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Never-say-die Saddlers get out of jail in Bescot thriller; Walsall 2 Lincoln 1.

Argentinian substitute Walter Otta scored an injury-time winner for Walsall as a 2-1 win at home to rock-bottom Lincoln lifted them to third in the Second Division table behind Stoke and Fulham, who both won 2-0 away.

Lincoln took an eighth-minute lead through Tony Battersby but had Gavin Gordon sent off five minutes from time after Darren Wrack had equalised midway through the second half.

And although Walsall had seen Jason Brissett dismissed after 58 minutes, Otta's last-gasp winner after team-mate Andy Rammell had missed a 90th-minute penalty kept his side two points behind leaders Stoke, who maintained their one-point advantage over Fu lham with victory at Burnley.

Kyle Lightbourne, who struck two minutes into the second hal and Peter Thorne (62) were the Stoke scorers at Burnley while Gus Uhlenbeek (14) and Paul Peschisolido (30) were on target for Fulham at Wrexham. Fulham midfielder Steve Hayward had missed a pe nalty after seven minutes.

Preston drop to fourth place after a 1-0 defeat at home to Millwall, who had former Arsenal striker Paul Shaw on target after 17 minutes.

Manchester City lost 1-0 at struggling Wycombe, where Michael Simpson's 34th-minute penalty proved decisive, so Gillingham climbed to fifth after a 2-1 win at home to Oldham, who slipped to second bottom.

Steve Whitehall gave Oldham the lead after 69 minutes but Gillingham, with veteran goalkeeper Jim Stannard making his 604th league appearance after Vince Bartram was hurt while warming up, hit back through Carl Asaba's 11th goal of the season after 76 mi nutes and then Mark Patterson a minute later.

Chesterfield also move above Manchester City thanks to a 3-1 win at home to Bournemouth, midfielder Tom Curtis completing an unusual hat-trick by netting the visitors' consolation to add to his double for the Spireites.

Macclesfield had midfielder Martin McDonald sent off 20 minutes from time but had first-half goals in the bag from Ben Sedgemore and Neil Sorvel as they won 2-0 at York.

Blackpool also won 2-0 away after scoring twice in a minute midway through the second half courtesy of Brett Ormerod and Ian Lawson against Bristol Rovers.

Elsewhere, David Greene scored two minutes from time to give Colchester a 1-0 win at home to Northampton.

Hull City have sacked their manager Mark Hateley, but the results remain the same for the league's bottom side.

The Tigers lost 2-0 against Brighton at Boothferry Park, although the Seagulls finished with nine men.

City defender Warren Joyce was in charge, and only six minutes into his reign, Richard Barker put Brighton one-up, Gary Hart hitting the second.

"We find it objectionable that the Government should be thinking of making it permanent when it is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights."

The NCCL and other pressure groups will lobby MPs at the House of Commons before holding a (450) press conference.

The Prevention of Terrorism Act was a "temporary provision" introduced by the then Labour Home Secretary Mr Roy Jenkins in 1974 in the wake of the Birmingham pub bombings. It was given Royal Assent seven days later.

In 1976 the Act was replaced by new law (500)
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