League Two round-up: Lopez runs riot after a blast from boss Davids


Barnet player-coach Edgar Davids revealed a half-time dressing down of Daniel Lopez inspired the striker to a hat-trick that saw off Morecambe in fine style 3-1.

Lopez's treble, in addition to their goal from Luke Gambin, more than cancelled out Morecambe's first-half opener from Jack Redshaw.

German might: Gillingham's Antonio German celebrates his goal

German might: Gillingham's Antonio German celebrates his goal

And Davids was delighted with his side's turnaround, in particular his Spanish hat-trick hero.

'This game has set a benchmark for us of how far we have grown up to now,' he said.

'I was pleased with Dani Lopez in the second half, but not in the first. He came too deep in midfield, he caused more trouble than helped and the link-ups were not tidy.

'There were words exchanged at half-time, but you see with Lopez he can just pull a rabbit out of the hat all of a sudden.'

Gary Rowett saluted his Burton promotion hopefuls as they beat rivals Cheltenham 3-1 to chalk up club record ninth successive home win.

Firing home: Gillingham's Antonio German (left) and Plymouth's Guy Branston tussle

Firing home: Gillingham's Antonio German (left) and Plymouth's Guy Branston tussle

Alex MacDonald and Robbie Weir (two) did the damage as Albion moved back into the automatic promotion places.

The Burton boss said: 'To get nine home wins in a row is a fantastic achievement.

'I think we've showed against a really strong Cheltenham side that we have a squad as good as any in this league.'

Southend gave their absent manager Paul Sturrock a tonic with a terrific 2-1 win at second-placed Port Vale to breathe new life into their play-off challenge.

Sturrock stayed at home because of an infection in his leg, but his assistant Graham Coughlan refused to take any credit for three important points, which came courtesy of strikes from Sean Clohessy and Britt Assombalonga.

Coughlan said: 'It's all down to the players and I'm very proud of them. All I did was stand there. They are a great set of lads who work their socks off every day and I can't praise them enough.'

Rochdale's emphatic 4-1 win over Wycombe at Spotland finally delivered the performance Keith Hill had been looking for since returning as manager in January.

'It was definitely a deserved three points,' said Hill.

'That is the type of performance I have been searching for and have been led to believe the players are capable of achieving.'

Gillingham moved five points clear at the top of npower League Two with a 2-1 win over bottom side Plymouth.

Antonio German and Chris Whelpdale put the Gills two goals to the good before Jason Banton pulled one back for Argyle.

Torquay slipped closer to the relegation zone as they went down 3-1 at home to Oxford. James Constable and a Damian Batt penalty put the visitors 2-0 up.

Aaron Downes gave Torquay hope but Simon Heslop's late strike sealed the win.

Accrington could not take advantage of Torquay's defeat as goals from Chris Hackett and Roy O'Donovan saw them beaten 2-0 at fourth-placed Northampton.

Fleetwood and Exeter played out a goalless draw while James O'Shea and Armand Gnanduillet gave Chesterfield a 2-0 success over Bristol Rovers.

Substitute Alan Connell scored a last-gasp penalty to earn Bradford a 1-1 draw against Aldershot, Kieron Cadogan had put the visitors ahead at the end of the first half.

Wimbledon hauled themselves out of the relegation zone as they emerged 3-2 winners over York, condemning visiting manager Nigel Worthington to a losing start.

Mat Mitchel-King put the Dons ahead but Chris Smith quickly headed in an equaliser.

Brennan Dickenson put Wimbledon back ahead, only for Smith to level for a second time. But Harry Pell got the clinching goal with 11 minutes remaining.



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