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Bath move into second place after beating Newcastle

Semesa Rokoduguni was one of Bath's four try scorers at Newcastle tonight Credit: PA

Rugby and Bath put their European Champions Cup exit behind them as they faced Newcastle in the Premiership tonight.

And their energy paid off as the moved into second place, beating Newcastle 19-29. Ollie Devoto, Semesa Rokoduguni, Anthony Watson & Matt Banahan all crossed for Bath and George Ford kicked three conversions and a penalty.


Wins for Bristol City & Swindon at the top of League One

There were wins for Bristol City, Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers today.

Bristol City go into 2015 at the top of League One after a 3-1 win at Gillingham. Matt Smith scored twice with Scott Wagstaff also on target at Priestfield.

Swindon are up to second and just one point behind City after a 1-0 win over Port Vale. Andy Williams headed the winner with his 14th goal of the season.

In League Two, Cheltenham lost 1-0 at home to Newport, with their former striker Chris Zebroski scoring the only goal of the game.

In the Conference, Bristol Rovers had a convincing 4-0 win over Macclesfield. Andy Monkhouse, Nathan Blissett, Matty Taylor and Ellis Harrison (pen) with the goals at the Memorial Stadium.

While Forest Green's match at Wrexham was called off because of a frozen pitch.

Wins for Bristol City & Swindon keep it tight at the top

Substitute Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored Bristol City's second goal from the penalty spot. Credit: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City have won the West Country derby with Yeovil at Ashton Gate. Matt Smith and a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas penalty with the goals for City, before Ben Nugent pulled one back with a late long-range effort. Kieran Agard also missed a first-half penalty for the hosts. The Glovers are now bottom of the table after Crewe won at Oldham, while the win keeps Steve Cotterill's men at the top of League One.

They're one point ahead of Swindon, who had a convincing 4-1 win at Walsall. Andy Williams scored twice with Michael Smith and Massimo Luongo also on target.

In League Two, Cheltenham lost 1-0 at Exeter City. Tom Nichols scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute.

In the Conference, Forest Green Rovers twice threw away the lead against Kidderminster. A late goal giving the visitors a 3-2 win.

And Bristol Rovers won 2-1 at Torquay thanks to first-half goals from Matty Taylor and Neal Trotman. Rovers are now 2nd in the table, 9 points behind leaders Barnet.

Today's local football results.


Forest Green Rovers lose at home to Kidderminster

Forest Green Rovers have been beaten 3-2 at home by Kidderminster in the Conference.

Rovers led twice through Lee Hughes and James Norwood, but were pegged back on each occasion.

Aman Verma hit the winner for the visitors in the 81st minute.

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Gary Johnson is back at Ashton Gate as Yeovil take on League One leaders Bristol City. Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

All our football teams are in action today as part of the busy festive period.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson returns to Ashton Gate today for the first time since leaving Bristol City in 2010.

You can follow your team's progress this afternoon by clicking on the links below from 3pm for live text updates.


Forest Green Rovers vs Kidderminster (1pm kick-off)

Torquay United vs Bristol Rovers

Defeats for all our League One teams

All three of our League One teams lost 1-0 today.

Top-of-the-table Bristol City have been beaten 1-0 at bottom club Crewe. The only goal of the game was scored in the 74th minute after City had Derrick Williams sent off for two bookable offences.

Swindon Town missed the chance to go top. Michael Smith saw his penalty saved as Mark Cooper's men suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Doncaster. The visitors' winner also came from the penalty spot.

Yeovil Town were unable to build on their two straight wins last week. They lost 1-0 at home to second-from-bottom Colchester, who leap-frog the Glovers in the table.

In League Two, Cheltenham Town drew 1-1 with Portsmouth, despite taking the lead through Omari Sterling-James' first half strike.

Last night in the Conference, Forest Green Rovers lost 2-1 at Grimsby, while Bristol Rovers beat Gateshead 3-2 at the Memorial Stadium.

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