Saturday's League Two reports

Colchester United 4-1 Carlisle United

Kurtis Guthrie scored a hat-trick as Colchester thrashed Carlisle to secure a fifth successive win and move them into the League Two play-off places.

Colchester took an 11th-minute lead through Chris Porter, who headed home Brennan Dickenson's cross from six yards.

Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie parried Craig Slater's shot, while at the other end Charlie Wyke fired wide.

The Cumbrians levelled in the 28th minute when Shaun Brisley's header looped over Sam Walker following Macaulay Gillesphey's cross to the far post.

But five minutes later, Colchester restored their lead when Guthrie curled a delightful shot past Gillespie from the edge of the area after Carlisle had failed to deal with Slater's cross.

Jason Kennedy had an effort ruled out for offside after Walker had foiled both Brisley and Nicky Adams.

But Guthrie blasted home Colchester's third five minutes after the break after Porter had cleverly dummied Slater's delivery.

Guthrie's shot crashed against the crossbar before he completed a fine hat-trick in stoppage-time, tapping home after Gillespie had saved Denny Johnstone's effort.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Hartlepool United 0-1 Grimsby Town

Grimsby's revival under new boss Marcus Bignot gained further momentum with victory at Hartlepool.

The Mariners won at Carlisle last week and their latest win made it 10 points from a possible 12.

Pools had the game's first chance after five minutes as new loan signing Sean Kavanagh rolled a pass across the six-yard area which was just out of reach of skipper Billy Paynter.

The home side should have had a penalty in the 17th minute when Omar Bogle handled in the area, but referee Darren Drysdale was having none of it.

Padraig Amond, who netted 39 times for the Mariners last season before signing for Pools in the summer, took an early chance on the volley but goalkeeper Dean Henderson saved well.

The loanee from Manchester United was safe and sound all afternoon, comfortably dealing with everything thrown at him.

Adi Yussuf, signed last week from Mansfield, netted the only goal after 34 minutes as he latched on to Craig Disley's slide-rule pass and got goal side of the defence to fire low into the bottom corner.

It was the Mariners' only shot on goal.

Pools had plenty of possession but were always let down by their final ball and their best chance came when Paynter had an effort cleared off the line by Shaun Pearson.

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Leyton Orient 1-3 Barnet

Ricardo Santos scored his first Barnet goals as they moved into the League Two play-off places with victory at Leyton Orient.

The Portuguese defender's quick-fire brace put the Bees in control at Brisbane Road before Curtis Weston sealed the points in added time after Paul McCallum had halved the deficit.

Santos, a recent signing from Peterborough, seized on a fumble by O's goalkeeper Alex Cisak to break the deadlock from close range in the 63rd minute and he doubled the advantage three minutes later following good work from Nana Kyei.

McCallum gave the O's a lifeline when he powerfully headed in a Callum Kennedy corner with 10 minutes remaining but Weston guaranteed the three points when he crashed the ball into an empty net after a lob from substitute Jamal Campbell-Ryce rebounded off the crossbar.

Although the teams went into the interval all-square, the visitors should have been well ahead having missed five clear chances, and leading scorer John Akinde was the main culprit for their profligacy.

His best chance came after just four minutes when he stabbed wide from close range with the goal at his mercy.

Fellow striker Simeon Akinola spurned two straight-forward chances set up by Akinde as the home side struggled to contain the Bees' attacking threat.

However, an incisive display after the break deservedly earned the visitors their sixth victory in eight matches.

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Mansfield Town 3-0 Crewe Alexandra

New signing Yoann Arquin ended Mansfield Town's hoodoo of not scoring in the first half at home all season after just five minutes of their 3-0 victory over struggling Crewe.

Ben Whiteman nodded down a Mal Benning cross from the left at the far post and, when Crewe failed to clear, Arquin was on hand to fire the loose ball home from seven yards.

The home debutant might have doubled his tally within three minutes but steered his header over the bar from a Joel Byrom corner.

After Rhys Bennett had sent a good chance into the sidenetting after the break, the Stags went 2-0 up on 48 minutes.

CJ Hamilton's low shot was blocked and the ball ran to Whiteman 18 yards out, whose first-time effort flew through the hands of goalkeeper Ben Garratt.

George Cooper's shot on the turn brought the first real save from Jake Kean in the home goal after 55 minutes.

Bennett then wasted another great chance as he fired wide on the follow-up after Garratt had blocked a low Byrom shot.

Crewe threw everything at the home side, who had one or two scares before Bennett made it safe six minutes from time as he prodded home from close range at the second attempt from a James Baxendale corner.

Crewe have now won just twice in 21 games and fans were calling for boss Steve Davis to go.

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Morecambe 4-1 Notts County

Alan Smith's first game as Notts County manager ended in a heavy defeat as Morecambe produced a superb performance at the Globe Arena.

The former Manchester United man, who took charge following John Sheridan's sacking, could not stop his side crashing to a 10th-straight defeat.

The Shrimps had the perfect start as they took the lead after just two minutes. Lee Molyneux received the ball on the right and cut inside before firing a low left-footed effort that beat Scott Loach low to his right.

The home side continued to be a threat with Molyneux wasting a glorious chance for a second when he skewed a free shot wide before Paul Mullin forced Loach into a fine save with a shot from the edge of the box.

The pressure paid off for the hosts with Mullin adding a second on 27 minutes when he was in the right place at the right time to slot home the loose ball after Loach could only parry a Kevin Ellison cross back into the danger area.

Four minutes later it was 3-0 when the Shrimps were awarded a penalty for a Richard Duffy foul on Mullin, and Michael Rose stepped up to send Loach the wrong way from the spot.

The Magpies were given a lifeline when Morecambe midfielder Andy Fleming received a straight-red card for a tackle on Curtis Thompson on the stroke of half-time.

Despite dominating the possession in the second half, the visitors rarely threatened the Morecambe goal.

Barry Roche produced one superb save to deny Adam Campbell before the visitors pulled one back nine minutes from time with a neat finish by Jonathan Forte from a Jon Stead lay-off.

As the visitors pushed forward the home side added a fourth at the death when Kevin Ellison slotted home the rebound after substitute Luke Jordan hit the woodwork following a fine run and shot.

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Stevenage 3-1 Newport County

Matt Godden scored a hat-trick as Stevenage consigned struggling Newport County to their eighth straight League Two defeat.

The hosts led when Godden fired in from Steve Schumacher's cross and he scored a second just before half-time with a close-range finish.

After the break, Ben Kennedy fouled Sid Nelson and Godden fired from the spot.

Dan Butler scored a consolation for the Exiles late on but it was too late to overturn Stevenage's lead.

The result means Newport County remain bottom of the League Two table and five points from safety, while Stevenage move up two places to 13th.

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