PIRATES SAIL ON
By Ciaran Baynes
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Pirates grabbed a goal after only 10 minutes, Nathan Ellington scoring what must have looked like the first of many for the top team in Division Two.
Wycombe fought back however, but The Chairboys could not break down Rovers` defence, and did well not to lose by more.
Preston North End went down to only their second home defeat of the season, being floored by Colchester Utd. The Lilywhites went one goal down in the 14th minute and then to a second in the 57th minute by Lomano Lua-Lua who again scored coming off the subs bench, making it seven in seven.
Brett Angell scored twice to pull the Lancashire side back in to it only for Karl Duguid to grab the winner for the U`s in the 87th minute.
Millwall looked to be heading for their usual home win at the New Den when they took on close to the relegation zone Scunthorpe Utd. Tim Cahill opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, which is how it stayed up to half-time.
The next 45 minutes brought only the second home defeat for the Lions this season, the Lincolnshire team scoring twice to ease their relegation fears and hamper the Londoners` automatic promotion hopes.
Blackpool watched five put past them as they yet again failed to win in Wigan. There looked to be a shock in store when The Seasiders took the lead in only the second minute through Wayne Gill. Andy Liddell equalised four minutes later however and that is how the first half ended.
The Latics moved up a gear in the second half, scoring in the 58th, 81st and 89th minute, Darren Sheridan scoring the fifth in the 90th minute and ending a tortuous night for Blackpool.
Burnley`s poor form continued, losing to mid-table Luton Town. The Hatters scored in each half to hamper The Clarets` push for an automatic promotion spot.
Gillingham and Notts County battled out for a play-off place, County coming out victors. The Magpies scored through Ian Richardson in the 60th minute to help his team leapfrog The Gills into seventh place and closer to the play-offs.
Brentford were beaten at home by a Wrexham team which did not awake until the second half. The Bees were not as busy in the second half and could not keep out Danny Allsopp in the 67th minute and Pat Connolly in the 72nd minute for The Robins to leave 2-0 the winners.
Cambridge United won convincingly by three against Bristol City, and kept a clean sheet to boot, something sadly lacking at the Abbey Stadium this season. Tom Young put the `U`s in front in the fifth minute, and scored again in the 76th minute, Trevor Benjamin finishing it off in the 87th minute.
Cardiff`s bad luckcontinued as they were beaten by visiting Bournemouth. Mark Stein opened the scoring for the Seagulls in the 65th minute, only for Robert Earnshaw to equalise four minutes later. The south coast team stole it in the penultimate minute with Richard Hughes sending The Bluebirds to another defeat, number twelve on the trot.
The Manor Ground witnessed its 10th defeat as Oxford United lost for the fourth time on the trot to Reading. The home team took the lead in the eighth minute only to be kicked in the teeth three minutes later when goalkeeper, Andre Arendse put the ball into his own net to equalise for the visitors. The Royals took control, scoring two more, the last by in-form Darren Caskey to put the game out of United`s grasp.