Wigan cruise on
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Jewell's side took a two-goal lead into the break, thanks to goals by Gary Teale and Tony Dinning.
David Reeves pulled one back for the away side from the penalty spot in the second half but Andy Liddell restored The Latics' two-goal cushion with a penalty of his own, as Wigan edge closer to the league title.
Crewe Alexandra lost ground on the league leaders after going down to a late Leon McKenzie goal [pictured], as Peterborough United surprised The Railwaymen 1-0 at Gresty Road.
Cardiff City missed the chance to overtake second place Crewe, after being held to a 1-1 draw at Stockport County in the early kick-off on Saturday.
Carlton Palmer's side took the lead midway through the first half, thanks to a strike from Peter Clark.
The second half saw the match take a frightening turn for The Bluebirds, when defender Steve Jenkins collided with his own goalkeeper Neil Alexander during a Stockport corner.
Jenkins collapsed to the ground and needed the assistance of breathing apparatus as he was stretchered off the Edgeley Park pitch and taken to hospital, with Andy Legg replacing him with 18 minutes remaining.
Despite fears over Jenkins' fitness, Lennie Lawrence's men salvaged a point with nine minutes to go, as Peter Thorne equalised for the high-flying Welsh side.
Oldham Athletic pulled to within a point of The Bluebirds after a late penalty from Fitz Hall gave Iain Dowie's side a 1-0 victory in an ill-tempered match at Mansfield Town.
The Latics seemed in trouble when David Eyres was sent off for violent conduct in the first half but that was soon evened up, as The Stags lost Rhys Day for two yellow card offences.
Hall scored his spot-kick with two minutes to go and Mansfield's day was made worse when player-manager Keith Curle was also sent off in injury time at the end of the match.
Bristol City pulled themselves back into the automatic promotion race with a fine 3-1 victory over bottom club Cheltenham Town in a West Country derby at Ashton Gate.
On-loan striker Mark Robins put the home side in front after two minutes before Aaron Brown made it two midway through the first half.
Grant McCann pulled one back for the visitors on the stroke of half-time but were unable to get an equaliser, as Liam Rosenior sealed the three points for Danny Wilson's men with a third goal in the last minute.
Swindon Town recorded a good result with a 3-1 win at home to promotion-chasing QPR at the County Ground.
Danny Shittu had put Rangers in front after a quarter of an hour but Steve Robinson soon equalised for the Wiltshire club three minutes later.
Two goals in the space of four minutes in the second half from Sam Parkin and Matthew Heywood took the points for Andy King's side.
Blackpool and Tranmere Rovers are now level on points with QPR, with The Seasiders back in contention for a play-off place with a 1-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers.
John Murphy's first half strike was enough for Steve McMahon's side, who lost Richie Wellens to two yellow card offences right at the end of the match.
Tranmere clinched a good away win at Brentford, winning 2-1 with goals from Iain Hume and Ian Sharps. Ibrahima Sonko replied late on for The Bees.
Luton Town lost ground on the play-off places after losing 2-1 at Notts County, with Paul Heffernan's late brace giving the points to The Magpies at Meadow Lane. Tony Thorpe replied late on for the visiting Hatters.
Plymouth Argyle missed a chance to close the gap on the clubs above them in the table after being held to a 1-1 draw by Barnsley at Home Park.
Graham Coughlan had put The Pilgrims in front after a quarter of an hour but Bruce Dyer's second half equaliser meant a share of the points in Devon.
New Colchester United boss Phil Parkinson had a glorious start to his new career as a club manager, after The U's ran out 4-1 winners over struggling Port Vale at Layer Road.
A hat-trick by Gareth Williams put the Essex club on their way, as Joe Keith added a fourth goal for the home side. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson got The Valiants' only goal in an otherwise sound drubbing for the visitors.
Huddersfield Town have pulled themselves out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at home to struggling Northampton Town.
Two goals just before the break from Simon Baldry and Martin Smith took The Terriers up to 19th place, as Cobblers caretaker boss Martin Wilkinson suffered a tough start in charge of the Sixfields Stadium outfit, following the sacking of Terry Fenwick earlier this week.
Click below for match stats:
Blackpool 1-0 Wycombe
Brentford 1-2 Tranmere
Bristol City 3-1 Cheltenham
Colchester 4-1 Port Vale
Crewe 0-1 Peterborough
Huddersfield 2-0 Northampton
Mansfield 0-1 Oldham
Notts County 2-1 Luton
Plymouth 1-1 Barnsley
Stockport 1-1 Cardiff
Swindon 3-1 QPR
Wigan 3-1 Chesterfield
Click here for an updated Division Two table.