SEVENTH HEAVEN FOR SHREWS
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
For Luke Rodgers it was an especially strange day as he cracked a hat-trick but was then sent-off for a second bookable offence to leave Shrewsbury down to ten men.
Shrewsbury had managed eight goals in 16 away games before their encounter with Rochdale and this result will go a long way to alleviate their relegation worries.
At St James' Park it was Christian Roberts who proved to be the hero as his goal six minutes before the interval gave Exeter all three points at home to Carlisle.
The result leaves the border side rooted to the bottom, a point behind Lincoln City, yet their game advantage over other teams is now limited to Torquay and Exeter, who are six and seven points ahead of them respectively.
At the top, second placed Brighton were made to work hard for their point at home, in a surprise 1-1 draw with York City.
Gary Hart opened the scoring for the home side in the 55th minute, only for Steve Agnew to equalise 13 minutes later.
Chesterfield continued their blistering pace at the top with a 2-1 home win over Blackpool.
An early goal by Ryan Williams was cancelled out by Richard Wellens, 11 minutes into the second half, only for Lawrie Dudfield to squeak a winner with eight minutes remaining.
Hull won their fifth successive game as a second half brace by John Eyre was enough to see off Mark Gower's 23rd minute opener.
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Brighton & Hove Albion 1 York City 1
Chesterfield 2 Blackpool 1
Darlington 1 Macclesfield Town 1
Exeter City 1 Carlisle United 0
Halifax Town 2 Torquay United 1
Hartlepool United 1 Mansfield Town 1
Hull City 2 Barnet 1
Lincoln City 2 Leyton Orient 3
Plymouth Argyle 0 Cheltenham Town 0
Rochdale 1 Shrewsbury Town 7
Scunthorpe United 1 Southend United 1