Defeats for Cheltenham and Gillingham allowed Oxford to sneak into the top seven with a fine home win over Shrewsbury while a draw for Port Vale with Barnet enabled Crewe to steer themselves into the automatic promotion places with a 2-1 win over Bradford. Bantams manager Peter Taylor has said that he now fears relegation after a defeat that left his side two points above the drop zone.
Chesterfield stretched their lead at the top to six points by winning at Gillingham with Dean Smalley bagging a brace. Stockport are now bottom of the pile with Lincoln’s victory at Cheltenham couple with Hereford’s 2-1 home win over Morecambe.
Southend gained a huge 4-1 home win over Macclesfield with all four of their goals coming in the first half.