Paul Gerrard was sent off for the second time in three games as Oldham lost 2-0 at home to Watford. The England Under- 21 goalkeeper was dismissed in the 83rd minute when he gave away a penalty, converted by Gary Porter. Dave Holdsworth had given Watford the lead in the 25th minute.
Notts County salvaged a 1-1 draw away to Barnsley thanks to a late equaliser by Gary Lund, who had come on the field as a substitute four minutes earlier. County had Martin Kuhl, on loan from Derby, sent off for head-butting Barnsley's Brendan O'Connell.
John McGinlay took his goal tally for the season to five as he struck twice in Bolton's 3-0 win at Luton. Clive Mendonca scored twice as Grimsby won 4-1 at home to Port Vale in front of a crowd of 3,216, Grimsby's lowest league gate for six years.
John Byrne returned from suspension to score two goals in four minutes as Oxford United beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1 to replace their visitors at the top of the Second Division.
Carlisle United stayed top of the Third Division, goals by David Currie and Rod Thomas preserving their unbeaten record in a 2-1 win at home to Mansfield Town. Dougie Freedman, a former Scottish schoolboy international released by Queen's Park Rangers in the summer, scored four times in Barnet's 6-2 win over Rochdale.
Mark Kinsella scored the winner in injury time as Colchester United won 3-2 at home to Walsall in a game which featured four goals in the last four minutes.Reuse content