League Two round-up
By James Mosley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Scunthorpe maintained their position at the top of League Two with a last gasp win.
Scunthorpe United maintained their position at the top of League Two after a last gasp comeback win over ten-man Cambridge United.
Cambridge took the lead in the first half through Richard Hodgson and looked to be on the way to a much-needed and unexpected win, until messrs Steve Torpey and Cleveland Taylor popped up in the dying minutes to nick the points for Scunthorpe and open up an impressive seven-point gap over the chasing pack.
At the head of that pack, Yeovil Town also left it late with an 83rd minute winner from substitute Andrejs Stolcers to condemn rock-bottom Kidderminster Harriers to yet another defeat. Darryn Stamp had given The Harriers an unexpected lead on half-an-hour but their joy was short lived when Andy Lindegaard levelled five minutes later.
Late goals were again on the menu as play-off rivals Macclesfield Town and Lincoln City left it late to decide the points at Moss Rose. A brace from man-of-the-match Jonathan Parkin in the last ten minutes gave Macclesfield a two-goal cushion, only for a last minute reply from Jamie McCombe to ensure a nervy wait for the whistle.
With Swansea City not playing, Leyton Orient had chance to leapfrog them but were held 2-2 by Southend United in an entertaining game with Michael Simpson to the fore for The O's.
He was influential throughout and helped Orient to come back from 2-1 down after Matt Lockwood's early penalty had been cancelled out by strikes from Freddy Eastwood and Wayne Gray.
Andrew Scott headed home on 59 minutes to restore parity and despite chances for either side, the deadlock could not be broken.
Darlington sneaked into the remaining play-off slot with a 2-1 win in the clash against Mansfield Town. Richard Barker had put Mansfield ahead only for ex-Leeds striker Clyde Wijnhard to level and then the well-travelled Craig Hignett struck the winner.
After a dormant start to the season, Rochdale have slipped into form and have motored up the league.
Dale visited Gay Meadow and disposed of Shrewsbury Town with calm efficiency for their second key 2-0 away win of the week. Second half strikes from Paul Tait and Grant Holt continued their recent form and kept the momentum going for the Spotland outfit after their cracking win in the Cup at the weekend.
Bristol Rovers thumped Chester City 4-1 with goals from Craig Disley and Jamie Forrester in the first half. Kevin Ellison had levelled for Chester, but then the game was sewn up in the second half as Lee Thorpe and Paul Trollope completed the scoring.
With Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town sharing virtually identical records and being firmly placed in mid-table it was no surprise that their tie at The Sixfields Stadium ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Cobblers thought they had the game won when Scott McGleish broke the deadlock on 64 minutes, only for Damian Spencer to grab a late point for Cheltenham.
In a keenly contested tie at Gigg Lane, Bury and Wycombe Wanderers shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
New Wycombe boss John Gorman will be grateful for Nathan Tyson's second half double. Likewise for The Shakers, David Nugent found the net twice. Colin Woodthorpe saw red for The Shakers.
In a ding-dong encounter at Blundell Park, Grimsby Town overcame Notts County 3-2 - but not without a scare or two. Ronnie Bull put The Mariners ahead on 7 minutes only to see Stefan Oakes level on 18 minutes.
Andy Parkinson put Grimsby ahead then Gavin Gordon's equaliser meant a grand finale. Justin Whittle's header secured the points for Grimsby in a game without a single card.
Bristol Rovers 4-1 Chester
Bury 2-2 Wycombe
Cambridge 1-2 Scunthorpe
Darlington 2-1 Mansfield
Grimsby 3-2 Notts County
Leyton Orient 2-2 Southend
Macclesfield 2-1 Lincoln
Northampton 1-1 Cheltenham
Shrewsbury 0-2 Rochdale
Yeovil 2-1 Kidderminster
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