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Brentford edged closer to promotion from Coca Cola League Two on Saturday afternoon with a convincing victory over Accrington Stanley.

The Bees maintained their four-point lead at the top after Sam Williams, Ryan Dickson and a Billy Clarke penalty secured the win at Griffin Park.

A Robert Burch own goal two minutes from time gave Exeter a dramatic 1-0 victory at Lincoln which keeps them second, while Wycombe stay third with a 3-0 win against Aldershot, John Akinde among the goalscorers with his sixth strike since joining the club on loan.

Bury are level on points with the Chairboys in fourth having also won 3-0 against Macclesfield courtesy of an Andy Bishop header and Glynn Hurst's brace.

Gillingham moved up to fifth with a 1-0 win at Chesterfield, leapfrogging Rochdale, who lost ground on the automatic promotion places after falling to a surprise defeat at home to Darlington in the lunchtime kick-off.

Jason Kennedy gave the visitors an early lead before a calamitous own-goal from Rory McArdle sealed a 2-0 win which leaves the Quakers with an outside chance of making the play-offs, two months after they were deducted 10 points for going into administration.

Shrewsbury complete the top seven, replacing Chesterfield after notching a 2-1 win at Rotherham, while Dagenham gave themselves an outside chance of making the play-offs with a 3-0 win over Bradford.

At the bottom, relegated Luton drew 1-1 at Barnet while Chester are in increasing danger of joining the Hatters in the Blue Square Premier next year after losing 2-0 at home to Bournemouth.

The result meant that the Cherries opened up a four-point advantage over their opponents, as did Grimsby, who defeated Port Vale 3-0.

In the day's other game, Morecambe overcame Notts County 1-0 at Christie Park.

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