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Chesterfield extended their lead at the top of League Two to eight points on Saturday with a first win in six games at in form Lincoln. Craig Davis netted the first before a late header from Dean Holden wrapped up the points. Their lead was opened up because of the postponement of the big game of the day at the Don Valley with Rotherham and Shrewsbury having to rearrange due to a waterlogged pitch. They remain in third and second respectively though because of Wycombe’s surprise defeat at home to Accrington Stanley. That was the Chairboys’ third loss in a row and the chasing pack had the chance to close in.

Gillingham and Bury are both amongst that pack but they could only get a point apiece in a 1-1 draw at The Priestfield. Ryan Lowe equalised for The Shakers after Curtis Weston had opened the scoring. Port Vale saw off Bradford on Friday night and moved up to sixth thanks to two goals from on loan Rotherham striker and life long Vale fan Tom Pope.

Oxford are on the brinks of the playoffs now after an impressive 3-0 win at Morecambe with Asa Hall scoring twice. The U’s are now only goal difference away from the top seven as they look for successive promotions. Two form sides, Torquay and Southend, drew at Plainmoor and are both four points from the playoffs themselves.

Crewe slip to eleventh following a home defeat to Stevenage Borough with a Scott Laird goal enough at Gresty Road.

At the bottom, Barnet grabbed a late, late goal to deny Cheltenham victory at Whaddon Road. Wes Thomas looked to have give the Town side a first win at home since December but Joe Devera earned a point in stoppage time. Stockport took the lead at home to neighbours Macclesfield but then collapsed to a 4-1 defeat with Hamza BenCherif rounding off a dismal day for County. Hereford and Burton, both still in trouble, played out a goalless draw with both sides reduced to ten men – Russell Penn and Jonas Kovacs given their marching orders.

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