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Cherries extend lead

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Bournemouth are now three points clear in League Two after a 3-1 victory over struggling Grimsby 3-1 with the Mariners' Paul Linwood scoring at both ends.

The result, along with 10-man Dagenham and Redbridge's 2-2 draw at Macclesfield, saw the Cherries extend their lead at the top of the league.

Alan Connell put Bournemouth in front after 27 minutes and a Linwood own goal seven minutes later made it 2-0.

The same player had the ball in the same net in the 51st minute to bring Grimsby back into it and it was three minutes from time before the home side made the points safe through Brett Pitman.

Dagenham's game saw eight bookings and two players sent off with two of the four goals coming from penalties.

Daggers midfielder Abu Ogogo was dismissed by referee Oliver Langford after just 10 minutes for violent conduct after a foul on Hamza Bencherif who was substituted three minutes later, and Macclesfield capitalised on their advantage to take a 2-0 lead.

First Mathew Tipton, who came on for Bencherif, scored from the spot after being fouled himself in the 31st minute and then Reneil Sappleton added the next midway through the second half.

Wesley Thomas gave Dagenham hope 11 minutes from time and after Tipton had been sent off two minutes from the end of normal time for a second bookable offence, Ross Draper handballed and Mark Arber saved a point.

Rochdale stay third after losing 2-1 at home to Accrington Stanley, while Notts County and Rotherham are level on points just behind them after County defeated Crewe 2-0 and Rotherham lost 2-1 at Bury.

Other winners were Barnet, Bradford, Chesterfield - they scored five against Buxton - Northampton and Shrewsbury. The matches at Lincoln and Port Vale were drawn. Darlington's 3-0 defeat at Barnet keeps them five points adrift at the bottom.

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Crewe Alexandra
Shrewsbury Town
Mathew Tipton
Wesley Thomas
Football
Bournemouth
Paul Linwood
Alan Connell
Mark Arber
Ross Draper
Port Vale
Chesterfield
Bradford City
Reneil Sappleton
League Two
Rochdale
Hamza Bencherif
Alan Connell
Abu Ogogo
Reneil Sappleton
Barnet
Brett Pitman
Accrington Stanley
Notts County

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