Nationwide Conference Review- 11th April
By Alan Hall
Updated Wednesday, 11th April 2001
Rushden tightened their grip on the Conference leadership even though they didn’t play on Tuesday night.
Rovers dominated the opening forty-five minute of the game and took the lead in the 16th minute when Mike Turner fired home from close range. Five minutes later Doncaster doubled their advantage when Tierney ran through to score.
Yeovil put on a better performance in the second half and were unlucky not to reduce the deficit when Darren Wray (pictured)struck a post in the 58th minute but overall they could have no complaints about the final outcome.
Southport moved upto fourth place following their 2-1 win at Woking. Dave Linighan opened the scoring when he powered home a Mark Stuart free-kick.
The Sandgrounders increased their lead courtesy of Ian Arnold in the 70th minute before Randall netted a consolation goal for Woking in the dying seconds.
Leigh RMI suffered a disappointing reverse at home to in-form Stevenage despite scoring first through Ian Monk. Neil Illman hit back for Stevenage seven minutes later and then fired them ahead with his second goal of the game in the 40th minute.
Tony Black had the perfect opportunity to level the scores when Leigh were awarded a penalty kick on the stroke of half time but he missed from the spot.
Illman then proceeded to complete his hat-trick with a powerful volley in the 52nd minute and Clarke wrapped up the goalscoring for the night when he netted Stevenage’s fourth goal midway through the second half.
Elsewhere, a Carruthers goal for Dover was enough to see off the challenge of Hereford. Northwich eased their relegation fears with a 2-1 win over a Kingstonian side who remain deep in trouble.
Adie Mike scored first for the Vics before Ronnie Green hit the equaliser. Mark Barnard netted the winner from the spot after a foul committed by Colin Luckett.
Scarborough and Telford shared the spoils at the McCain Stadium after their 1-1 draw. Moore put Telford ahead in the 68th minute only for Dave Pounder to equalise with his nineth goal of the season.