League Two round-up
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Grimsby and Wycombe extend their lead at the top of the table whilst Bury move off the bottom.The two front-runners in League Two, Grimsby Town and Wycombe Wanderers, extended their lead at the top of the table with easy victories over Notts County and Wrexham respectively.
Grimsby defeated 10-man Notts County 4-0 with two goals in either half. Goals from Rob Jones (27), Martin Gritton (45), Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (46) and Gary Cohen (80) meant for an easy victory for The Mariners, which was somewhat aided by the sending off of County's Lewis McMahon for violent conduct early in the second half.
The Mariners' closest rivals, Wycombe, made it three out of three, easing past their opponents, with the league's top scorer Nathan Tyson (pictured) bagging a brace, his 10th and 11th of the season.
Tyson opened the scoring on 16 minutes before Saturday's hat-trick hero, Kevin Betsy, doubled the lead after just 22 minutes. Mark Jones pulled a goal back (54) to give the Welsh side some hope, however goals from Tommy Mooney (58) and Tyson (81) wrapped the victory up.
Bury moved off the bottom of the table with a narrow victory over Bristol Rovers. The Gigg Lane club, currently without a manager, scored just before half time through Paul Scott to move them out of the relegation zone.
Replacing them at the foot of the table are Mansfield who could only draw with Macclesfield. Managerless Mansfield fell behind to an Allan Russell goal after 36 minutes, however Adam Birchall levelled the scores shortly after half time to take a point back to Field Mill.
There was late drama in two of the games, as Shrewsbury and Cheltenham both stole something at the death.
Gay Meadow saw an unlikely comeback as 10-man Shrewsbury were 2-1 down going into the final seconds of the game before Ben Herd popped up to score a vital goal and take a point from their game with Barnet.
Two early penalties had set the game up, with Colin McMenamin slotting in his for the home side after Anthony Charles had fouled Kevin Sharp (12). The referee evened it up two minutes later however, pointing to the spot following Neil Ashton's handball, Nick Bailey powering his penalty home.
Louis Soares put the visitors in front (30) before Jamie Tolley was sent of for violent conduct midway through the second half. It looked like the score would remain like this for the rest of the game before Herd slotted home late on.
Cheltenham also took the points at the death as Craig Armstrong stole all three points in the final minute. Grant McCann's close-range effort had put The Robins in front (37), however the scores were level with 15 minutes remaining when James Quinn slotted home Dean Holden's cross.
Northampton moved into the play-off zone with victory over Rushden & Diamonds at Nene Park. Two late goals for The Cobblers guided them to a 3-1 victory. Ryan Gilligan put Northampton in front early before David Savage levelled it up (63). Two goals in the final 10 minutes meant that all three points went back to Sixfields with Rob Gier putting in his own net (80) and Scott McGleish wrapping things up (84).
Chester and Lincoln both ran out 2-0 victors in their games. First half goals from David Artell (11) and Gregg Blundell (39) taking Chester to victory over Carlisle.
Lincoln defeated Stockport County by the same scoreline, both goals coming from the boot of Gary Birch (53 & 78).
In the night's other games, Leyton Orient won 2-1 against Torquay whilst Oxford won away from home, at high-flying Rochdale.
Orient took a two-goal lead in their game, with goals from Jabo Ibehre (25) and Gary Alexander (50), before Jo Kuffour gave Torquay a glimmer of hope (67).
Barry Quinn scored the only goal (60), as Oxford took all three points from Spotland, leaving them just outside the play-off zone.
Finally, Darlington and Boston United shared the points, with a 0-0 draw at The Williamson Motors Stadium, meaning that Darlington have failed to record a victory all month.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Bury 1-0 Bristol Rovers
Cheltenham 2-1 Peterborough
Chester 2-0 Carlisle
Darlington 0-0 Boston United
Grimsby 4-0 Notts County
Leyton Orient 2-1 Torquay
Lincoln 2-0 Stockport
Macclesfield 1-1 Mansfield
Rochdale 0-1 Oxford
Rushden 1-3 Northampton
Shrewsbury 2-2 Barnet
Wycombe 4-1 Wrexham