Pool top after Tinkler hat-trick
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tinkler and Marcus Richardson fired the home side into an early two-goal advantage, before Lee Jones pulled a goal back for The Red Dragons.
The 27-year-old completed his hat-trick with a goal either side of half time to seal the three points, although the home side were made to sweat on the result after Lee Trundle and Hector Sam netted further goals for the visitors.
Torquay missed the chance to maintain the pressure on the leaders after crashing to Peter Taylor's Hull City 4-1.
Following a tense opening period Ian Ashbee put The Tigers ahead with a goal just before the break, and doubled their advantage when Phil Jevons scored moments after the break.
Kevin Hill gave the home side hope when he pulled a goal back on 65 minutes, however the joy was short-lived when John Anderson and Stuart Green completed the rout for Hull.
Elsewhere, Boston pulled away from the danger zone after an impressive 3-2 away win over Darlington at the Feethams.
The visitors were indebted to hat-trick hero Lee Thompson, who bagged all three goals for The Pirates, however Darlo almost salvaged a point from the game when Ian Clark and Barry Conlon netted late on.
Carlisle slipped to the foot of the table despite drawing at Macclesfield, thanks to Swansea's solitary one-goal victory over Southend at Vetch Field.
Leon Osman netted his first senior goal to give United the early lead, however goals from David Eaton and Chris Priest put Macclesfield in front on 59 minutes.
The visitors rescued a late point Brendon McGill equalised with only ten minutes remaining, with a close-range strike past Steve Wilson.
The Swans secured all three points against The Shrimpers thanks to a goal from James Thomas from the penalty spot just seven minutes into the second half.
Rochdale missed the opportunity to keep up the pressure on the league leaders after crashing a 2-1 home defeat against Scunthorpe.
Martin Carruthers fired The Iron into a two-goal lead, with Matthew Sparrow be shown a red card in between the goals, however a solitary Paul Simpson goal was all the home side could muster.
Rushden and Diamonds suffered their third defeat of the season after a 1-0 defeat at home to Bury.
Chris Billy was the hero for The Shakers scoring the only goal of the game on the stroke of half time.
Andy Scott rescued a late point against Cambridge after Shane Tudor fired the home side ahead on 28 minutes.
Any home The U's had of sneaking a late winner evaporated with Warren Goodhind was shown a late red card.
Meanwhile, Leyton Orient and Bournemouth shared a point a piece in a goalless draw at Brisbane Road, whilst Cilla Black's nephew Scott Willes earned Lincoln City all three points at home to Exeter.
Kidderminster Harriers maintained their solid start to the new campaign after a 3-2 away win over Shrewsbury.
Bo Henriksen fired the visitors ahead after only five minutes, however a brace from Ryan lowe turned the game on its head.
Vitally for The Harriers Danny Williams equalised on the stroke of half time, before an own goal by David Artell handed the visitors all three points ten minutes after the interval.
York City avoided their sixth defeat of the season when Stephen Brackstone netter a late equaliser with virtually the last kick of the game against Bristol Rovers.
It all start brightly for the home side when the club's top goal-scorer Peter Duffield fired City ahead on 39 minutes.
Just a minute later the visitors restored parity when Anwar Ludin levelled matters. Rovers even went in ahead at the break when Latvian striker Vitalijevs scored on 44 minutes.
Just when it looked like Rovers were going to leave Bootham Crescent with all the points, Brackstone intervened to earn The Mistermen a share of the spoils.
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Cambridge 1 Oxford 1
Darlington 2 Boston 3
Hartlepool 4 Wrexham 3
Leyton Orient 0 Bournemouth 0
Lincoln 1 Exeter 0
Macclesfield 2 Carlisle 2
Rochdale 1 Scunthorpe 2
Rushden 0 Bury 1
Shrewsbury 2 Kidderminster 3
Swansea 1 Southend 0
Torquay 1 Hull City 4
York City 2 Bristol Rovers 2
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