Valiants beat Bees to go top
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Billy Paynter's strike just after the hour mark gave Brian Horton's side all three points, as Wally Downes's men had no answer to The Valiants in the Potteries.
Barnsley stay second after being held to a 1-1 draw by bottom club Notts County at Oakwell.
In-form Dean Gorre scored two minutes after the break for The Tykes but Billy Dearden's Magpies earned their first point of the season after Paul Heffernan equalised in the last minute for the East Midlands outfit.
Queens Park Rangers moved up to third following a convincing 3-0 victory over Chesterfield at Loftus Road, as new signing Tony Thorpe scored his first two goals for QPR while Paul Furlong added a third goal three minutes from time.
Brighton & Hove Albion were held to a 3-3 draw at Plymouth Argyle, despite taking a 2-1 lead into the break.
A Paul Connolly own-goal, Guy Butters and Leon Knight scored for The Seagulls but Graham Coughlan, Ian Stonebridge and David Friio gave The Pilgrims a valuable point at Home Park.
Wrexham went down to a 1-0 home defeat against Bournemouth after Stephen Purches's early goal gave all three points to Sean O'Driscoll's side.
Mike Newell's Luton Town got all three points at Kenilworth Road following a 3-2 win over Hartlepool United.
A Steven Howard brace and on loan Gary McSheffrey with the goals for The Hatters while a Darrell Clarke strike and a Paul Robinson penalty were not enough for Pools.
Bristol City soared up the table thanks to a late Christian Roberts winner against Grimsby Town at Ashton Gate.
Swindon Town got two more goals from Tommy Mooney at the County Ground but they were not enough to earn victory, as John Douglas and Scott Taylor earned Blackpool a 2-2 draw in Wiltshire.
Oldham Athletic left it late to defeat Rushden & Diamonds 3-2 at Boundary Park - a John Sheridan penalty after Rushden's Andy Edwards was sent off for a professional foul, Will Haining and Matt O'Halloran scored for The Latics.
Onandi Lowe and Marcus Bignot replied for The Diamonds but O'Halloran's last-minute was the difference in the end.
Tranmere Rovers were held to 1-1 draw by Colchester United at Prenton Park. Gary Jones's opening goal for Rovers was cancelled out by Wayne Andrews in the first half.
Ray Mathias's men finished the match with ten men after Eugene Dadi was sent off for violent conduct in the second half.
Stockport County got goals from the prolific Luke Beckett and Robert Jones to defeat Peterborough United 2-1 to London Road. Leon McKenzie scored late on for Posh.
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Barnsley 1-1 Notts County
Bristol City 1-0 Grimsby
Luton 3-2 Hartlepool
Oldham 3-2 Rushden
Peterborough 1-2 Stockport
Plymouth 3-3 Brighton
Port Vale 1-0 Brentford
QPR 3-0 Chesterfield
Swindon 2-2 Blackpool
Tranmere 1-1 Colchester
Wrexham 0-1 Bournemouth
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