Kyle Taylor maintained his impressive form for rejuvenated Southend United and supplied an assist in their 2-0 win over Essex rivals Colchester United at Roots Hall.
Midfielder Taylor teed up Frenchman Timothee Dieng for the Shrimpers’ second goal in the 22nd minute as they extended to five games their unbeaten run.
Dieng netted his first goal of the season with an emphatic finish past Dean Gerken after Taylor had rolled the ball into his path following a marauding run forward.
It added to Simeon Akinola’s tenth-minute opener as Mark Molesley’s team made it 11 points from five games in December.
Molesley described the second goal as “well-worked” and added: “It was a good regain from us, Kyle Taylor drove and dropped a couple of shoulders and it was a great run from Timothee Dieng.”
Taylor, who has netted once in 12 appearances for the Shrimpers, was replaced by Greg Halford 11 minutes from time ahead of their trip to Leyton Orient on Tuesday.
Jake Scrimshaw went close to adding to his goal tally for Walsall during their 2-0 defeat by Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium.
Scrimshaw, who netted twice in the Saddlers’ 4-3 win over Port Vale last time out, replaced his flat-mate Emmanuel Osadebe in the 56th minute.
And with the visitors trailing to James Wilson’s first-half opener, Scrimshaw saw his goalbound effort blocked 14 minutes from time.
With Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs watching on, a late wonder goal from substitute Luke Burgess fired Salford back into the play-off places and condemned Walsall to a first league defeat in five games.
Tyler Cordner came off the bench in the second half of Scunthorpe United’s 3-2 defeat by Mansfield Town at Glanford Park.
Defender Cordner replaced injured Emmanuel Onariase after 56 minutes and with the hosts trailing 2-1 to the Stags.
George Lapslie opened the scoring for Mansfield in the 16th minute before the unfortunate Onariase diverted Mal Benning’s low cross past his own goalkeeper.
An own goal from Farrend Rawson halved the deficit before Cordner came off the bench to make his 14th appearance for the Iron.
Jordan Bowery extended Mansfield’s lead on the hour and John McAtee set up a tense finale when he struck to make it 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining.
Cordner and Scrimshaw could line up on opposite sides when Walsall host Scunthorpe at the Banks’ Stadium on Tuesday.
Sam Sherring laid claim to his third goal of the season as Torquay United opened a nine-point lead at the summit thanks to a 6-1 victory over struggling Yeovil Town.
The Gulls, managed by former Glovers boss Gary Johnson, made light work of their West Country rivals, putting them to the sword at Plainmoor.
Armani Little drew first blood for the hosts when he netted with a superb free-kick from 20 yards before Danny Wright doubled their lead, both goals coming in the first nine minutes.
Sherring (pictured above) climbed highest to meet Connor Lemonheigh-Evans’ 21st-minute corner and, although the ball was destined for the back of the net, the final touch came off Yeovil’s Charlie Lee.
And while some media outlets credited it as an own goal to Lee, Sherring was in no mood to give it up easily.
He told afcb.co.uk: “It was going in one corner and took a deflection off their player and went in the other side but I’m 100 per cent claiming it.”
Aaron Nemane added a fourth in the 36th minute before Abdi Skendi pulled one back for the visitors four minutes into the second half.
Lemonheigh-Evans soon restored the Gulls’ four-goal cushion before Kyle Cameron’s powerful header completed the scoring seven minutes from time.
Corey Jordan, Brennan Camp and Christian Saydee all played a part as Weymouth claimed a valuable point from a 0-0 draw against Eastleigh at the Silverlake Stadium.
Defenders Jordan and Camp both featured for 45 minutes, while teenage striker Saydee came off the bench in the closing stages to make his Terras debut.
Ex-Cherries star Joe Partington hit the post for the hosts in the fifth minute as chances were at a premium during the opening period.
Camp, returning from a hamstring injury, replaced Jordan at the interval, his Cherries team-mate having taken a heavy blow to his head as Weymouth defended resolutely.
Ben House fired wide for Eastleigh after going through one-on-one with Terras goalkeeper Jack Bycroft two minutes after the restart.
And House fluffed his lines with the goal gaping when he failed to make contact with Sam Smart’s low cross midway through the second half.
Saydee replaced Alefe Santos 11 minutes from time and worked tirelessly at both ends as Brian Stock’s team held on for a share of the points.
Jordan, Camp and Saydee could lock horns with Cherries team-mate Sherring on Monday when Torquay visit Weymouth.
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