a volley inches over and seeing a free-kick tipped away by Garratt.

Alex Kiwomya had a half-chance for Crewe just before Kee's goal, while George Cooper brought a decent save from Aaron Chapman early in the second half.

The home side spurned two gilt-edged chances to level as substitute Callum Ainley forced Chapman into another fine stop before Cooper slammed the loose ball into the side-netting.

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Grimsby Town 0-0 Blackpool

Grimsby Town and Blackpool did little for their respective League Two play-off hopes as they played out a goalless draw at Blundell Park.

Both sides have taken four points over the festive period after a contest in which chances were few and far between.

Ahead of kick-off, there were two changes in the Grimsby ranks as Zak Mills and Dominic Vose both returned, while Mark Cullen retained his place for Blackpool.

After 20 minutes Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson came to the home side's rescue as the goalkeeper pulled off a fine save to deny Kyle Vassell after an incisive Blackpool break.

At the other end, a curling free-kick from Danny Andrew went just wide, before Omar Bogle saw his tame attempt saved by Sam Slocombe.

After the interval, another fantastic save from Henderson - again from Vassell - kept it level, though he should have been beaten on 58 minutes.

Blackpool forward Mark Cullen could only glance wide when presented with a guilt-edged chance inside the six-yard box.

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Luton Town 3-1 Barnet

Luton Town deservedly ended 2016 with a home victory after seeing off Barnet at Kenilworth Road.

The hosts were inches away from an early lead as Jordan Cook's effort deflected narrowly wide, while Barnet's Jack Taylor saw his volley stopped by Christian Walton.

The Hatters went ahead after 31 minutes when Alan Sheehan curled a stunning free kick into the top corner from 25 yards out.

However, Barnet levelled six minutes later when Taylor's cross-shot was nodded home by Bira Dembele with the home defence screaming for offside.

Danny Hylton went close to a second twice before the break, his fierce effort requiring a sharp stop from Jamie Stephens, and then hooking just over, while Cameron McGeehan scooped off target from a yard out.

In the second period, Jonathan Smith only just missed the bottom corner, before two goals in the space of seven minutes gave Luton complete control.

McGeehan notched his 11th of the season with a wonderful volley four minutes after the restart, before Alex Gilliead rifled home from 25 yards on 56 minutes to make it 3-1.

Barnet tried to mount a comeback as Michael Nelson headed just over and Sam Muggleton's free-kick went close, but the Hatters held on.

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Newport County 1-4 Exeter City

Ollie Watkins' hat-trick helped Exeter City seize all three points in a comfortable win for Exeter City, which left Newport County five points adrift at the bottom of League Two.

Watkins struck either side of the break and late on while David Wheeler tapped home on 53 minutes for the Grecians.

Sean Rigg's late header proved a mere consolation for the struggling Exiles.

The win moved the visitors up to 11th, but leaves Newport County bottom of the table and five points from safety.

Notts County 2-3 Carlisle United

Jason Kennedy snatched victory for Carlisle as Keith Curle's side secured a thrilling win at Notts County and maintained their promotion push in League Two.

Notts had made a bright start, but it was the visitors who took the lead when Charlie Wyke headed in from close range after Notts failed to deal with a Nicky Adams corner.

Michael Raynes went close to adding a second, but Notts levelled on the half-hour mark when Jon Stead produced a brilliant header from Michael O'Connor's free-kick.

Notts then made it 2-1 when Jonathan Forte dispossessed a Shaun Brisley before firing beyond Mark Gillespie via the inside of the post six minutes before the break.

But in an entertaining first half, Carlisle equalised when Adams was afforded too much space on the left and his cross was headed in emphatically by an unchallenged Jabo Ibehre.

Both sides went in search of a decisive third goal and it was Carlisle who almost made the breakthrough when Ibehre forced a stunning save from Scott Loach.

Notts had their moments too and Rob Milsom should have done better when he was unmarked at the back post, but he tamely volleyed into the ground and into the arms of Gillespie.

It was then left to Kennedy to snatch the decisive goal when he flicked in Tom Miller's long throw to leave Notts County one place and one point above the relegation places.

Billy Kee scored the only goal of the game as Accrington recorded a first League Two win in 11 matches at Crewe.

A mix-up involving Alex goalkeeper Ben Garratt and defender Harry Davis saw the ball squirm over the line from Kee's header.

Crewe pushed for an equaliser but could not find a way through as Stanley moved to within three points of their opponents.

Shay McCarten was Accrington's danger man in the early stages, hitting the side-netting, sending a volley inches over and seeing a free-kick tipped away by Garratt.

Alex Kiwomya had a half-chance for Crewe just before Kee's goal, while George Cooper brought a decent save from Aaron Chapman early in the second half.

The home side spurned two gilt-edged chances to level as substitute Callum Ainley forced Chapman into another fine stop before Cooper slammed the loose ball into the side-netting.

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Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Crawley Town

Second-half goals from Oscar Threlkeld and substitute Craig Tanner were enough for Plymouth to beat Crawley and move back to the top of League Two.

James Collins had the best chance of the first half, dinking over for the visitors when through one-on-one.

The Pilgrims went ahead when David Fox's cross was not suitably cleared and fell to Threlkeld to finish.

Crawley's Jordan Roberts forced Luke McCormick into a diving save, but Tanner netted on the counter late on.

Doncaster's draw at Mansfield means Argyle are now two points clear at the summit and six games unbeaten, while Dermot Drummy's side drop to 15th.

Stevenage 2-4 Colchester United

Colchester United moved up to ninth in League Two with a victory at Stevenage, courtesy of two late goals.

The visitors made the perfect start after Brennan Dickenson powered home a header from an Owen Garvan corner.

And it was 2-0 four minutes later, as Kurtis Guthrie scored from the penalty spot after being brought down by Stevenage goalkeeper Jamie Jones.

But Stevenage fought back with goals either side of the interval, Ben Kennedy finishing off a Steven Schumacher free-kick before Matt Godden broke clear to pick his spot and make it 2-2 on 50 minutes.

But with 10 minutes left Chris Porter stabbed the ball home from close range to put the visitors back in front.

And then in time added on, Porter found on-loan Reading midfielder Tarique Fosu-Henry who drilled the ball past a helpless Jones to seal the victory for the U's and keep them in the hunt for a play-off spot.

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