BRIGHTON GO CLEAR AT THE TOP
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Watson, who scored the winner in midweek against Stoke, opened the scoring after 13 minutes but The Cherries looked to have salvaged a point from the game when Eddie Howe (pictured) scored with just 12 minutes left. However, Howe went from hero to villain in just a matter of minutes as he put through his own net to give Brighton all three points.
Reading maintained their impressive start to the new campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over Wycombe at the Madejski Stadium. The Royals won the game with two strikes in two minutes in the first half. Welsh international Adrian Williams opened the scoring after 16 minutes before Darius Henderson doubled their lead and sealed the points just a couple of minutes later. Wycombe's bad day was compounded just after the hour mark when striker Gavin Holligan was dismissed.
Both sides who went into the day unbeaten - Colchester and Bristol City - lost their records.
Colchester were suprisingly beaten by Notts County at Layer Road, with Danny Allsopp's goal just after the hour mark the difference between the two teams.
Danny Wilson's side's unbeaten run came to an end at London Road, where Peterborough continued their goalscoring exploits from midweek to win 4-1. Having hit Bournemouth for six on Wednesday, The Posh went into double figures for the week. Andy Clarke grabbed two (15 & 42) and Marc Joseph scored in-between to seal a 3-0 lead at half time. Scott Murray pulled one back just after the hour for City, but Jimmy Bullard sealed the win with his 73 minute effort.
Brentford and Oldham moved into second and third respectively, after they drew 2-2 at Griffin Park. Winger Paul Rickers had put the away side in front after 34 minutes, before the Bees hit-back with two quick-fire second half goals from Lloyd Owusu (46) and captain Paul Evans (49) who converted from the spot. But Andy Ritchie`s side claimed a share with 17 minutes left when Canadian international Carlo Corazzin levelled. Any hopes Brentford had of trying to win the game were hampered just a minute later when substitute Martin Rowlands was sent off after being on the field for just six minutes.
Cardiff's new £1.8 million man Peter Thorne scored his first goal of the season at Ninian Park to give Cardiff a 13 minute lead over Huddersfield. However, Town came back strong and were level just seven minutes later through young midfielder Dwayne Mattis. The Terriers then sealed all three points and moved level on points with a host of teams in second place, when Danny Schofield struck just 11 minutes into the second half.
Chesterfield sealed their third consecutive win with an easy 4-0 win over Swindon Town at Saltergate. Despite a goalless first half the floodgates opened straight after the interval when David Reeves (46) scored against his twin-brother Alan. Goals from Lee Richardson (53), Graham Hyde (66) and Jonathan Howard (75) sealed the win.
Wigan thew away a 1-0 lead at home to QPR as they suffered their first defeat of the season at The JJB Stadium.
Tony Dinning scored his first goal for the club since his switch from Wolves just three minutes before half time, but Paul Jewell's men failed to hold onto their lead as Andy Thomson scored his seventh goal of the season to send QPR in level. A draw looked the most likely outcome, but Ged Brannan put through his own net in injury time to give the R's all three points.
Blackpool's Brett Ormerod scored his 17th goal in just 16 games with his strike at Bloomfield Road against Cambridge after four minutes. But just when The Tangerines looked destined for three points, Dave Kitson grabbed a point for the U's with seven minutes left.
Northampton moved off the bottom of the table with a very good 1-0 win at Port Vale. Midfielder Roy Hunter sealed The Cobblers second win of the season with his 73 minute goal.
The team to replace Northampton at the bottom is Bury, who went down 1-0 at home to Stoke. A goal from Dutch midfielder Jurgen Vandeurzen after 32 minutes was enough to decide the game at Gigg Lane.
For match summaries and reports click below:
Blackpool 1 Cambridge United 1
Brentford 2 Oldham Athletic 2
Brighton & H.A. 2 Bournemouth 1
Bury 0 Stoke City 1
Cardiff City 1 Huddersfield Town 2
Chesterfield 4 Swindon Town 0
Colchester United 0 Notts County 1
Peterborough United 4 Bristol City 1
Port Vale 0 Northampton Town 1
Reading 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0
Wigan Athletic 1 QPR 2