Charlton Athletic had a good day at the office as they managed to secure a 2-0 win over London neighbours Brentford at The Valley. Morrison gave the Addicks the lead in the 31st minute, with Green putting the result beyond doubt in the 90th minute. Charlton Athletic 1st, Brentford 8th.
Sheffield Wednesday moved in to the automatic places with a 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers at Hillsborough. Johnson and Lines gave the Owls a flying start with strikes in the 2nd and 7th minutes respectively, with Goodison scoring what proved to be a consolation for the Wirral side in the 82nd minute. Sheffield Wednesday 2nd, Tranmere Rovers 16th.
Sheffield United couldn't keep pace given a 3-2 reverse against Carlisle United at Brunton Park. Zoko gave the home side the lead in the 2nd minute, with Evans levelling just 5 minutes later. Zoko restored the advantage on the quarter hour mark, with Evans levelling matters again on the stroke of half-time. McGovern sealed the win for the Cumbrians with a 71st minute strike to edge the home side to within touching distance of the play-off places. Sheffield United 3rd, Carlisle United 7th.
Franchise FC edged Colchester United out at Stadium:Franchise as MacKenzie scored the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute. Franchise FC 4th, Colchester United 12th.
Huddersfield Town had to settle for a point against Notts County at Meadow Lane despite taking a 2-goal lead just after the break through Roberts and Rhodes (52nd and 58th minutes). The Hughes lads (J and L) levelled matters between them in the 72nd (penalty) and 84th minutes. Notts County 11th, Huddersfield Town 5th.
Stevenage Borough couldn't maintain their recent fine run of form, slipping up 1-0 against Leyton Orient at Broadhall Lane. Cook scored the onluy goal of the game in the 15th minute. Stevenage Borough 6th, Leyton Orient 15th.
Bury continued their push for a play-off place with a 2-1 win over hapless Walsall at Gigg Lane. A Paterson strike for the Saddlers in the 39th minute was the came in between Sadler gave the home side the lead in the 20th minute, by putting past his own keeper, and a 40th minute Sweeney strike. Bury 9th, Walsall 19th.
AFC Bournemouth started 2012 as 2011 had left off - with a win. Their 3rd home win of the season came courtesy of a 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers at Dean Court. Thomas gave the Cherries the lead in the 27th minute, with Symes doubling the advantage in the 50th minute. AFC Bournemouth 10th, Wycombe Wanderers 22nd.
The local debry between Rochdale and Preston North End at Spotland resulted in a 1-1 draw. Jervis gave PNE the lead in the 16th minute, with Bogdanovic levelling for the home side 9 minutes later. Rochdale 23rd, Preston North End 13th.
Chesterfield start the new year looking up at everyone else in the division, unable to close the gap on their nearest rivals following a 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic at the b2Net Stadium. Bowery gave the Spirites hope in the 34th minute, with Smith levelling on the stroke of half time. Chesterfield 24th, Oldham Athletic 14th.
Something to cheer about at last for Scunthorpe United, as they condemned their hosts, Hartlepool United to an 8th home defeat of the campaign. Togwell (32nd min) and Thompson (74th min) gave Scunny a 2-goal cushion before Monkhouse pulled one back for the hosts in the 83rd minute. Hartlepool United 17th, Scunthorpe United 18th.
Honours even in the West Country derby at St James's Park as Exeter City and Yeovil Town battled their way to a 1-1 draw. Williams have the Glovers the lead in the 40th minute, with Logan levelling in the 75th minute. Exeter City 20th, Yeovil Town 21st.