HARTLEPOOL stormed to the top of Division Three after previous leaders Rushden & Diamonds capitulated at Cambridge.
Veteran striker Gordon Watson netted the only goal of the game at Oxford, firing home from just out-side the penalty area in the 38th minute to give the north-easterners top spot on goal difference over York.
York - troubled by cash shortages and relegation battles in recent seasons - continued their revival under new chairman John Batchelor with a 2-1 win at Swansea.
Lee Bullock drilled the visitors into a 30th-minute lead but David Moss looked to have stolen a point for the Welshmen with his powerful header after 75 minutes.
Peter Duffield had other ideas though and, after being hauled down in the area by Paul Reid, smashed home the winner from the penalty spot with 10 minutes to go.
Rushden & Diamonds suffered a miserable trip to Cambridge, going down 4-1 to slip to third place.
Tom Youngs opened Cambridge's account after 20 minutes and netted his second midway into the second half after Omer Riza had doubled United's advantage. Stewart Ward-ley pulled one back for the visitors but Dave Kitson restored Cambridge's three-goal cushion.
Having missed out on the signing of Faustino Asprilla, Darlington needed Barry Conlan's second-half goal to claim a 1-1 draw at Kidderminster after Ian Foster had given the home side the lead from the penalty spot.
Pre-season title favourites Hull again slipped up at Boothferry Park with Leyton Orient taking the lead through Ciaran Toner after 18 minutes. Dean Keates equalised with a long-range drive 19 minutes later to claim a 1-1 draw for Jan Molby's side.
Simon Weatherstone headed an equaliser for Football League newcomers Boston three minutes into injury time to claim a 1-1 home draw with Bury after Jon Newby had given the Shakers the lead three minutes into the second half.
Two goals in three minutes at the end of the first half gave Exeter a 2-0 win at Carlisle, thanks to strikes from Don Goodman and Santos Gaia while an Alan Connell goal gave Bournemouth a 1-0 win at Maccles-field.
Luke Rodgers' third minute opener for Shrewsbury proved to be in vain as Adie Mike and Ben Sedgemore secured a 2-1 win for Lincoln at Gay Meadow.
A 90th-minute Wayne Carlisle penalty nicked a 2-2 draw for Bristol Rovers at Scunthorpe. Andrew Dawson opened the scoring for the hosts and Martin Carruthers doubled their advantage but Robert Quinn gave Rovers hope before Carlisle's late strike.
Southend beat Rochdale 2-1 at Spotland thanks to goals from Mark Rawle and Tesfaye Bramble, with Gareth Griffiths' header scant consolation for the hosts.