LIONS HIT U'S FOR SIX
By Nic Evans. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
MILLWALL strengthened their lead at the top of the Second Division as a Neil Harris hat-trick helped them to a 6-1 mauling of Colchester United at The New Den on Tuesday.
Harris opened the scoring in the 18th minute and strike partner Paul Moody grabbed the first of his brace seven minutes later to make it 2-0.
Moody got his second in the 62nd minute and Harris followed suit 14 minutes from time.
A Robbie Ryan own goal allowed the visitors to get on the scoresheet but Paul Ifill made it five two minutes from time and in injury time Harris completed his hat-trick by converting a penalty.
High-flying Walsall crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Swansea despite taking the lead through Brett Angell in the third minute.
However, Giovanni Savarese equalised in the minute and Steve Jones got the all important second, ten minutes into the second half. Steve Watkin made the game safe in the 76th minute with the third.
Wigan also crashed to a 2-1 loss at Oldham, Lee Duxbury broke the deadlock with five minutes to go before the break.
Simon Haworth equalised just after the hour only for Mark Allot to hit the winner 18 minutes from time.
Meanwhile, Rotherham played out a scoreless draw with Notts County whilst Northampton closed the gap on the play-off race with a 2-0 home win over Bristol City.
Two goals in three first half minutes secured the win as Dave Savage opened the scoring and Jamie Forrester secured the points on the half hour.
Bristol Rovers scraped a 2-2 draw with Reading, despite having both Lewis Hogg and Trevor Challis sent off in the 88th minute, yet they remain the only side in the country without a home win.
Oxford United are now 12 points from safety after losing 2-1 at home to Bournemouth. Oxford took the lead in the 12th minute through Peter Fear but a brace by the prolific Jermain Defoe gave the South coast side the win.
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Bristol Rovers 2 Reading 2
Cambridge United 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0
Luton 3 Peterborough United 2
Millwall 6 Colchester United 1
Northampton Town 2 Bristol City 0
Oldham 2 Wigan 1
Oxford United 1 Bournemouth 2
Rotherham 0 Notts County 0
Stoke City 2 Bury 1
Swindon Town 2 Brentford 3
Swansea 3 Walsall 1
Wrexham 1 Port Vale 0