posted on Jan, 1 2005 @ 04:39 PM
Yeovil joined S#horpe on 49 points at the top of Coca-Cola League Two thanks to a 2-0 win over third-placed Swansea. The match was goalless until 12
minutes from time when Latvian forward Andrejs Stolcers scored and the Glovers secured the win when Phil Jevons struck in the last minute.
They moved level with S#horpe after the Iron suffered only their second home defeat of the season, losing 1-0 to Darlington. Alun Armstrong got the
only goal on the hour mark at Glanford Park, turning in Neil Wainwright's cross as both sides finished the game with 10 men. Andy Butler was sent off
for S#horpe in the 38th minute and Brian Close was shown a second yellow card four minutes from the end.
Swansea's defeat enabled Southend to close the gap to the automatic promotion places to four points. The Shrimpers beat Rushden & Diamonds 3-0 at
Roots Hall as Shaun Maher (17), Andy Edwards (59) and Mark Bentley (90) got the goals.
Northampton moved up one place to fifth by beating Mansfield 2-1 in an early kick-off at Sixfields. Trevor Benjamin cancelled out a David Rowson own
goal to grab his first for the Cobblers, having joined the club on loan from Leicester this week. Martin Smith was the match-winner for the home side
as he headed in Josh Low's cross from the right with 13 minutes left.
Macclesfield dropped down one place after a 2-1 loss at home to Chester. Mike Sheron gave the Silkmen a 19th-minute lead but Ian Rush's side came
Cambridge stayed bottom of the Football League as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Boston. Andy Kirk grabbed the only goal for the Lincolnshire
side with seven minutes left.
Kidderminster are just a point better off after letting a 1-0 lead slip to lose 2-1 away to Leyton Orient. Andrew Scott's brace proved decisive for
the Os, who stay in play-off contention.
Wycombe dropped to 12th from ninth after losing 2-1 at Oxford, while Shrewsbury climbed one place to 21st with a 2-0 win at home to Bristol Rovers.
Lincoln beat Bury 1-0 thanks to a goal by Nottingham Forest loanee Craig Westcarr, Notts County won 2-0 away to Cheltenham and Rochdale's match at
home to Grimsby was abandoned at half-time because of heavy rain in the north-west.