League Two round-up
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Southend are within one point of leaders Yeovil Town after beating Cambridge 2-0.Southend United are within one point of leaders Yeovil Town after beating bottom of the table Cambridge United.
With The Glovers not playing until Tuesday, The Shrimpers knew they could close the gap further and they made no mistake at The Abbey Stadium.
Veteran defender Spencer Prior opened the scoring after 23 minutes before Adam Barrett (pictured) bagged the second and the winner on the stroke of half time.
Southend now sit second, although Scunthorpe can move back above them with victory against Lincoln later on Monday.
Macclesfield missed the chance to move above Scunthorpe after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Boston.
David Noble's penalty (15) gave the visitors the lead at Moss Rose, but Mark Bailey levelled just five minutes from the end.
Swansea City moved above The Silkmen into fourth after they claimed a 2-1 win at Cheltenham.
Lee Thorpe had given The Swans a third minute lead, but Martin Devaney pounced (26) to draw The Robins level.
The winner came just eight minutes from time when Leon Britton struck. Grant McCann was dismissed in the final minute for the hosts.
Northampton Town consolidated their place in the play-offs and moved into sixth with a 2-0 win over Shrewsbury Town.
Martin Smith (16) and Ashley Westwood (38) grabbed the goals for The Cobblers. The Shrews' day was made even worse late on when Stuart Whitehead was dismissed.
Darlington threw away a two-goal lead as Bristol Rovers claimed a 3-3 draw at The Memorial Stadium.
Craig Russell put The Quakers ahead inside the first minute, but Richard Walker levelled just before half time.
Craig Hignett (50 pen) and Jason St'Juste made (63) it 3-1 for Darlington, but they could not hang on as they missed the chance to move back into the play-offs.
Steve Elliott (69) and Walker again (71) made sure The Pirates took something from the game.
Play-off chasing Rochdale and Wycombe remain in ninth and tenth respectively after they played out a 1-1 draw at The Causeway Stadium.
Gary Jones (16 pen) had put Dale ahead, but Nathan Tyson fired home the equaliser just two minutes into the second period.
Oxford United and Leyton Orient remain entrenched in mid-table after a 2-2 draw at The Kassam Stadium.
Orient went ahead early on when former Oxford man Lee Steele pounced (1), but Steve Basham (17) and Tommy Mooney (54) fired home to put The U's ahead. The leveller for Orient came on 72 minutes when Michael Simpson scored.
The bottom two of Cambridge and Kidderminster are now even further adrift at the bottom of the table.
The Harriers fared no better than Cambridge as they too lost at home.
Kidderminster had gone ahead against Mansfield through Mark Rawle (41) and then missed a penalty through Dean Keates just a minute later.
Mansfield took charge in the second half and goals from Richard Barker (48 & 85) and Simon Brown (51) gave them victory.
Kidderminster are now two points adrift of safety after third from bottom Rushden & Diamonds earned a 0-0 draw at Grimsby, while bottom of the table Cambridge are six points further back.
The final game saw Chester claim a 2-1 victory over Bury, which virtually assures safety for Ian Rush's side.
Colin Kazim-Richards (12) had put The Shakers ahead, but two second half goals from Ryan Lowe (59 & 70) on his full debut gave Chester victory.
Click below for match summaries:
Bristol Rovers 3-3 Darlington
Cambridge United 0-2 Southend United
Cheltenham Town 1-2 Swansea City
Chester City 2-1 Bury
Grimsby Town 0-0 Rushden & Diamonds
Kidderminster Harriers 1-3 Mansfield Town
Macclesfield Town 1-1 Boston United
Northampton Town 2-0 Shrewsbury Town
Oxford United 2-2 Leyton Orient
Rochdale 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Click here for the League Two table.