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Late double dents Dons' hopes

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MK Dons dropped vital points in their quest for automatic promotion from Coca Cola League One after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Crewe.

The hosts started strongly, Aaron Wilbraham putting them ahead on the quarter hour with a deflected effort for his 15th goal of season and Jason Puncheon doubling the lead four minutes later when keeper John Ruddy allowed the winger's shot to squirm beneath him.

But Crewe improved after the break and scored a swift double of their own with barely 10 minutes to go, Mark Carrington and then Gylfi Sigurdsson from the penalty spot on target to make it 2-2.

Joe Royle is still looking for his first win in his second stint as Oldham manager but saw his side steal a late point in the 1-1 draw at bottom-club Cheltenham.

Substitute Danny Whitaker equalised for the Latics in injury time after on-loan midfielder Frankie Artus had marked his debut by opening the scoring with a neat left-foot finish after 31 minutes.

Elsewhere at the bottom, Swindon beat fellow strugglers Northampton 4-3 in a thriller at Sixfields to move above them in the table up to 15th, five points clear of the drop-zone.

Hereford revived their hopes of survival, halting a sequence of five consecutive losses with a vital 2-1 victory at Carlisle to draw them to within eight points of safety.

In League Two, Bury had the chance to go second but stay fourth after their match at Rotherham finished 1-1 courtesy a goal apiece in the last 10 minutes.

Efe Sodje grabbed an injury-time leveller as Bury kept their automatic promotion hopes alive after Reuben Reid`s penalty had put the hosts ahead.

In the only other game, James Ryan's superb free-kick lit up a rainy night in Accrington as they beat Darlington 1-0, the team's fourth win in five.

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