League Two round-up
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Southend climbed into the automatic promotion places with a win over Rochdale.Southend climbed into the automatic promotion places with a 3-0 win over Rochdale.
The visitors did not enjoy their Bank Holiday jaunt to the Essex coast, as they were no match for the Roots Hall club.
Dale held firm for most of the first half, but were undone a minute before the interval as Freddy Eastwood (pictured) found a way to goal.
Southend came out with a real sense of purpose at the start of the second half and Mark Bentley headed home a second on 55 minutes.
The goal knocked the stuffing out of Rochdale and Southend claimed the points which moved them into third in the table when Wayne Gray netted on the hour.
Ian Barraclough popped up in the last minute to earn highflying Scunthorpe a point from their home clash with Oxford, having trailed for long periods to a Tommy Mooney strike for the visitors.
Macclesfield relinquished their grip on an automatic promotion spot, as they were beaten 2-0 by Swansea.
The Swans are also in the hunt for promotion and they showed great hunger to take charge of the game before the break.
Goals by Lee Thorpe and Paul Connor before the interval did for Macclesfield.
Struggling Rushden & Diamonds suffered a 4-1 home spanking at the hands of Lincoln.
Rushden led early on through William Sharp, but the advantage was short lived as Simon Yeo found a leveller on 20 minutes.
The game appeared to be heading for a draw until a three-goal salvo in ten minutes was the undoing of the home side.
Ben Futcher (75), Jamie McCombe (79) and Gary Taylor-Fletcher (83) scored the goals which knocked the stuffing out of Rushden.
A fine dipping volley from Scott McGleish moments before the interval was enough for Northampton to take all three points from their trip to Wycombe.
Basement boys Cambridge took a point from their trip to Shrewsbury, but they remain five points from safety, while the game between Mansfield and Chester also ended in stalemate.
Bury moved further clear of the relegation spots with a fine 3-1 win over Grimsby.
The Shakers were on the front foot from as early as the first minute, as Chris Porter caught the visitors cold with an early goal.
It got better for Bury on 12 minutes, as Brian Barry-Murphy doubled their advantage with a neat volley.
Michael Reddy handed Grimsby a lifeline with an excellent volley on 48 minutes, but it only acted as a spur for Bury who sealed the win when Colin Kazim-Richards fired home a long throw from Dave Challinor on 53 minutes.
John Finnigan netted a brace of goals as Cheltenham claimed a 3-2 win at Leyton Orient.
Finnigan scored on 17 and 53 minutes, with the third coming from Shane Duff.
Gary Alexander's header and a late strike from John Mackie ensured a grandstand finish, but The Robins held on for victory.
Click below for a match summary:
Bury v Grimsby
Leyton Orient v Cheltenham
Mansfield v Chester
Rushden & Diamonds v Lincoln
Scunthorpe v Oxford
Shrewsbury v Cambridge
Southend v Rochdale
Swansea v Macclesfield
Wycombe v Northampton