Pool held but extend lead
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hartlepool had the better of the chances at the Abbey Stadium, however they will be happy with a point following Rushden's 3-0 away defeat to Oxford at the Kassam stadium.
Andy Crosby's fired United ahead from the spot on 51 minutes, before a late brace from David Savage sealed the points.
Pool's other main rivals Bury crashed to a surprise defeat against Harriers, but gave the home side a shock before the win was secure.
The Shakers found themselves three down just after the hour mark following goals from Sean Parrish and a brace from Andy Bishop, however the visitors netted consolations through Ian Lawson and Steve Redmond.
At the bottom end of the table Carlisle boosted their prospects of avoiding the drop with an emphatic 3-0 home win over Leyton Orient.
Striker Craig Farrell was the hero netting twice in the second half, whilst Lee Maddison scored the other goal sandwiched in between Farrell's brace.
Swansea pulled themselves closer to the sides above them, and ended their run of defeats, with a 2-0 home win over Lincoln.
Kevin Nugent put City ahead just before the break, and John Williams secured the priceless win with a second on 67 minutes.
None of the bottom six sides lost following Boston's goalless home draw with Bristol Rovers, whilst a last-gasp Sean Devine equaliser rescued a point for 10-man Exeter at Macclesfield after they had fallen behind to a Danny Whitaker goal.
Scunthorpe, who leap-frogged Bury, maintained their excellent run of form with a convincing 4-1 win over Southend at Glanford Park.
Free-scoring Martin Carruthers put the home side ahead, however Jay Smith equalised for the visitors just six minutes later.
Normal service was resumed before half-time as further goals from Ian Kilford (pictured), Alex Calvo-Garcia and Paul Hayes earned United all three points.
Elsewhere, in the Yorkshire derby York earned a share of spoils with a 0-0 draw away to Hull, whilst Shrewsbury failed to break-down a resolute defence against Wrexham at Gay Meadow in a goalless encounter.
Torquay, like Scunthorpe, kept the pressure on the leading pack with a home win - this time over Darlington.
The visitors started the better of the sides at Plainmoor, and took the lead on 18 minutes, with Barry Conlon netting his 50th career goal.
The Gulls were on level terms just minutes later through Martin Grittin, and took the lead from the spot through Alex Russell, before David Woozley sealed the points.
Division Three match stats:
Boston 0 Bristol Rovers 0
Cambridge 0 Hartlepool 0
Carlisle 3 Leyton Orient 0
Hull 0 York 0
Kidderminster 3 Bury 2
Macclesfield 1 Exeter 1
Oxford 3 Rushden 0
Scunthorpe 4 Southend 1
Swansea 2 Lincoln 0
Torquay 3 Darlington 1
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