U'S HIT PROMOTED CHESTERFIELD FOR SIX
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tony Thorpe (pictured) netted a hat-trick inside the first 28 minutes as Bristol City beat Northampton Town at Sixfields 3-0, however it was the Colchester game that provided the scoring fireworks, as Chesterfield failed at the first attempt to match their 21 game unbeaten streak which got them off to such a tremendous start last season.
Joe Dunne put The U's ahead only for Roger Willis to equalise within 60 seconds as two goals in the opening ten minutes set the tempo for the game. An own goal on his debut from Martyn Booty (25) and Micky Stockwell (37) gave the visitors a 3-1 half time lead but this was not the end of the scoring.
Luke Beckett gave the home side the perfect start to the second period with a goal to make it 3-2 although this was quickly cancelled out by Kevin Rapley's first of the season. Back came Chesterfield to make it 4-3 thanks to Steve Payne but a double blast by Scott McGleish (62, 78) saw Colchester win 6-3.
Northampton fell to Thorpe's triple blast in the opening half hour and any thoughts of them getting back into the match were cancelled out when James Hunt was sent off in the 34th minute.
In a battle of play-off teams, with Blackpool being promoted last season despite finishing seventh and Reading losing in the Division Two finals, it was the visitors that came off the better.
Phil Parkinson's strike in the 32nd minute gave Reading the half time lead and Nicky Forster made sure of the points 15 minutes from time.
Vale Park was another ground that saw a number of goals on Saturday, six in total, as the home side needed three second half strikes to give them a 4-2 win over Notts County.
Stephen McPhee, one of five free transfer signings of the summer opened the scoring for the home side in the 21st minute, only for Marcel Cas to level matters up seven minutes later.
The two sides went into the break at 1-1 only for George O'Callaghan to put Port Vale a goal ahead two minutes into the second half. Again County came back through Danny Allsopp in the 53rd minute, only for O'Callaghan and Ashley Dodd to seal the win 20 minutes from time.
One of the promotion favourites, Cardiff, had to battle hard for a 1-0 win over last season's FA Cup Cinderella, Wycombe Wanderers. Daniel Gabbidon in the 17th minute got the only goal of the game as the big spenders of Wales got off to the perfect start.
Huddersfield Town adapted to life in the Second Division quickly with a gritty display as they battled out a 1-0 win over Bournemouth, with a Kenny Irons goal, five minutes into the second half being the difference between the two sides. A similar scoreline saw QPR get only their second win in 14 games under Ian Holloway.
Andy Thomson got the only goal of the game in the 23rd minute.
There were only two scoreless draws on Saturday, with one being at Cambridge, where Brighton hung on for 45 minutes with ten men to get a hard earned point. Paul Rogers was sent off on the stroke of half-time after picking up two bookings within a minute, which saw the game deteriorate into a physical duel.
The other was at the County Ground as Neil Ruddock and Roy Evans got their managerial debut underway with a 0-0 draw against Barry Fry's Peterborough United. Again the game featured a sending off Guiliano Grazioli was sent off for a foul in the 62nd minute.
Another manager in his first game, Dave Watson saw his Tranmere side lose 2-1 at home to Bury.
Jon Newby gave the visitors the perfect start with a goal in the fourth minute and Seyni N`Diaye's sending off on the stroke of half time gave Rovers a massive hill to climb in the second period.
Undaunted, Tranmere set about their task with renewed vigour and Andy Parkinson got them level, 16 minutes from time, only for Paul Reid to fire in the winner seven minutes from the end to give Bury all three points.
Wigan and Brentford battled to a 1-1 draw at the JJB Stadium, with the visitors rocking their hosts in first half injury time thanks to a goal from Ivan Igimarsson.
However, Lee McCulloch's equaliser mid-way through the second half gave the hosts a share of the spoils.
Finally in Wales it was a game for debutants as Carlo Corazzin rescued a point for Oldham with a last minute equaliser.
Giant defender Dennis Lawrence equalised Mark Allott's opening strike five minutes into the second period. Carlos Edwards made it 2-1 on the hour and Craig Faulconbridge appeared to have made the game safe for the home side in the 62nd minute, as Wrexham went 3-1 up.
However, David Eyres pulled the Latics back into the game in the 73rd minute and Corazzin's last minute heroics salvaged a point for the visitors.
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Blackpool 0 Reading 2
Cambridge United 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 0
Cardiff City 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0
Chesterfield 3 Colchester United 6
Huddersfield Town 1 Bournemouth 0
Northampton Town 0 Bristol City 3
Port Vale 4 Notts County 2
Queens Park Rangers 1 Stoke City 0
Swindon Town 0 Peterborough United 0
Tranmere Rovers 1 Bury 2
Wigan Athletic 1 Brentford 1
Wrexham 3 Oldham Athletic 3
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