With Chesterfield defeating the Cobblers, it was vital for Bury to pick up all three points in their pursuit of the leaders and they did so with a narrow home victory over Morecambe thanks to a late goal from Lenell John-Lewis finally breaking down the Shrimps’ resistance. Wycombe opened a four point gap between themselves and fourth place with a single goal win against ten man Barnet at Underhill. Chris Westwood grabbed the winner there with a header from a Matt Bloomfield corner securing a massive win in the promotion race.
The win was made even better for them by Shrewsbury and Port Vale taking points off each other at the New Meadow. Marc Richards scored twice for Vale but goals from Lionel Ainsworth and James Collins were enough to earn Shrewsbury a draw in a result that is a whole lot better for the teams around them but neither Rotherham nor Gillingham could take full advantage.
Rotherham were beaten at Bradford in Peter Jackson’s first home game in charge for the Bantams as Tom Adeyami scored a controversial late winner. With the game poised at 1-1 going into stoppage time, Adeyami struck from distance and the ball seemed to hit the bar but the assistant referee awarded the goal, and ultimately the win, to City. Gillingham could only draw at Southend but keep a firm grip on the final playoff place thanks to that game finishing 2-2.
Of the chasing pack, Accrington Stanley made the biggest strides forward with a 3-0 home win over Stockport County. Phil Edwards scored two penalties for Stanley as they move to within seven points of the top seven with plenty of games in hand. County, along with Barnet, look very much doomed now.
That’s partly because both teams above them, Macclesfield Town and Burton Albion, got back to winning ways last night. Macc saw off Crewe thanks to Ross Draper’s goal after the midfielder was pushed up front for the evening. Burton eased their relegation worries with a home win against Lincoln City. Sam Winnall made the most of a mix up in the City defence to give his side the lead before Aaron Webster added a second and Winnall rounded off the win from the spot. Ashley Grimes’ late consolation for the Imps wasn’t enough and Burton are now four points above the drop zone with five games in hand!
Hereford’s own fears are long disappearing and they picked up another impressive three points at Stevenage – Joe Colbeck netting the winner there. And Aldershot ended their run of nine games without a win by beating Torquay with Luke Guttridge the match winner at the EBB Stadium.