Darby saves Diamonds
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The side are still three points behind league leaders Hartlepool, who were held at home in a goalless draw by Bournemouth, but are now well clear of fourth spot.
Following a goalless first-half, Darby was on hand to head home from close range following a near post flick-on from Andy Burgess.
The Cherries slipped-out of the automatic places after York overcame struggling Southend 2-0 at Bootham Crescent.
Lee Nogan and Lee Bullock were the heroes for The Minstermen netting the first-half goals for the financially-troubled Yorkshire outfit.
Lincoln City remain in the play-off places following a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers at Sincil Bank.
Daniel Webb had the home side ahead after 21 minutes, though the visitors replied almost immediately when Vitaly Astafjevs netted moments later.
The Red Imps were not to be denied however, and Ben Futcher was on hand to restore their lead on 29 minutes to score what proved to be the winner.
Cambridge United's faint hopes of a play-off spot were hindered after being held by Scunthorpe at the Abbey Stadium.
Dave Kitson scored his 25th of the season early on, however Paul Hayes' second half strike earned a share of the spoils.
Bury lost ground on the play-off chasing sides following a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Darlington.
The Quakers overcame an early goal from Lee Connell to eventually run out easy winners thanks to goals from Jimmy Corbett, Glenn Naylor and a late Craig Liddle penalty.
At the foot of the table Macclesfield boosted their survival hopes with a crucial 2-0 home win over Kidderminster.
Two second half goals in the space of just three minutes from John Miles and Danny Whitaker were enough to see of The Harriers.
Boston's chances of avoiding a swift return to the Conference were helped after the side rescued a point against Torquay at Plainmoor.
Alex Russell looked to have given The Gulls all three points after opening the scoring after 68 minutes, though Mark Angel's late penalty earned United a priceless point.
Click here for Division Three match summaries:
Cambridge United 1-1 Scunthorpe United
Darlington 3-1 Bury
Hartlepool United 0-0 Bournemouth
Lincoln City 2-1 Bristol Rovers
Macclesfield Town 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers
Rushden & Diamonds 1-0 Exeter City
Torquay United 1-1 Boston United
York City 2-0 Southend United
Click here for an updated Third Division table.