Reading and Brighton level at the top

Loading Market ...

Football Betting

Up To £30 Free Matched Bet

READING failed to extend their lead at the top of the Division Two table, after a thrilling 3-3 draw at promotion play-off chasers Bristol City.

Five goals in the first 15 minutes made for great entertainment at Ashton Gate, with The Royals going 2-0 in front after five minutes.

Andy Hughes and a Nicky Forster penalty looked to have put Alan Pardew's side in pole position for the three points but Lee Peacock pulled a goal back a minute later for the Robins.

City levelled when Mickey Bell converted from the penalty spot after 12 minutes but Reading regained the lead through Kevin Watson after 15 minutes.

Things settled down and it would be Danny Wilson's men who would earn a deserved draw, when on-loan Preston midfielder Steve Robinson scored on his home debut, to give the West Country side a share of the points.

Brighton go level on points with Reading at the top of the table, after a superb 4-1 victory at Colchester United.

Two goals by Richard Carpenter and one goal each by Wayne Gray and Paul Brooker (pictured) sealed the points at Layer Road, as Colchester could only reply with a late goal by Micky Stockwell.

Brentford remain in third place, with an important 1-0 victory over fourth place Stoke City at Griffin Park.

Arnar Gunnlaugsson was sent-off on half-an-hour for violent conduct, as The Potters played the remainder of the match with ten men.

Steve Sidwell scored in the second half for Brentford, as they keep the pressure on Brighton and Reading.

Huddersfield go level on points with Stoke, after being held to a 1-1 draw at Wrexham.

Delroy Facey gave The Terriers the lead seven minutes after half-time but Craig Faulconbridge equalised for the Welsh side three minutes later, as The Dragons remain second from bottom in the table.

Cardiff City overtook Bristol City for the final promotion play-off position, with a 2-0 win at Chesterfield.

Goals by Daniel Gabbidon and Andy Campbell in the first half-hour of the match was enough to seal victory at Saltergate.

Cambridge United became the second league club after Division One Stockport County to be relegated, after a 2-2 draw at Oldham.

Darren Sheridan was sent-off for The Latics in the first half for violent conduct, as the home side played the remainder of the match with ten men. 

Ian Ashbee put The U's in front but Dean Holden equalised just on half-time to make it 1-1.

Luke Guttridge made it 2-1 to Cambridge by scoring from the penalty spot but Holden condemned the Abbey Stadium outfit to Division Three for next season, by equalising again in the last minute of the match.

Queens Park Rangers moved up to eighth place, with a 3-2 win at Tranmere Rovers.

Andy Thomson put QPR in front after 14 minutes to give the Loftus Road side a 1-0 half-time lead.

However, Jason Koumas and Stuart Barlow gave Tranmere a 2-1 lead in the second half before QPR equalised through Richard Langley.

The Londoners won the match in the last minute when Thomson scored to take QPR closer to the play-off positions.

Danny Allsopp scored two goals as Notts County continued to pull away from relegation, with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth at Meadow Lane.

The Cherries remain in trouble at the bottom of the table, as time and matches start to run out for the south coast side.

An Alan Young goal gave financial crisis club Swindon Town a 1-0 win over LDV Vans Trophy winners Blackpool at the County Ground, as both sides remain in mid-table.

Barry Fry's Peterborough United pulled further to safety, with a 2-1 win over Wycombe at London Road.

Leon McKenzie and Francis Green scored for The Posh, as The Chairboys could only reply through a Mark Tyler own-goal.

Port Vale beat Wigan 1-0 at Vale Park, thanks to a Stephen Brooker goal on half-time, as both sides remain in mid-table.

Click below for an individual match stats:

Brentford 1-0 Stoke
Bristol City 3-3 Reading
Chesterfield 0-2 Cardiff
Colchester 1-4 Brighton
Notts County 2-0 Bournemouth
Oldham 2-2 Cambridge Utd
Peterborough 2-1 Wycombe
Port Vale 1-0 Wigan
Swindon 1-0 Blackpool
Tranmere 2-3 QPR
Wrexham 1-1 Huddersfield

Click here for an updated Division Two table