Team of the week
Stuart Nelson - Gillingham
Gillingham moved eight points clear at the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley this weekend but much of the praise should fall at the feet of goalkeeper Nelson who twice denied Stanley an equaliser at the Priestfield Stadium. Peter Murphy and Francis Jeffers both saw opportunities denied by the former Notts County keeper who did well to stay alert despite a lack of shots on goal from the opposition. His clean sheet was a just reward for a fine performance.
Matt Fish - Gillingham
Fish's superb strike was the only goal of the game as Gillingham extended their lead at the top of League Two. His effort from range cannoned in off the underside of the bar to give the Gills all three points and he also played his part in securing the clean sheet which kept the lead intact. Fish has made more appearances this season for Gillingham than anyone else and his 24th minute strike was his third of a fine campaign that now looks as if it will end in promotion, barring a spectacular collapse.
Clarke Carlisle - Northampton Town
Northampton are the ninth club of Carlisle's long career but this weekend's performance once again showed that he is still going strong at this level. After impressing at York City at the start of the season, Carlisle's move to the Cobblers has seen him maintain his good form at the heart of the defence. Against Oxford United it was no different, with a comfortable clean sheet secured for the promotion chasers, whilst Carlisle almost grabbed himself a goal, had his first-half header been a few inches lower.
David Stephens - Barnet
Stephens is rumoured to have been attracting attention from further up the league ladder and on displays like this it is not difficult to see why. Barnet kept a clean sheet as they picked up a key point towards survival against Cheltenham at Underhill. The towering centre-back was impressive in blunting the attacking threat of James Constable and Tom Craddock, and Barnet may have a struggle on their hands to keep hold of the young Welshman if he continues to impress at this level and for Wales Under-21s.
Billy Jones - Cheltenham
Cheltenham picked up a point away at relegation-threatened Barnet and Jones had a valuable input from left-back for the play-off hopefuls. His 41st appearance of the season for the Robins was steady if unspectacular and he made easy work of a desperate Barnet attack, coping well with the wide threat posed by Jon Nurse on the right. In a game of little note, the combination of Jones, his defensive team-mates and the snow-covered Underhill pitch denied Barnet any clear opportunities in a drab 0-0 draw.
Josh Carson - York City
Carson is steadily emerging as a shining light in a struggling York City side. The 19-year-old looked dangerous on both flanks this weekend for the Minstermen and won the penalty that gave City their consolation at Torquay. Carson also dragged a shot wide and did his fair share of defensive work, standing out in midfield. His loan move from Ipswich expires next month and York will surely be looking to extend his stay at Bootham Crescent given their huge struggles recently. Nigel Worthington will need more performances like this if his side are to escape the drop.
Ben Harding - Northampton Town
Harding scored the only goal of the game in a hard fought victory for Northampton Town over Oxford United. His composed finish on the rebound made the difference at a snow-covered Sixfields. The midfielder also saw a chipped effort go inches over early on in an excellent performance for the Cobblers which saw him combining well with midfield partner Ben Tozer throughout. The goal was only his second of the season but was well taken to secure all three points against an Oxford side who fought hard but with little end product.
Lee Mansell - Torquay United
The Gulls' captain was a calming presence in midfield once again this weekend as Torquay moved another three points closer to League Two safety. He was dominant and stood out against a poor York side that struggled to get to grips with their opponents. The Gulls are now four games unbeaten and three points above the drop zone after this win, and if Mansell can continue to help inspire his side then results will follow as Torquay strive to avoid relegation.
Junior Brown - Fleetwood Town
Fleetwood secured three points against Dagenham & Redbridge despite going behind after just five minutes. A fair amount of credit for that must come down to Brown's equaliser, which came within a minute, an awkward cross-cum-shot that found its way into the corner of the net to bring the Cod Army level before Gareth Evans turned the game around with a second-half strike. Brown's quality shone through and he found himself at the heart of much of Fleetwood's creative work throughout the game before being substituted with four minutes remaining.
Ryan Jarvis - Torquay United
Jarvis scored Torquay's second goal of the game against York and his strike was the highlight of the game - an excellent piece of play on a poor Plainmoor surface. The 26-year-old strode forward from the halfway line and sidestepped his man before unleashing a brilliant left-footed drive into the top corner from 20 yards out. That goal gave Torquay breathing space that they later needed following Thomas Cruise's red card. Jarvis showed his class throughout and deserved his goal which brought more misery upon York.
Gary Alexander - AFC Wimbledon
Wimbledon picked up another three points against Morecambe this weekend and much of that came down to Alexander. Despite not managing to pick up a goal himself, the veteran striker won his side a penalty and crossed for Kevin Sainte-Luce to put the Dons in front, making the vital difference as Wimbledon took a giant step by moving five points clear of relegation. Quick out of the blocks, Alexander's two vital interventions both took place in the first-half and the Crawley Town loanee made all the difference at Kingsmeadow.