Tough at the top in the Third Division
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rochdale made the biggest move as their 2-1 home win over Macclesfield Town saw them join Torquay and Hartlepool equal on 21 points at the top of the table.
At the bottom, Swansea did well to travel to Hull City and come away with a point, whilst Boston swapped places with the Welsh club following their 2-1 loss at home to Cambridge United.
It all looked as though it was going to plan for Pool as Adam Boyd drilled home the opener on the half hour.
Yet just three minutes into the second half and it was all level as Mark Peters headed home and the Victoria Ground faithful were shocked when Paul Hall's pinpoint shot flew in seven minutes from time.
Torquay's attempts to gain ground on Hartlepool were hurt in the 19th minute when Tony Bedeau was sent off and the home side hung on for a point against Lincoln.
Rochdale moved onto 21 points when they dispatched Macclesfield 3-1 at home. Paul Connor gave them the lead with a close range effort but the visitors equalised when the hosts failed to clear a cross and Andrew Welsh turned the ball into the net.
It took the home side until midway through the second period to reassert their authority when Connor got his second of the day, finding himself in the right place at the right time.
Clive Platt completed the scoring when Connor turned provider nine minutes from time.
At the Racecourse Ground it was another case of a badly timed sending off that stung the home side.
Wrexham were two goals to the good through an Andy Morrell brace (22, 24 pen), but were pegged back by Jon Newby for Bury with his strike just after the half hour.
Carlos Edwards was then sent off with a couple of minutes left in the first half and from total control, the home side gifted Bury an equaliser just before the hour as Paul Barrett's backpass fell short and Newby nipped in to beat Andy Dibble to the ball and score.
Cambridge came away from Boston with a 3-1 win, with the league newcomers having another run of bad fortune. Dave Kitson netted twice for the visitors (2, 90) with the other goal coming from a Neil Redfearn own goal.
Simon Weatherstone (pictured) got Boston's reply, a couple of minutes before the break but their fate was sealed three minutes from time when Ray Warburton got his marching orders.
Brian Flynn got his first point with Swansea as they travelled to Boothferry Park and came back with a 1-1 draw.
Phil Jevons put the home side ahead with a fine left-footed effort in the 27th minute only for Steve Thomas to equalise with a looping header over Paul Musselwhite in the 52nd minute.
Bournemouth made their superiority count with a 3-1 win over Carlisle. It took until the 61st minute before the opening goal as Jason Tindall struck for his first of the season.
Alan Connell made it two in the 76th minute and Brian Stock finished off the game four minutes from time. Peter Murphy got a consolation for the visitors in the last minute.
Kidderminster got a fine win at Bristol Rovers, opening the scoring with a thundering drive from JJ Melligan.
Paul Tait equalised for the home side in the 74th minute but the celebrations were cut short sixty seconds later when Bo Henriksen headed a simple goal in to give the visitors the spoils.
Darlington travelled to London but emerged empty handed as Leyton Orient grabbed a 2-1 win.
Barry Conlon opened the scoring for Tommy Taylor's men on the stroke of half time. However, goals from Carl Hutchings (59) and Kevin Nugent (72) gave Orient all three points.
Resurgent Oxford gave York City a fight in the North and got a 1-0 win for their efforts. Gavin Gordon got the only goal on the hour mark.
Southend got a similar win, this time at home, with Graeme Jones's 43rd minute goal seeing Exeter leave empty handed.
Scunthorpe and Shrewsbury's game ended 1-1. Luke Rodgers had given the visitors the lead in the 18th minute only for Matthew Sparrow to level matters eight minutes into the second half.
Click below for more information on the games:
Boston v Cambridge
Bournemouth v Carlisle
Bristol Rovers v Kidderminster
Hartlepool v Rushden
Hull v Swansea
Leyton Orient v Darlington
Rochdale v Macclesfield
Scunthorpe v Shrewsbury
Southend v Exeter
Torquay v Lincoln
Wrexham v Bury
York v Oxford
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