Football: Bees' knees Noades

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RON NOADES, the owner, chairman, manager, head cook and bottle- washer of Brentford, celebrated his award as Third Division Manager Of The Month by seeing his Bees recover from falling a goal behind to swarm all over Hull City, who they beat 3-2 at Boothferry Park to go top.

Mark Hateley's Tigers drew first blood through Matthew Hocking's 12th- minute strike but Lloyd Owusu equalised 14 minutes later and 13 minutes into the second half Warren Aspinall, now at his eighth club, put them ahead.

When Neil Whitworth levelled the scores again on Hull's behalf in the 63rd minute it looked as though the Londoners would have to be content with a point until Andy Scott grabbed the late winner.

The third division's other chairman who has shown a hands-on interest in management, Carlisle United's Michael Knighton, will not have enjoyed yesterday's result, a 2-1 defeat at Brisbane Road, where Leyton Orient had previously conceded seven goals and scored once in the two previous matches. Elsewhere in the Third Division, the previous leaders, Rotherham United, lost 3-0 to Southend United at Roots Hall.

The former Southend manager Barry Fry, now in charge of Peterborough United, will have been in good form last night after the Posh trounced Barnet, the club Fry took into the football league in 1991, 9-1 at Underhill.

The home side had Jonathan Ford sent off for violent conduct after only nine minutes and were reduced to nine men on the hour when Warren Goodhind was dismissed. By that time they were trailing 6-1, Giuliano Grazioli having scored four goals. He got one more before the final whistle.

In the second division, Luton Town kept up the pressure on the leaders by beating Burnley 1-0, while the Conference leaders, Rushden & Diamonds, made it seven wins out of seven with their 1-0 win at Yeovil.