Pool stay clear
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A brace from Richie Humphreys (36, 49) put Mike Newell's side in total control but they were made to hold on for the win when Darly Sutch pulled one back for the visitors on 74 minutes.
Rushden cemented their place in second spot with a hard-fought 4-2 win over Hull.
The home side got off to a flying start opening the scoring after just two minutes with an unfortunate own goal from Damien Delaney but loan signing from Liverpool John Ostemobor levelled for Hull after 59 minutes despite being reduced to ten men with Justin Whittle seeing red before the break.
Fellow loan signing Jonathan Walters fired Hull in front four minutes later, but Paul Hall equalised for the hosts five minutes later.
Onandi Lowe fired Rushden in front three minutes from time and Stuart Wardley completed the comeback with the fourth in injury time.
Scunthorpe rose to fourth spot after a 1-1 draw at Torquay.
Matthew Sparrow fired the visitors in front after just eight minutes, but Simon Clist's late leveller on 83 minutes denied Scunthorpe all three points.
Bournemouth drop down to fourth after going down to a 1-0 defeat at York.
Jonathan Parkin hit the only goal of the game four minutes after the restart for the home side.
Carlisle leapfrogged Swansea into third from bottom with a priceless 2-1 win over Brian Flynn's men at the Vetch Field.
Craig Farrell fired the visitors in front on 73 minutes from the penalty spot after Lee Jenkins was sent off for deliberate handball.
Brendan McGill added a second a minute from time and despite John Williams pulling one back in injury time Carlisle held on for all three points.
Bristol Rovers continued their resurgence with an impressive 2-1 win at Leyton Orient.
Guiliano Grazioli fired Rovers in front on 13 minutes but Matt Lockwood equalised for Orient three minutes before the break making no mistake from the penalty spot.
Paul Tait fired the winner for the visitors 18 minutes from time to boost their survival hopes.
Exeter remain rooted to the bottom despite grabbing a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Darlington.
Carl Pettefer gave the basement boys the perfect start with the opener after 19 minutes but Danny Mellanby levelled for the home side two minutes after the restart.
Mellanby then turned things on its head with his second just five minutes later to give Darlington the lead.
Sean Devine earned the visitors a precious point with a 70th minute equaliser.
Oxford boosted their promotion hopes with a fine 2-1 win at Shrewsbury.
David Waterman gave Oxford the lead on 21 minutes, but Jamie Tolley squared things up right on half time.
Jefferson Louis netted the winner for the visitors a minute after the break.
Kidderminster kept their promotion bid alive with a superb 2-0 win at Cambridge.
J-J Melligan fired them in front on 66 minutes and Wes Morgan wrapped up the win with the second seven minutes later.
Promotion chasers Lincoln and Wrexham shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw at Sincil Bank.
Simon Weaver gave Lincoln the lead on 51 minutes, but the prolific Andy Morrell earned the visitors a point with an equaliser seven minutes later.
Rochadale climbed further away from trouble with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Boston.
Lee McEvilly's 75th minute penalty was enough to give Rochdale all three points.
Macclesfield grabbed a hard-fought point in their battle against the drop with a goalless draw with Bury.
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Cambridge v Kidderminster
Darlington v Exeter
Hartlepool v Southend
Leyton Orient v Bristol Rovers
Lincoln v Wrexham
Macclesfield v Bury
Rochdale v Boston
Rushden v Hull
Shrewsbury v Oxford
Swansea v Carlisle
Torquay v Scunthorpe
York v Bournemouth
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