Eastwood double takes Southend up

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Colchester United are a point away from the Championship after strikes by Mark Yeates and Rotherham's Shaun Barker, who put through his own goal, earned Phil Parkinson's side a 2-0 League One win over the Millers at Layer Road. Colchester had won only one game out of eight after an FA Cup run that saw them beat Sheffield United and Derby County ended at Premiership champions Chelsea. But a late burst of form, winning four out of the last five games, got the side back in the groove and yesterday's win took them to the brink of the Championship. They need a point at Yeovil.

But in League Two Northampton Town went one better when Scott McGleish scored the only goal of their game against Chester City to win promotion to League One. Other matters concluded yesterday, a 1-1 draw at Bristol City could not save Swindon Town from relegation to League Two, and Rushden & Diamonds' stay in the League ended when a 2-0 defeat at Boston United returned them to the Nationwide Conference.

Huddersfield cemented their League One play-off place despite losing 2-1 at home to Yeovil, Phil Jevons scoring twice to ensure the Glovers' survival.

At the bottom, Swindon Town slipped into League Two when Bristol City's Dave Cotterill equalised Aaron Brown's 49th-minute opener for the Robins.

The race to join Carlisle United and Northampton Town in League One will be resolved between Leyton Orient, who beat Peterborough United 2-1 despite being down to 10 men for 69 minutes, and Grimsby Town who could only draw 1-1 at Macclesfield. Third-placed Orient's last game is at Oxford United, who are in the bottom two. The Mariners are at home to title-chasing Northampton.

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