DIVISION TWO ROUND-UP
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Two penalties from Stephen Hunt (8, 87) and further goals from Jay Tabb (36) and Ben May (78) were enough to give the home side a shock win over Brighton.
Bournemouth moved up to second place with an amazing 6-3 win over Luton.
Steve Fletcher fired the hosts in front on seven minutes before an own goal from Stephen Purches three minutes later drew Luton level.
Paul Hughes gave the visitors the lead on 25 minutes before three goals in eleven minutes from Brian Stock (34 Garreth O'Connor (42) and Fletcher (45) turned the game on its head.
Adrian Forbes pulled one back for Luton on the hour, but Stock restored the two-goal cushion with his second two minutes later.
Wade Elliot completed the scoring with the sixth on 67 minutes to seal a remarkable win.
Port Vale kept pace with the leading pack with a 2-0 victory over QPR at Vale Park.
Billy Paynter fired the home side in front after just three minutes and Stephen McPhee doubled the lead six minutes later.
The hosts were reduced to ten men with Steve Rowland dismissed on 50 minutes, but they held on for the win.
Barnsley climbed up to fourth with an impressive 3-2 win at Peterborough.
Leon McKenzie fired the hosts in front on 27 minutes but Kevin Betsy levelled ten minutes later.
McKenzie restored the lead just before half time, but second half goals from Isaiah Rankine (47) and Steven Carson (63) earned the visitors all three points.
Struggling Wycombe picked up a priceless three points with a 3-0 win over ten-man Bristol City.
The visitors were reduced to ten men when Tommy Doherty saw red for violent conduct on 36 minutes and the hosts made them pay with a double from Gavin Holligan (40, 70) and a Jermaine McSporran strike (90) giving Wycombe the spoils.
Hartlepool moved up to seventh and sent Chesterfield to bottom of the table with a 2-1 win at Saltergate.
An Ian Evatt own goal (26) had given Hartlepool the lead before Jamie Cade levelled for Chesterfield on 53 minutes.
Paul Robinson netted the winner for Pools on 76 minutes to compound Chesterfield's misery.
Sammy McIllroy is still looking for his first win as Stockport boss after his side went down 3-1 at home to Colchester.
Colchester raced into a three-goal lead with goals from Craig Fagan (26) Wayne Andrews (34) and Rowan Vine (47) to wrap up the game with Jim Godwin's penalty on 58 minutes proving to be no more than a consolation.
Gary Jones' last -gasp goal gave Tranmere a narrow 1-0 victory over Swindon at Prenton Park.
Eugene Dadi missed a second half penalty for the hosts, but Jones saved his blushes with the late winner.
Two goals from Michael Boudling (23, 63) gave Grimsby a comfortable 2-0 win over Notts County at Blundell Park.
Wrexham moved into the top half of the table with a thumping 4-0 win over Oldham.
Lee Jones sent the home side on their way with the opener on 32 minutes and Carlos Edwards added a second four minutes before the break.
Dennis Lawrence got into the act five minutes after the restart and Mark Jones completed the rout with the fourth a minute from time.
Rushden & Diamonds got the better of Blackpool after a five-goal thriller at Bloomfield Road.
John Murphy gave the hosts the ideal start with the opener after just four minutes, but goals either side of half time from Andy Burgess (45) Rodney Jack (46) put Rushden in front.
Paul Kitson added a third on 55 minutes and although Murphy pulled one back seven minutes later the visitors held on for the win.
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Blackpool v Rushden
Bournemouth v Luton
Brentford v Brighton
Chesterfield v Hartlepool
Grimsby v Notts County
Peterborough v Barnsley
Port Vale v QPR
Stockport v Colchester
Tranmere v Swindon
Wrexham v Oldham
Wycombe v Bristol City
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