League Two Round-up
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Gascoigne made his long awaited Boston United debut in a 3-1 win over Chester.Paul Gascoigne made his long awaited Boston United debut against Chester and was never far away from the action in a 3-1 win.
The former England schemer received a booking in the first period for kicking the ball away and was then fortunate not to receive his matching orders for a rash challenge moments later.
However, his presence did help to inspire an impressive victory, thanks to first half strikes from Lee Thomas and Zema Abbey, who was making his debut on-loan from Norwich, and a late penalty from Courtney Pitt.
Former Everton man Michael Branch netted a late consolation, the first goal under Ian Rush's tenure at Chester.
Bury's impressive start to the new campaign continued against Kidderminster, as goals from impressive youngster Dave Nugent, veteran midfielder David Flitcroft and a brace from Chris Porter secured a 4-0 success.
Flitcroft later saw red for a second bookable offence and he was joined for an early bath by Kidderminster schemer Micky Mellon.
Darlington could only manage a point against Cambridge, as they fought out a 1-1 stalemate in the North East.
Dan Chillingworth netted for Cambridge but his goal proved to be worth only a point, as Dave Hodgson's side hit back through Ryan Valentine.
Lee Steele's first half strike secured a 1-0 half time lead for Leyton Orient over struggling Rochdale, but this was cancelled out by in-form striker Grant Holt with twenty minutes remaining.
However, Martin Ling's side dominated the second period and found a winner from Tom Newey to secure a 2-1 victory.
Keith Curle will be more than content with his Mansfield side, after they beat Yeovil 4-1 on home soil.
Derek Asamoah handed Mansfield a first half lead but saw his strike cancelled out by Terry Skiverton's first half leveller.
However, in an impressive second half display, goals from David Artell, Colin Larkin and Wayne Corden secured an impressive victory.
Veteran hitman Lee Bradbury secured the spoils for Graham Rix's fancied Oxford United, as they took maximum points against struggling Notts County.
The former Portsmouth striker dispatched a penalty in the 16th minute to seal the win.
Brian Laws will be content with his loan capture of Andrew Keogh, after the Leeds United man netted minutes before half time, to hand Scunthorpe the lead against promotion favourites Northampton Town.
A second half penalty from Andy Crosby secured a 2-0 success for Scunthorpe. Scott McGleish was handed the chance to reduce the deficit but he hammered his penalty against the post.
Adam Barrett was a man in form at Roots Hall, as his brace saw off the challenge of early pacesetters Macclesfield Town, for a 2-1 Southend win.
Promising Macclesfield midfielder Danny Whitaker cancelled out Barrett's first half goal, but the same man netted a Southend winner in the second period.
Former West Ham man Izzy Iriekpen's goal in just the third minute saw Swansea steal the points against Lincoln City.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher had the chance to continue his rich goalscoring form for Lincoln but he fluffed his lines by missing a penalty.
Adam Birchall scored his first senior goal for Wycombe and then followed it up with his second, as Tony Adams' side saw off Grimsby 2-0.
Bristol Rovers continued their impressive start to the new season, picking up a point, following a drab 0-0 draw on their travels to Rushden & Diamonds.
Boston Utd v Chester
Bury v Kidderminster
Darlington v Cambridge Utd
Leyton Orient v Rochdale
Mansfield v Yeovil
Notts County v Oxford Utd
Rushden & D'monds v Bristol Rovers
Scunthorpe v Northampton
Southend v Macclesfield
Swansea v Lincoln
Wycombe v Grimsby