FIVE-STAR HATTERS GO TOP
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Danny Mellanby had given the visitors a shock lead after 25 minuets but Matthew Spring drew the sides level just ten minutes later.
Steven Howard (pictured) fired The Hatters in front for the first time three minutes into the second half, but Neil Wainwright drew Darlo level just two minutes later.
Dean Crowe restored the home side's lead in the 67th minute with the third goal.
Kevin Nicholls ensured the win with the fourth from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute and French winger wrapped up the points with the fifth seven minutes from time.
A last-minute Gary Alexander goal gave Hull City a hard-earned 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury.
Luke Rodgers 14th minute goal had looked like giving the home side all three points until Alexander's late intervention.
Mansfield climbed up to fourth spot with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Leyton Orient.
Lee Williams fired the home side in front after 15 minutes, but Scott Houghton equalised just six minutes later.
Craig Disley restored Mansfield's lead after 33 minutes and Chris Greenacre added a third in the 39th minute.
Steve Watts pulled one back for the visitors after 70 minutes, but it was not enough for Orient.
Rushden & Diamonds ended their recent poor run of form with a 2-1 win over Hartlepool at Nene Park.
An unfortunate own goal on the half hour had given the home side the lead, but Gordon Watson drew the sides level on the stroke of half time.
Barry Hunter grabbed the winner for Rushden in the 67th minute.
Cheltenham climbed into the top half of the table with a 2-1 win over struggling Lincoln City.
Russell Milton fired the home side in front after just 12 minutes and Tony Naylor doubled the advantage two minutes into the second period.
Kingsley Balck pulled one back for The Imps in the 63rd minute, but anyb hopes that Lincoln could get somehing frpom the game disappeared when Lee Thorpe was dismissed nine minutes from time.
Torquay moved above Southend in the table with a 2-1 win over The Shrimpers at Plainmoor.
Marcus Richardon opened the scoring for The Gulls after 51 minutes, but Carl Hutchings equlaised for the visitors just four minutes later.
David Graham grabbed the winner for the home side after 62 minutes.
Halifax and Scunthorpe fought at a goalless draw at The Shay.
Click on fixture for match summary.
Click here for updated league table