United meanwhile faltered once more this week as they lost 1-0 to a rapidly improving Preston side, for whom Dominic Collins scored the only goal of the match at Bamber Bridge's QED Stadium, Carlisle having only won twice now in their last eight games. If Wrexham only draw next week though the Blues can still win the title if they defeat Oldham in their final match, that now having been moved to Wednesday the 5th of April at 2pm due to some Lancashire Cup commitments for the Latics.
Another team like Carlisle who had been going well in the early stages of the season were Rochdale, but they blew their chances of winning the division when they lost 2-1 at home in Preston's second match of the week. North End taking the lead at Dark Lane, Rossendale United through Will Hayhurst on 26 minutes before Josh Brizzell levelled for the 'Dale after 76 minutes. Preston quickly going back ahead with the winning goal just sixty seconds later though when Hayhurst netted once more to seal the win for the Lilywhites.
Blackpool were another side playing twice this week and they scored 11 goals in the process of getting two wins. The Seasiders first on Monday afternoon at Prenton Park defeating a young Tranmere side 4-2. Three of the goals for the Tangerines coming from Tom Barkuizen, with their other scorer being unreported, while it was Cole Stockton who got both goals for Rovers.
Then on Wednesday afternoon Blackpool scored even more goals as rhey hammered hapless Accrington 7-1 at Bloomfield Road. Stephen Dobbie and Jason Euell both getting a brace of goals for the Tangerines, with Rob Edwards and Billy Clarke both weighing in with one apiece, Stanley's Daniel Stockhall also helping out with an own goal to round off the scoring.
The final game of the week was played at Hyde United's Ewen Fields as Tranmere turned round their defeat on Monday with a 3-2 win away to Oldham on Wednesday. Lewis Alessandra putting the Latics ahead on 18 minutes before Rovers roared back with two quick goals from Aaron Cresswell and Jay Ashcroft on 24 and 26 minutes respectively. Tranmere then making it 3-1 through Kithson Bain midway through the second-half before Djeny Bembo-Leta two minutes from time made it an interesting finish in which Rovers managed to hang on for the win.
Results in the division on Monday 19th April at 2pm
Preston North End 1-0 Carlisle United
Tranmere Rovers 2-4 Blackpool
Results in the divison on Wednesday 21st April
Blackpool 7-1 Accrington Stanley (2pm)
Morecambe 0-0 Wrexham (7pm)
Oldham Athletic 2-3 Tranmere Rovers (7pm)
Rochdale 1-2 Preston North End (7pm)
Fixture in the division on Monday 26th April at 2pm
Preston North End v Accrington Stanley
Fixtures in the division on Wednesday 28th April
Accrington Stanley v Wrexham (7pm), at Racecourse Ground
Blackpool v Preston North End (2pm), at Deepdale
Tranmere Rovers v Rochdale (2pm)
Final fixture in the division on Wednesday 5th May at 2pm
Carlisle United v Oldham Athletic
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