Rushden lose ground on Pool
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hartlepool fans will have arrived at Victoria Park expecting a comfortable win, however it was not until the last fifteen minutes until Richie Humphreys and Adam Boyd scored though Justin Walker did pull a goal back from the penalty spot.
Pool's win was made even better despite Paul Hall late goal for Rushden, as the second-placed side could only scrape a draw at Feethams.
Richard Hodgson fired the home side ahead on 51 minutes, though Andy Burgess levelled matter minutes later from the penalty spot.
Matthew Clarke had thought he had given Darlo all three points with a goal on 69 minutes, before Hall's late intervention.
Bury also lost ground on the leaders following a 1-1 draw against Torquay at Plainmoor. Alex Russell opened the scoring the home side after 12 minutes, though Chris Billy equalised just before the break.
It what was a superb day for Hartlepool, with Oxford also slipped up crashing 2-1 against Rochdale at Spotland.
Dave Savage equalised Michael Oliver's opener though Gavin Melaugh stole a point with the last kick of the game.
Bristol Rovers slumped to the foot of the table following a 2-2 away draw to Southend, whilst Boston won 1-0 at home to Scunthorpe and Swansea secured a vital 3-1 away victory over Macclesfield.
Former Yeovil striker Barrington Belgrave put The Shimpers ahead though goals from Adam Barrett and Kevin Street put the visitors ahead, however Kevin Maher scored to earn a share of the spoils.
Boston looked all set to earn a point at home to Scunthorpe though Richard Logan popped up in the last second to nick an invaluable winner.
Kristian O'Leary put the ball into his own net to bring Macclesfield level 1-1 following Steve Watkin's opener, though further goals from Jason Smith and new signing Roberto Martinez earned The Swans all the points.
Hull and Leyton Orient both lost 1-0 at home, with Stuart Bimson and Anthony Shandran netting the winning goals respectively.
Bournemouth restored their promotion challenge with a 2-0 win at Dean Court over Wrexham with Warren Feeney netting both goals in a three minute spell.
Cambridge United went goal crazy at home to Shrewsbury netting an impressive 5-0 win, thanks to a brace of goals from Dave Kitson and Tom Youngs.
Kitson opened the scoring after just four minutes, whilst Youngs netted his second late on, with Omer Riza also scoring in between.
Carlisle United had looked on course for a priceless win over Kidderminster before Dion Scott's late intervention.
Richie Foren opened the scoring for The Cumbrians, though Bo Henriksen levelled matters on the half hour mark.
Adam Rundle restored the home side's advantage just before the break, however it was not enough and Scott rescued a point for the visitors.
Division Three Match Stats:
Boston 1-0 Scunthorpe
Bournemouth 2-0 Wrexham
Cambridge 5-0 Shrewsbury
Carlisle 2-2 Kidderminster
Darlington 2-2 Rushden
Hartlepool 2-1 Exeter
Hull 0-1 Lincoln
Leyton Orient 0-1 York
Macclesfield 1-3 Swansea
Rochdale 2-1 Oxford
Southend 2-2 Bristol Rovers
Torquay 1-1 Bury
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