Rushden close in on Pool
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Brian Talbot's side ground out a priceless 2-0 victory at mid-table Kidderminster thanks to two strikes from Jamaican international Paul Hall (pictured).
The former Portsmouth midfielder pounced to drill home from 18 yards after just fifteen minutes, and added a second twenty minutes from time.
Scunthorpe United jumped four places to third spot after overcoming a resolute Leyton Orient 2-1 at Glanford Park.
Goals from Matthew Sparrow and former Wigan man Ian Kilford cancelled out a Dean Smith effort for the Londoners.
Peter Taylor's Hull City wasted the chance to climb into the play-off places, as Exeter City stole a late point at the new Kingston Communications stadium.
Northern Irish international Stuart Elliott struck twice midway through the second period to put Hull in control.
But on-loan Scott Partridge pulled one back for Exeter, and although the visitors were reduced to ten men after Graeme Fowler saw red, veteran striker Steve Flack earned City a share of the spoils in the final minute.
Torquay did their promotion prospects no harm with a comfortable 3-1 victory over York City at Plainmoor which takes them fourth in the table.
Martin Gritton struck for the hosts after just five minutes, and although Peter Duffield equalised almost immediately for The Minstermen from the spot, further goals from Gritton and Tony Bedeau sealed the Gulls' triumph.
Meanwhile, a total of eight games fell foul of the adverse weather conditions in the division.
Third Division match stats:
Boston P Wrexham P
Cambridge P Bournemouth P
Carlisle P Lincoln P
Hull 2-2 Exeter
Kidderminster 0-2 Rushden & Diamonds
Macclesfield P Hartlepool P
Oxford P Darlington P
Rochdale P Bristol Rovers P
Scunthorpe 2-1 Leyton Orient
Shrewsbury P Southend P
Swansea P Bury P
Torquay 3-1 York
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