Division Two Round-Up
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Sturrock's men took a 1-0 lead into the break when David Friio struck for The Pilgrims on 29 minutes.
They sealed the three points at Edgeley Park when Graham Coughlan scored Plymouth's second just after the hour mark.
Queens Park Rangers lost ground on the leaders after falling 1-0 at Bournemouth, with Warren Feeney scoring the second half winner for The Cherries.
Bristol City cut the deficit between themselves and QPR to five points with a 2-1 away win at Hartlepool United.
Following a 0-0 first half, Lee Peacock gave The Robins a 1-0 lead on 54 minutes at Victoria Park before Pools equalised through Mark Tinkler on 70 minutes.
However, Danny Wilson's men would not be denied as a fine left-footed strike from Brian Tinnion gave the visitors all three points in the North East.
Swindon Town move to fourth after leaving it late to defeat struggling Notts County 2-1 at Meadow Lane.
Brian Howard gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at the break before Paul Heffernan equalised with a penalty on 66 minutes for The Magpies.
However, with four minutes remaining, Tommy Mooney scored Swindon's winner to push the Wiltshire club up the table.
Wrexham ended a successful week on the pitch with a second consecutive away win - this time a 1-0 triumph at struggling Brentford.
Chris Armstrong's 58th minute strike for The Dragons gave them the three points at Griffin Park, with Denis Smith's men having won in the week at Grimsby Town.
Brighton & Hove Albion also move into the play-off places with a 1-0 win over Barnsley at The Withdean Stadium.
Leon Knight's first half penalty was the difference on the South Coast, as The Tykes fall out of the play-off positions with the defeat.
Blackpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Oldham Athletic at Bloomfield Road.
Danny Coid gave The Seasiders a 1-0 lead at the break but Scott Vernon earned a point for the managerless Latics with a second half equaliser.
Chris Turner's Sheffield Wednesday continued their turn around with an important 2-0 win over struggling Peterborough United at Hillsborough.
Mark Robins gave The Owls a 1-0 lead on 55 minutes before The Posh were reduced to ten men when Steve Jenkins was sent off for a professional foul with three minutes remaining.
In the last minute, Adam Proudlock made it 2-0 for the home side, as Wednesday ended a successful week with three points taken at home.
Finally, in a relegation clash, Chesterfield came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with bottom club Wycombe Wanderers at Saltergate.
Tony Adams's Chairboys went 2-0 up through on-loan Nathan Tyson on 8 minutes and Stuart Nethercott six minutes after the break.
However, The Spireites salvaged a point with two goals in the space of seven minutes from Chris Brandon and Ian Evatt.
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Nationwide Division Two
Blackpool 1-1 Oldham
Bournemouth 1-0 QPR
Brentford 0-1 Wrexham
Brighton 1-0 Barnsley
Chesterfield 2-2 Wycombe
Hartlepool 1-2 Bristol City
Notts County 1-2 Swindon
Sheff Wed 2-0 Peterborough
Stockport 0-2 Plymout
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