BRENTFORD CONTINUE ON TOP
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brentford went a goal behind after 55 minutes when Martin Butler converted a penalty, but then a 25-yard drive from Ivar Ingimarsson brought The Bees level. Then with just 17 minutes left Jason Price (pictured), who because of a contract dispute could be playing his last game for Brentford, smashed home a left footed volley to give the away side all three points.
Peter Taylor's men maintained their promotion push with a 1-0 win at home to Colchester. The prolific Bobby Zamora struck the only goal of the game after 16 minutes.
Third played fourth at the Britannia Stadium, as Stoke entertained Bristol City, and a last minute striker from Brynjar Gunnarsson gave the home side all three points..
Peterborough lost ground on the top-four after they suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at bottom of the table Bury. Lee Unsworth (31) and George Clegg (87) got the goals.
Huddersfield climbed into sixth place with a wonderful 5-1 win over Wrexham at The McAlpine Stadium. Martyn Chalk had given The Red Dragons the lead after 25 minutes, but that just seemed to spur the home side into action as they were level within four minutes when American winger John Thorrington levelled from the spot. Chris Holland then gave The Terriers the lead after 48 minutes before Leon Knight, on loan from Chelsea, grabbed his first ever league goals (66 & 66). Andy Booth completed the scoring with just three minutes left.
Wycombe had to come from behind to claim a 1-1 draw at home to Roy Evans' Swindon side. On loan midfielder Wayne Carlisle had put Town in front after 23 minutes, but another player on loan - Richard Walker, levelled matters just before half time. Aston Villa's Walker was then dismissed with just a minute left.
Blackpool pushed themselves into the top half of the table with a 1-0 win over Chesterfield, former Blackburn Rovers striker Graham Fenton bagged the winner with just 20 minutes left.
Bournemouth said goodbye to Dorchester City's ground, as they prepare to move back to Dean Court, in fine style with a 4-2 success over Notts County. Tony Hackworth gave The Magpies the lead after just three minutes and they doubled their lead 20 minutes later when Danny Allsopp fired home. But Sean O'Drsicoll's men produced a wonderful comeback and went into half time 3-2 up with goals from Wade Elliott (37pen & 45pen) and Carl Fletcher (41). Warren Feeney then put the result beyond doubt with a goal after 71 minutes, that was after Paul Grayson had been sent-off for Notts County.
Cambridge moved out of the relegation zone after their 3-3 draw with Northampton, but will be thinking that they should have taken all three points. Dave Kitson (18) and French starlet Armand One (29) put Cambridge 2-0 up, before Marco Gabbiadini scored his 200th league goal to bring The Cobblers back into the game. One then grabbed his second just three minutes before half time and that looked to have sealed the win. But two penalties from Jamie Forrester (71 & 87) gave Northampton a valuable point.
Wigan remain deep in relegation trouble, after a poor 1-0 home defeat to Port Vale. Chris Kilen scored the only goal after 21 minutes.
Paul Rideout's last minute goal at Ninian Park gave Tranmere a 1-1 draw, after Jason Bowen had given the Welsh side the lead after 39 minutes.
Finally, Oldham and QPR look set in mid-table after their 1-1 draw at Loftus Road. Dodou put Rangers in front after 26 minutes, but Stuart Balmer made sure the points were shared with his goal just after the hour mark.
Click below for match summaries:
Blackpool 1 Chesterfield 0
Bournemouth 4 Notts County 2
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Colchester United 0
Bury 2 Peterborough United 0
Cambridge United 3 Northampton Town 3
Cardiff City 1 Tranmere Rovers 1
Huddersfield Town 5 Wrexham 1
QPR 1 Oldham Athletic 1
Reading 1 Brentford 2
Stoke City 1 Bristol City 0
Wigan Athletic 0 Port Vale 1
Wycombe Wanderers 1 Swindon Town 1