Crewe on the Hulse
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Anything but a victory would of handed Cardiff City the chance to leapfrog them in the league, however The Alex are now five points clear though The Bluebirds who have a game in hand.
An own goal from keeper Clayton Ince put the home side ahead after he failed to deal with Mike Sheron's cross-shot that crashed off the inside of the post.
The visitors' reply was immediate and it was Neil Sorvel who levelled matters moments later with a long-range effort, before Rob Hulse settled the tie in the second half.
The division's new champions Wigan kept up their superb run of form with a 3-1 home victory over Oldham Athletic at the JJB Stadium.
Oldham had only lost once away from home all season, but tasted defeat again despite taking the lead through Wayne Andrews.
Neil Roberts levelled matters with a back post header, before Jimmy Bullard and another from Roberts in the second half settled the tie.
Tranmere kept themselves in the hunt for a play-off place with a stunning second period display against Northampton Town at Prenton Park.
The defeat for The Cobblers spells relegation, though it took 60 minutes for the home side to finally get that all-important goal.
Shane Nicholson was the hero scoring from the penalty spot before Simon Howarth doubled their advantage seconds later.
Two goals in injury time from Iain Anderson and Alex Hay finished off the visitors and put a flattering 4-0 scoreline on the contest in the process.
QPR maintained their five-point gap ahead of in-form Rovers with a crucial 2-0 home victory over Notts County.
Paul Furlong scored after just 16 minutes, though the home side had to wait until the end of the game before Richard Langley made sure of the points.
Mansfield kept alive their slim chances of avoiding the drop following a thrilling 3-3 draw against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
Jamie Clarke fired The Stage ahead though a brace of goals from Matthew Blinkhorn, his first in senior football, gave the home side a slender half-time lead.
Goals from Colin Larkin and Andy White had looked enough to give Keith Curle's side all the points until Scott Taylor snatched a last-gasp draw in injury time.
A win for Chesterfield would have sent Mansfield down, however a brace of goals from Mickael Antoine-Curier gave Brentford a 2-0 win at Saltergate.
Cheltenham closed within a point of The Spireites after Mike Duff equalised Andy Clarke's strike on 64 minutes to hand The Robins a late 1-1 draw with Peterborough.
Huddersfield's hopes of avoiding the drop suffered a blow following a late 2-1 away defeat at the hands of Stockport County.
Veteran striker Andy Booth gave The Terriers an early lead, though two late goals from Jon Daly and Aaron Wilbraham turned the match on its head and left Town with nothing.
Port Vale gained a point in their battle against relegation after a 1-1 home draw with Wycombe but will be ruing failing to capitalising on a great start.
Adrian Littlejohn fired Vale ahead just five minutes in, though Neil Brisco was shown the red card shortly after.
Wanderers came into the game more and levelled matters just before the hour mark to nick a point.
Luton put Colchester to the sword at Layer Road running out 5-0 winners, with Steve Howard grabbing a hat-trick for The Hatters.
A brace from Howard along with further goals from Carl Griffiths and Kevin Nicholls put the visitors firmly in command for a 4-0 half-time lead.
Howard completed his hat-trick in injury time to round off a convincing win, though many of the home fans had already left their seats for the exits.
Click below for Nationwide Division Two summaries:
Barnsley 1-2 Crewe
Blackpool 3-3 Mansfield
Cheltenham 1-1 Peterborough
Chesterfield 0-2 Brentford
Colchester 0-5 Luton
Port Vale 1-1 Wycombe
QPR 2-0 Notts County
Stockport 2-1 Huddersfield
Tranmere 4-0 Northampton
Wigan 3-1 Oldham
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