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How It Unfolded

4 May 2015

The timeline of a dramatic day in League One.

Yeovil 40
Leyton Orient 49
Crawley 50
Notts County 50
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Crewe 52
U's 52

The U's have done it! The results are in from elsewhere and, on a breathless afternoon, Tony Humes' men have escaped the bottom four, having spent all but one week there since mid-November. 14.13 Full Time


The final whistle goes at the Weston Homes Community Stadium and the U's have done their bit. All eyes now are on the games elsewhere. 14.09 Colchester United v Preston North End


Gillingham extend their lead to make it 3-1 and it leaves the Magpies deep in trouble with time running out.
14.08 Gillingham v Notts County

Yeovil 40
Leyton Orient 49
Crawley 50
Notts County 50
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Crewe 52
U's 52

Gillingham get their noses in front for the first time in the afternoon and it's out of the Magpies hands going into the final minutes of the season with all eyes on WHCS and the U's game, as a Preston equaliser would save Notts. 14.06 Gillingham v Notts County


Yeovil 40
Leyton Orient 49
Crawley 50
Notts County 51
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Crewe 52
U's 52

Leyton Orient's slender hopes of escaping the bottom four are also dealt another blow as Swindon square it up late on at the County Ground. The O's are now down to 23rd with that equaliser. 14.05 Swindon Town v Leyton Orient


Yeovil 40
Crawley 50
Notts County 51
Leyton Orient 51
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Crewe 52
U's 52

Coventry grab a goal as the game comes to a conclusion in Crawley, to plung the Red Devils deep into trouble. James Maddison puts the Sky Blues in front. 14.04 Crawley Town v Coventry City


Yeovil 40
Crawley 51
Notts County 51
Leyton Orient 51
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Crewe 52
U's 52

Five minutes before the end of the game and it's more drama at Priestfield. John Egan levels it up for the Gills and that goal gives Crewe a further lifeline in a dramatic afternoon. 14.01 Gillingham v Notts County


Yeovil 40
Crawley 51
Leyton Orient 51
Crewe 52
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U's 52
Notts County 53

The U's score through George Moncur to send the Weston Homes Community Stadium into delirium! The midfielder slots home for his fifth goal in the last nine games. For the first time in the afternoon, the U's are out of the bottom four - but can they hold on and will results stay in their favour? 13.55 Colchester United v Preston North End


Yeovil 40
U's 50
Crawley 51
Leyton Orient 51
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Crewe 52
Notts County 53

A big goal in West Sussex as Marcus Tudgay powers home a header to level things up at the Checkatrade.com Stadium. That goal puts Crawley back in the bottom four and Crewe are back out again. 13.47 Crawley Town v Coventry City


Swindon pull one back to jangle the O's nerves with a clever free kick, and it's 1-2 at the County Ground midway through the second half. 13.42 Swindon Town v Leyton Orient


Yeovil 40
U's 50
Leyton Orient 51
Crewe 52
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Crawley 53
Notts County 53

A lifeline for the Magpies in their game at the Priestfield Stadium, as Graham Burke drives home a shot to give the visitors the lead in Kent. As results stand at this point, even a U's win won't be enough. 13.36 Gillingham v Notts County


A big chance for the U's to get their noses in front just before the hour mark as George Moncur is brought down. However, Chris Porter lifts his penalty over the bar and it's as you were at the bottom! 13.31 Colchester United v Preston North End


The O's are doing their bit - they go 2-0 up at Swindon through Chris Dagnall, but that's not enough with Crawley just having taken the lead in their match. 13.26 Swindon Town v Leyton Orient


Yeovil 40
U's 50
Notts County 51
Leyton Orient 51
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Crewe 52
Crawley 53

Much of the day's drama is unfolding at the Checkatrade.com Stadium. Crawley are in front through Mathias Pogba and climb out of the bottom four as things stand with that early second half goal. 13.23 Crawley Town v Coventry City


Yeovil 40
U's 50
Crawley 51
Notts County 51
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Leyton Orient 51
Crewe 52

At the break, Leyton Orient are the only team in front in the bottom six and, as such, go into the interval in a safe position. At Half-Time


There's another penalty in the day's decisive fixtures and it's Coventry who get it. The Sky Blues need a result just to ensure they steer clear of trouble, but Nick Proschwitz's spot kick is well saved. 13.02 Crawley Town v Coventry City


Yeovil 40
U's 50
Crawley 51
Notts County 51
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Leyton Orient 51
Crewe 52

Orient's earlier penalty miss is forgotten as Dean Cox puts the O's ahead. The goal, on 32 minutes, lifts Orient out of the bottom four in the live table.
12.57 Swindon Town v Leyton Orient

Yeovil 40
Leyton Orient 49
U's 50
Crawley 51
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Notts County 51
Crewe 52

Crewe go one down as former Col U loanee Billy Clarke makes it 0-1 at the Alexandra Stadium. Crewe are safe, but their gap to safety is down to one point.
12.41 Crewe Alexandra v Bradford City

Midway through the first half and things look like they're going Leyton Orient's way. Swindon are down to ten men as Tyrell Belford is sent off but brother and fellow goalkeeper Cameron saves Lloyd James' penalty.
12.37 Swindon Town v Leyton Orient

The Sky Blues have the ball in the back of the net, but it's disallowed for offside to cut short the celebrations. Still 0-0.
12.21 Crawley Town v Coventry City

However, here's how it all unfolded...

The U's knew that results needed to go their way elsewhere and, at different points in the afternoon, things did look like they might conspire against them.

But, during the course of the afternoon, attentions will have wandered to other parts of the country, as U's fans kept tabs on results that could influence the team's destiny.

On a dramatic day at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, all eyes were understandably on the pitch in north Essex.

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