LATE KEITH GOAL SEALS ARGYLE WIN
By Stuart James
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Argyle appeared to be heading for a goalless draw against the League new boys, but Keith's late strike eventually broke a stubborn Diamonds rearguard.
Carl Hutchings had given Southend the lead against Joe Kinnear's second placed Luton, but The Hatters made amends for their FA Cup defeat to the Essex side to claim a 2-1 win.
Dean Crowe hauled The Hatters level on 68 minutes before Matthew Taylor netted the winner with six minutes remaining.
Mansfield move back into third place, but they needed a 90th minute Allen Tankard strike to see off Macclesfield at Moss Rose.
Hull crashed to a 3-0 defeat at in-form Kidderminster, where Bo Henrikson was again on the scoresheet.
Henrikson broke the deadlock on 25 minutes before on-loan Wolves striker Colin Larkin doubled their lead. Dean Bennett wrapped up with the points to end another good month for Jan Molby's side.
Rochdale failed to close the gap on the leaders as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Exeter City.
Kevin Townson lobbed Dale in front inside two minutes, but The Grecians earned a deserved share of the spoils thanks to Alex Watson's second half strike.
Highest scorers of the day were Oxford who thumped hapless Halifax 6-1.
Paul Moody (pictured) grabbed a hat-trick, while Andrew Scott, Dave Savage and Manny Omoyinmi got in on the act as The U's went goal crazy.
Paul Harsley grabbed The Shaymen's goal and their misery was confounded with the dismissals of Jamie Wood and Paul Stoneman.
Bristol Rovers continued their recent resurgence with a 1-0 win against Darlington at the Memorial Ground.
Nathan Ellington grabbed the only goal of the game for The Pirates.
Cheltenham came from two-goals down to earn a share of the spoils in their clash with Swansea at Whaddon Road.
John Williams and Steve Brodie gave The Swans a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes, but Steve Cotterill's side hit back through two goals in a minute from Julian Alsop and Tony Naylor.
Lincoln were victorious in their derby clash with Scunthorpe in front of over 5,000 at Sincil Bank.
Alex Calvo-Garcia cancelled out David Cameron's early strike, but Peter Gain put The Imps back in front on the stroke of half time.
Peter Beagrie leveled from the spot, but Lee Thorpe grabbed the winner with 14 minutes remaining.
York came from a goal down to earn a point at home to Shrewsbury, who had veteran striker Nigel Jemson sent off.
Ryan Lowe pout the Shrews in front, but Lee Nogan leveled 10 minutes into the second half, before Jemson was sent off for unsporting behaviour.
Hartlepool got their promotion push back on track with a comfortable 3-1 win at home to Leyton Orient.
Gordon Watson and Paul Smith put Chris Turner's side 2-0 in front before Andy Harris pulled a goal back for The O's. However, Mark Tinkler made it 3-1 to ensure a long trip back down the M1 for the London club.
Meanwhile, Carlisle's clash with fellow strugglers Torquay was postponed because of snow.
Click on a link below for the full match facts:
Bristol Rovers 1-0 Darlington
Carlisle United P-P Torquay United
Cheltenham Town 2-2 Swansea City
Exeter City 1-1 Rochdale
Hartlepool United v Leyton Orient
Kidderminster Harriers 3-0 Hull City
Lincoln City 3-2 Scunthorpe United
Macclesfield Town 0-1 Mansfield Town
Oxford United 6-1 Halifax Town
Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Rushden & Diamonds
Southend United 1-2 Luton Town
York City 1-1 Shrewsbury Town
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