Date: 16th October 2005 at 11:55am
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A Pawel Abbott brace helped send Huddersfield top of League One with their fifth victory in seven games. The Polish striker laid on the opener for Andy Booth for his 100th league goal in his hometown club colours.

Injury-hit Walsall briefly restored parity when midfielder Paul Smith headed home Mark Kinsella’s free-kick. But Abbott soon put Town ahead when he turned in Danny Schofield’s cross with a close-range finish before firing home inside the area in the 78th minute.

Barnsley salvaged a point with two late goals in the space of three minutes.

The visitors were cruising after Simon Wiles converted Tommy Wright’s cross before provider turned poacher, Wright tapping in a Jamie Burns cross. But Barnsley got a lifeline when Marc Richards blocked Blackpool goalkeeper Les Pogliacomi’s clearance and the ball trickled into the goal on 81 minutes.

And then Martin Devaney crossed from the left and Brian Howard raced in to fire home his first goal for the club.

Rock-bottom Swindon ended a run of eight consecutive defeats with an impressive point away to Brentford.
The home side wasted a series of chances and keeper Tom Heaton produced a match-saving display for the Robins. Jay Tabb headed wide for the Bees and was denied by Heaton and Darren Pratley somehow blazed over from five yards.

Heaton also twice saved from Paul Brooker while Christian Roberts fired narrowly wide for the visitors before Rory Fallon mis-hit a volley late on.

Luke Wilkshire’s second-half strike gave Bristol City the spoils in a battle of two struggling sides. Wilkshire hit the post with his first effort but buried the rebound to earn the hosts a welcome win. City goalkeeper Steve Phillips made a wonderful late save in the first half to deny Chris Greenacre the opener for Tranmere, who had plenty of possession. Phillips also saved with his feet from Delroy Facey to leave visiting boss Brian Little frustrated.