League One round-up
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Southend relinquished control of League One as their 2-0 defeat to Doncaster allowed Huddersfield to move into pole position.
The Essex outfit were looking to make it nine wins on the bounce but Steve Tilson saw his men fall to late goals from Richard Ravenhill (77) and Jonathan Forte (88).
Huddersfield moved a point clear at the summit as they beat Walsall 3-1 at home to go five games unbeaten.
Former Tottenham striker Andy Booth gave the in-form side the lead on 15 minutes although Paul Smith equalised for the visitors on the half hour.
Prolific hit-man Pawel Abbot (pictured) then edged into double figures for the season with a brace of goals, the second coming 12 minutes from the end.
Swansea's inability to beat Oldham in a 0-0 stalemate saw them miss out on the chance to draw level with Southend in the automatic promotion slots.
Fourth placed Brentford also experienced a goalless draw with bottom of the league Swindon, although the visitors saw their point spoiled somewhat with the late dismissal of Jerel Ifil.
Tranmere slipped into the relegation zone to accompany The Robins as Gary Johnson continued what he hopes will be the renaissance of Bristol City with a 1-0 win over Rovers.
Luke Wilkshire was the hero for the home side as City moved out of the bottom four with their third win in four games.
The MK Dons sneaked out of the relegation zone with a 0-0 draw at home to Chesterfield, in which Paul Mitchell was dismissed, and Gillingham kept pace with Danny Wilson's side with another 0-0 draw at home to Yeovil despite having Moses Ashikodi sent-off.
Port Vale remain in the play-off places despite falling to a 1-0 defeat at home to Bradford.
Veteran striker Steve Claridge proved age is no barrier as he claimed the vital winner on 64 minutes.
Scunthorpe drew level with their promotion rivals as they secured a 2-2 draw in an energetic game with Rotherham.
The visitors took an early lead with an own goal from Andrew Butler but Billy Sharp equalised on 20 minutes.
A frantic opening period continued as Paul McLaren edged his side ahead once again, but the former Luton midfielder saw his contribution ended early when dismissed on the hour mark - just as Sharp again restored parity.
Barnsley missed the chance to climb the table as they rescued a 2-2 draw with struggling Blackpool.
The visitors were two up through Simon Wiles (29) and Tommy Wright (68) but Barnsley concluded a dramatic finish with late strikes from Marc Richards (81) and Brian Howard (84).
Nottingham Forest continued to drag themselves up the table with a 2-0 win at home to Hartlepool.
The visitors had Michael Nelson dismissed for violent conduct as Gareth Taylor (33) and a injury time Eugen Bopp penalty put Gary Megson's side eighth in the table.
Bournemouth remain level on 20 points with Forest after James Keene scored in injury time to hand them a 1-0 win over Colchester.
Click below for individual match summaries:
Barnsley 2-2 Blackpool
Brentford 0-0 Swindon
Bristol City 1-0 Tranmere
Colchester 0-1 Bournemouth
Doncaster 2-0 Southend
Gillingham 0-0 Yeovil
Huddersfield 3-1 Walsall
MK Dons 0-0 Chesterfield
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Hartlepool
Port Vale 0-1 Bradford
Scunthorpe 2-2 Rotherham
Swansea 0-0 Oldham
Click here for the League One table.