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Seagulls soaring

Seagulls soaring (©PAphotos)
Seagulls soaring (©PAphotos).

Brighton opened up a six-point lead at the top of npower League One as their nearest rivals slipped up.

Glenn Murray's goal and a spectacular strike by Spanish defender Inigo Calderon secured a 2-0 win at home to Yeovil, while the Seagulls' nearest rivals Peterborough lost 2-1 to Brentford. Grant McCann's penalty had put Posh in front but Craig Woodman levelled with a free-kick and Gary Alexander then grabbed the winner from close range.

Bournemouth and Sheffield Wednesday could have kept pace with Brighton had either managed victory but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough. Bournemouth had hopes of an away win after going in front through Ryan Garry but Neil Mellor rescued a point for the Owls.

There was heartbreak for Carlisle as they came back from 3-0 down at home to Charlton to make it 3-3 only to lose to a Paul Benson goal in injury-time. Johnnie Jackson, Joe Anyinsah and Benson had put Charlton in control until Mike Grella, Craig Curran and Gary Madine produced a terrific fightback, however Benson broke Cumbrian hearts late on.

At the bottom end, there was a terrific 4-1 win for Tranmere at fellow strugglers Walsall. John Welsh grabbed two goals - one a stunning long-distance strike - which were added to by Enoch Showunmi and Ian Thomas-Moore's penalty, while Jon Macken had given Walsall some hope when he made it 2-1.

Substitute Kayode Odejayi scored two late goals as Colchester came from behind to beat Notts County 2-1. Craig Westcarr had opened the scoring before Odejayi's double turned the match around.

Byron Anthony rescued a point for Bristol Rovers as the visitors scraped a 2-2 draw at Hartlepool. Jo Kuffour had given Rovers hope with an 85th-minute header before Anthony equalised in the last minute. Hartlepool had looked in control through goals from Joe Gamble and Antony Sweeney.

Aaron Wilbraham settled the match between MK Dons and visitors Exeter, to give a 1-0 victory to the home side and seventh place in the table, while Dagenham and Redbridge remain bottom after losing 3-2 at Rochdale. Chris O'Grady, Anthony Elding and Gary Jones put the hosts 3-0 up before Damian Scannell and Mark Arber made it a tense finish.

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice as Plymouth beat Huddersfield 2-1, either side of Anthony Pilkington's equaliser, while Southampton triumphed by the same score at home to Oldham with teenager Alex Chamberlain scoring his first league goal in some style for Saints.

The points were shared as Swindon entertained Leyton Orient, with Michael Rose scoring late on to earn the home side a point in a 2-2 draw.

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