Division Three Round-Up
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Doncaster drew with Swansea on Friday evening, but Hull missed their chance to get within six points of their South Yorkshire rivals.
Mansfield - who themselves are in the play-offs - proved too stubborn for The Tigers to break through. The Stags hero was debutant Laurent D'Jaffo - who after only arriving at the club this week - pounced just after the hour mark at Field Mill.
Despite their loss, Hull remain second as Oxford United lost out to Huddersfield Town 1-0 at The Kassam Stadium - meaning The Terriers go level on points with The U's.
The only goal of the game came after 41 minutes when Nigerian defender Efe Sodje struck.
Torquay United are still in fifth, but kept up the pressure on those above them with an easy 4-1 win over bottom-of-the-table Carlisle United at Plainmoor.
Kevin Hill (4 & 21), David Graham (52) and Stephen Woods (63) struck to set up the win, before Brendan McGill pulled one back with 17 minutes left for The Cumbrians - who remain 11 points from safety.
Yeovil still make up the play-off positions, but they suffered a heavy 3-0 reversal at Scunthorpe.
On loan star Steven MacLean struck twice (26 & 60) either side of a goal from fellow loanee Darren Holloway (45).
Lincoln City missed the chance to go above Yeovil after they conceded two goals in the last three minutes to lose 3-2 at Cheltenham.
Marcus Richardson's two strikes (3 & 45 pen) sandwiched a Grant McCann effort to put The Red Imps ahead at the interval - although Richard Liburd was sent off just moments before half time.
Cheltenham then took advantage of the extra man with late goals from John Finnigan and Kayode Odejayi.
The biggest game at the bottom of the table saw Darlington - who were third from bottom - travel to Macclesfield, the team directly beneath them.
The match at Moss Rose was predictably close, but Craig Russell's effort after 53 minutes was enough for The Quakers - who are now six points ahead of the drop-zone.
Boston United secured a 1-0 win over Rochdale at York Street - meaning Dale are now third from bottom.
Paul Ellender's goal after 20 minutes gave Steve Evans his first victory since returning to the club.
Kidderminster Harriers eased worries that they might get dragged into the relegation battle with comfortable 4-1 win over York City at Aggborough.
Ian Foster set them on their way after ten minutes from the penalty spot, before Dean Bennett (35) added to their lead.
Substitute Richard Cooper pulled one back for York, but two more goals from Mark Yates and Adam Murray made sure of victory for the home side.
The mid-table battle at Gigg Lane saw Bury and Leyton Orient draw 1-1.
Gareth Seddon put Bury ahead on 63 minutes, but just 10 minutes later John Mackie levelled for Orient.
Southend United came form behind to secure a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers at The Memorial Stadium.
Paul Tait had scored after 15 minutes and The Pirates looked set for victory, until Mark Gower levelled with just nine minutes remaining.
Cambridge United remain perilously close to the drop zone in Division Three after they lost 1-0 to Northampton Town - in the early kick-off on Saturday.
Colin Calderwood's men started brightly, but failed to make the breakthrough and then goalkeeper Lee Harper kept The Cobbers in the game.
The match looked destined for a goalless draw, until Town struck in the final minute.
Defender Chris Willmott was the man on hand to strike and his goal takes Northampton to within touching distance of the play-offs.
Click below for match summaries:
Boston Utd 1-0 Rochdale
Bristol Rovers 1-1 Southend
Bury 1-1 Leyton Orient
Cambridge Utd 0-1 Northampton
Cheltenham 3-2 Lincoln City
Kidderminster 4-1 York
Macclesfield 0-1 Darlington
Mansfield 1-0 Hull
Oxford Utd 0-1 Huddersfield
Scunthorpe 3-0 Yeovil
Torquay 4-1 Carlisle