Division Three Round-Up
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The league leaders were forced to battle hard by the visitors before eventually pinching a narrow win.
The only goal of the encounter at Belle Vue arrived midway through the second half with Gregg Blundell proving to be the match-winner for Dave Penney's side.
Oxford required a last-minute winner from Julian Alsop to vanquish Leyton Orient at The Kassam Stadium.
Gary Alexander had put the visitors ahead on 26 minutes before Andy Crosby's penalty levelled matters. The O's then had Tom Newey sent off before Alsop popped up in the dying moments to snatch a vital winner.
Yeovil lost ground on the leading duo as they slipped to a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to struggling Kidderminster.
John Williams fired the visitors ahead on the stroke of half time but Yeovil drew level on 58 minutes through Kevin Gall, only for Sean Parrish to net the decisive goal inside the final 20 minutes.
Mansfield keep pace with the leaders after Colin Larkin's 56th minute goal was sufficient to overcome Rochdale at Field Mill.
Hull City are firmly in the promotion hunt after a 2-0 triumph at play-off hopefuls York City.
Ben Burgess put the visitors on their way on 56 minutes and Jamie Forrester's 69th minute penalty settled the tie.
Play-off rivals Torquay United and Swansea City could not be separated at Plainmoor as the teams had to settle for a stalemate.
Lincoln City claimed the derby honours at York Street as Paul Mayo's 61st minute spot kick was enough to overcome Boston, who also had Ben Chapman sent off for two bookable offences.
Andy Booth's 28th minute goal for Huddersfield compounded Darlington's current woes as it proved the only strike at The Reynolds Arena.
Northampton may have breathed fresh life into their season after coming from behind to beat Bristol Rovers away from home.
Wayne Carlisle's penalty just after the interval put the hosts head but The Cobblers snatched the points through Derek Asamoah and Richard Walker inside the final quarter of an hour.
Carlisle United boosted their prospects of survival with an encouraging 3-1 victory at Bury, who took the lead through Chris Porter's spot kick on the half hour.
Kevin Gray hauled the visitors level before the break and second half goals from Brendan McGill and Kevin Henderson gave Carlisle only their third win of the season.
Cheltenham survived a late scare to claim all three points from their home encounter against Macclesfield Town.
Goals from Damien Spencer, Bob Taylor and Martin Devaney appeared to put Cheltenham on course for a comfortable success at Whaddon Road.
But strikes from Steven Brackenridge and Matt Haddrell inside the final ten minutes ensured a nervy finale for the hosts.
Leon Constantine's 38th minute goal was enough to hand Southend United a much-needed fillip at Cambridge United.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Boston 0-1 Lincoln
Bristol Rovers 1-2 Northampton
Bury 1-3 Carlisle
Cambridge 0-1 Southend
Cheltenham 3-2 Macclesfield
Darlington 0-1 Huddersfield
Doncaster 1-0 Scunthorpe
Mansfield 1-0 Rochdale
Oxford 2-1 Leyton Orient
Torquay 0-0 Swansea
Yeovil 1-2 Kidderminster
York 0-2 Hull