Wrexham cut down Diamonds
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Trinidad & Tobago international Carlos Edwards added to his fantastic week, which saw him sign a two-year extension with The Dragons, by cutting inside on his left foot on 11 minutes to open the scoring with an unstoppable shot from the edge of the 18-yard box.
Edwards then turned provider as he set up Andrew Morrell on 62 before the hit-man notched his 24th strike of the season on 79 minutes as Denis Smith's side cemented their place firmly in the play-off picture.
Bournemouth took time to get into their stride and had to sustain some early Darlington pressure who dominated the opening exchanges before they were undone by a sucker punch on 28 minutes when Garreth O'Connor controlled the ball well from a corner before unleashing a low drive that left the goalkeeper with no chance.
James Hayter confirmed his side's dominance in the second half at Dean Court when he drilled home from six yards after O'Connor made good in-roads down the right hand side.
The win moves Bournemouth above Bury into third place as they were held to a draw against table toppers Hartlepool on Friday night.
Macclesfield managed to hold Scunthorpe United to a 1-1 draw at Glanford Park and did well to salvage a point after Paul Hayes headed home Peter Beagrie's right footed cross on 53 minutes.
Matthew Tipton equalised for Macclesfield on 71 minutes and the point keeps them just above Exeter City at the bottom and still in the relegation places but Scunthorpe are still nicely poised in the play-off frame.
Oxford United slip out of the play-off places as they were held away from home by mid-table Hull City.
The result is enough though to push Hull above Cambridge United into 12th place in Division Three.
Ben Futcher's goal after only 10 minutes was enough for Lincoln to walk away from Roots Hall with all three points leaving Shrimpers boss Rob Newman once again annoyed with his troops at home.
Lincoln now occupy fourth place and will be looking to hunt down third place Bournemouth for an automatic promotion spot.
Ezomo Iriekpen put Cambridge on the front foot from the off as York failed to deal with the U's early pressure rifling home inside five minutes with a right-footed effort from the edge of the box.
Jonathan Parkin then levelled things with his 10th of the season on 47 before Lee Nogan restored Wrexham's advantage just over a minute later before Anthony Shrandan completed the rout on 90 to boost York's Play-Off chances.
Torquay and Swansea played out a 0-0 draw in a result that does neither side any real favours.
Swansea have played two games more than most of the sides around them and will nervously look over their shoulders as Carlisle and Macclesfield look to take advantage of their games in hand.
Lee Thorpe scored for the Leyton Orient on the stroke of half-time when he notched his seventh of the season when he slotted home from Ciaran Toner's pass.
The goal was the first goal Paul Brush's men had managed at Brisbane Road in four games but Sean Devine rescued a point for Exeter in the dying moments with his fifth goal for the club, although they still prop up the rest of the Division.
Boston United and Carlisle could only play out a 0-0 draw and were also joined in a scoreless match by Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town which leaves all four clubs deep in trouble at the wrong end of the table.
Click below for match summaries:
Boston 0-0 Carlisle
Bournemouth 2-0 Darlington
Bristol Rovers 0-0 Shrewsbury
Hull 0-0 Oxford
Leyton Orient 1-0 Exeter
Scunthorpe 1-1 Macclesfield
Southend 0-1 Lincoln
Torquay 0-0 Swansea
Wrexham 3-0 Rushden
York 3-1 Cambridge
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