The result of the day today has to be Torquay’s as they battered ten man Shrewsbury 5-0 at Plainmoor. The Gulls were already in front when Shrewsbury’s Jermaine Grandison was given his marching orders. To make matters worse for them, Jake Robinson, on loan from Shrewsbury, scored twice against his parent club!
Leaders Chesterfield were beaten at Crewe as Clayton Donaldson scored his twentieth goal of the season but the faltering of most of the sides below them meant that they had a bit of a let off when they checked the rest of the results. Rotherham and Bury played out a goalless draw at the Don Valley and coupled with Shrewsbury’s loss and a home defeat for third place Wycombe at home to Stevenage it meant the Spireites kept their ten point lead.
The only side in the top seven to win were Gillingham who notched a 3-1 victory over Accrington with Andy Barcham netting twice and Cody McDonald once to send the Gills into sixth. They go above Port Vale who lost out at home to Oxford, a win that lifts the U’s to within five points of Vale.
Steve Tilson haunted his old side Southend with his new boys Lincoln – the Imps coming out on top at Sincil Bank. Ashley Grimes kept up his fine form to score twice in that one to deny Southend and seriously dent their playoff hopes.
Stockport and Burton played out a 0-0 draw in the big game at the bottom of the table. It could have been so much better for the Hatters had Matt Paterson found the net and not the cross bar in an agonising effort in the second half but County remain four points away from their opponents.
Barnet were the big winners at the bottom as they came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Hereford thanks to a brace from Izale McLeod. Morecambe are another side to be dragged back into the relegation battle following their defeat at home to Bradford. James Hanson’s goal was enough to earn his side a second win on the bounce and send them further clear of trouble. Meanwhile, Aldershot won at Cheltenham to ease their own worries.