Pool take title to the wire
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pool's win means their final game of the season against leaders Rushden & Diamonds will be the Division Three championship decider while Kevin Ratcliffe's men saw their other relegation rivals all pick up vital points.
Eifion Williams gave Mike Newell's men the lead after 35 minutes before Mark Tinkler (pictured) made it two on half-time with his 13th goal of the season and Kevin Henderson completed the rout on 79 minutes.
Ian Woan saw red for foul play on 80 minutes to add to The Shrews' woes and Ratcliffe's men now stand five points off nearest rivals Exeter City at the foot of the table.
Rushden & Diamonds failed to clinch the Third Division championship after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Leyton Orient.
Wrexham will join already promoted Rushden & Diamonds and Hartlepool United in Division Two next season thanks to an emphatic 5-0 win over Cambridge United.
Paul Barrett (16), Brian Carey (20) and Stephen Roberts from close range on 23 minutes put The Dragons in cruise control to clinch the third and final automatic promotion place.
Paul Edwards and Lee Jones added the fourth and fifth goals (60, 62) to make it five wins in a row for Denis Smith's side as the party kicked off at The Racecourse ground with David Theobold's sending off for The U's on 83 minutes.
Bournemouth will have to console themselves with a place in the play-off's after they failed to beat Lincoln City at Dean Court.
Richard Butcher scored after 28 minutes to inflict only the South Coast side's second home defeat of the season.
Bury kept alive their play-off ambitions thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win at Southend United.
Andy Preece's men took the lead on ten minutes from a Michael Nelson goal but Leon Cort equalised for The Shrimpers just three minutes later.
Lee Connell came up with the winning goal just three minutes after the interval to keep Bury firmly in the play-off picture.
Scunthorpe United remain in the thick of the play-off positions with a 2-0 win over Oxford United at Glanford Park.
Paul Hayes put Brian Laws's men in front with half an hour left and Paul Dalglish made it two on the stroke of full-time as The Iron keep themselves in the play-off hunt.
Survival specialists Carlisle look like performing the great escape again thanks to their 3-2 win over play-off hopefuls Torquay United at Plainmoor.
Striker Craig Russell opened the scoring on the half hour mark before Brian Wake added a second seven minutes later before Mark Summerbell made it three on half-time.
Peter Murphy scored an own goal to give Torquay a glimmer of hope with 20 minutes to go and then Jo Kuffour set the game up for a nervous finish when he made it 3-2 with 13 minutes still to play but it was scant consolation for Leroy Rosenior's side.
Roddy Collins's men have become something of survival specialists over the last five seasons but with several of the other relegation strugglers also picking up points, their survival is not assured just yet.
Exeter City remain in the bottom two but will be buoyed by a rare away win as they beat York City 2-0 at Bootham Crescent.
Exeter's Steve Flack was first to get on the score sheet when he scored after just five minutes, the veteran forward's 12th strike of the season.
James Coppinger doubled the lead on 55 minutes to put a further dent in York's play-off ambitions.
Unfortunately for Exeter, them and the four clubs above them all picked up wins as well.
Hull City recorded a massive 4-1 win over mid-table rivals Kidderminster Harriers at The Kingston Communications Stadium.
Ben Burgess scored with a spot-kick for Hull with just six minutes on the clock before adding a second with seven minutes to go before half-time.
Sean Parrish pulled one back for Harriers with 30 minutes to go before Jonathan Waters made it three with ten to go, and Burgess then completed his hat-trick late on but the defeat finally dispels any thoughts of a play-off place this season.
Andy Rammell, Bristol Rovers' match winner last weekend against Oxford United, was once again the hero as he scored his fourth goal in three games on 23 minutes to put the home side in front.
Rovers were given a shock when Clark Keltie equalised on 67 minutes for Darlo but Wayne Carlise put The Pirates back in front with 15 minutes to spare to win the tie 2-1.
Swansea City showed their battling qualities as they won away from home beating Rochdale 2-1 at The Vetch Field.
Kevin Nugent put the visitors ahead after 18 minutes but Gareth Griffiths pulled a goal back for the home side before Marc Richards popped up with a crucial winner for The Swans in their bid to survive the drop.
It was a successful day all round for the sides at the wrong end of the table as Boston United beat Macclesfield Town 2-1 at York Street.
Peter Duffield scored from the penalty spot after 20 minutes, his fifth goal of the season, before Matthew Hocking made it two for United before Colin Little pulled one back for the away side on 61 minutes.
The win was important for United as it gives them breathing space from the bottom two.
For full match summaries click below
Boston 2-1 Macclesfield
Bournemouth 0-1 Lincoln
Bristol Rovers 2-1 Darlington
Hartlepool 3-0 Shrewsbury
Hull 4-1 Kidderminster
Leyton Orient 0-0 Rushden
Rochdale 1-2 Swansea
Scunthorpe 2-0 Oxford
Southend 1-2 Bury
Torquay 2-3 Carlisle
Wrexham 5-0 Cambridge
York 0-2 Exeter
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