Argyle silence Tigers' roar
By Stuart James
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ian Stonebridge grabbed the only goal of the game and the win takes Argyle two points clear of second-placed Luton, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Cheltenham.
Tony Naylor had given Steve Cotterill's Robins the lead midway through the first half, but Steven Howard spared The Hatters' blushes with a second half leveller.
Stuart Watkiss's first game in charge of Mansfield ended in disappointment as he saw The Stags crash to a 1-0 defeat at Southend.
Tesfaye Bramble, so often the scourge of Third Division defences this season, was again tormentor in chief with the only goal of the game.
Shrewsbury were seconds away from all three points in their clash at Hartlepool.
Gordon Watson had given the home side the lead and the writing appeared to be on the wall when The Shrews had Darren Moss sent off for his second yellow card.
However, Kevin Ratcliffe's troops rallied and goals from Karl Murray and Luke Rodgers saw them take a 2-1 lead before David Lee grabbed a last gasp equaliser for the home side.
FA Cup heroes Leyton Orient were brought crashing down to earth as Carlisle went goal crazy at Brunton Park.
Ian Stevens, who was transfer listed by Cumbrians boss Roddy Collins earlier this season, bagged a first half hat-trick and further strikes from Steve Soley and Richie Foran saw The Cumbrians race into an emphatic 5-0 lead after just 32 minutes.
Wayne Gray's strike made it five goals in five game since his arrival on-loan from Wimbledon, but it proved little more than scant consolation for the Londoners as Brendan McGill made it 6-1.
Kidderminster recorded their third win of the season against Darlington as an Andy Ducros goal saw them move into the play-off zone, but Exeter slip further away from the top ten as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Halifax.
Rushden & Diamonds romped to a 4-2 win against Lincoln, but they made hard work of securing all three points.
Jamaican duo Onandi Lowe and Paul Hall gave Rushden & Diamonds a two-goal lead, but The Imps came back to level the scores at half time.
Kingsley Black and Tony Battersby made it 2-2 at the interval, but Hall and Duane Darby wrapped up an away win.
Rochdale came out on top of their local derby clash with Macclesfield thanks to Kevin Townson's solitary strike.
Bristol Rovers hot-shot Nathan Ellington put his side in front at home to Scunthorpe, but they had to settle for a point as Alex Calvo-Garcia grabbed an equaliser for The Iron. Oxford continue to improve under Ian Atkins as Swansea were beaten 2-1 at the Kassam Stadium.
Paul Moody and Andy Scott ensured Atkins's side of all three points after Jonathan Coates had given The Swans a shock lead.
Finally, the points were shared in the battle of the relegation contenders York and Torquay, but it will be the away side who are happier with the result.
The Minster Men appeared to have the points in the bag thanks to Lee Bullock's strike, but they could not add to their slender lead and Marcus Richardson bagged a late equaliser for The Gulls.
Click on a link below for the full match facts:
Bristol Rovers 1-1 Scunthorpe
Carlisle 6-1 Leyton Orient
Cheltenham 1-1 Luton
Exeter 0-0 Halifax
Hartlepool 2-2 Shrewsbury
Kidderminster 1-0 Darlington
Lincoln 2-4 Rushden & Diamonds
Macclesfield 0-1 Rochdale
Oxford 2-1 Swansea
Plymouth 1-0 Hull City
Southend 1-0 Mansfield
York 1-1 Torquay
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