Division Two Round-Up
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Pilgrims only managed a goalless draw at Meadow Lane, however Bristol City's surprise defeat at Stockport County gave them a five-point lead.
City fell behind to a cracking goal after 11 minutes from Jim Goodwin, but it was not until late on when Chris Williams, as substitute, scored to seal the points.
Third placed Queens Park Rangers missed the chance to gain on The Robins after being held to a 1-1 draw against Oldham at Loftus Road.
Paul Murray put the visitors ahead just before the break, however despite levelling from Kevin Gallen and The Latics losing Chris Killen with a red card, The R's failed to find a winner.
Swindon strengthened their promotion prospects with a late 2-1 victory over Brentford at the County Ground.
Andrew Gurney got the ball rolling for the home side, but Ben May squared the match before half-time with an equaliser.
Just when it looked like the points would be shared Sammy Igoe popped up late on to net the crucial winner.
Warren Cummings first half goal was enough to lift Bournemouth to a 1-0 win over lowly Wycombe, while Barnsley, under the new reign of Part Hart, drew at home to Luton 0-0.
Peterborough bolstered their chances of avoiding the drop after Calum Willock's goal after 23 minutes handed them a 1-0 away win over Rushden & Diamonds.
Port Vale slipped behind in the race for a play-off position following a 2-1 defeat to Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
It started well for the visitors with Billy Paynter putting them ahead, however goals from Tony Dinning and Richard Wellens turned things around.
Hartlepool surged past The Potters after a late 2-1 away victory over Colchester United.
Greg Halford equalised Michael Nelson's opener but there was still time for Steven Istead to snatch a winner after 78 minutes.
Three goals in the space of just two minutes from Matt Crowell and Chris Armstrong (2) were enough for Wrexham to see of Grimsby at the Racecourse Ground.
Click below for match summaries:
Barnsley 0-0 Luton
Blackpool 2-1 Port Vale
Bournemouth 1-0 Wycombe
Colchester 1-2 Hartlepool
Notts County 0-0 Plymouth
QPR 1-1 Oldham
Rushden & Diamonds 0-1 Peterborough
Stockport 2-0 Bristol City
Swindon 2-1 Brentford
Wrexham 3-0 Grimsby
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