Chris O'Grady fired a hat-trick for Rochdale as they opened up a nine-point lead at the top of Coca-Cola League Two with a 4-1 win over Cheltenham at Whaddon Road.

The striker, who is on loan from Oldham, combined with strike partner Chris Dagnall before slotting past Scott Brown to put the visitors ahead.

He added a second before Thomas Kennedy put Rochdale 3-0 up after bundling in a Tom Kennedy free-kick.

Cheltenham pulled one back with a Michael Townsend goal in the 90th minute but it was O'Grady who had the final say on the day's proceedings as he turned home his third from 12 yards with the final kick of the game.

Bournemouth lost further ground on the league leaders after they were defeated 2-1 by Aldershot.

Andy Sandell's free kick put Aldershot ahead before Brett Pitman converted a 61st-minute penalty to pull the promotion chasers level.

Bournemouth thought they had done enough to earn a draw but Anthony Straker hit the winner three minutes from time while the visitors endured the added frustration of ending the match with 10 men after Warren Cummings was dismissed at the death.

Bury closed the gap on Bournemouth to just one point after they beat Hereford 1-0 courtesy of a fantastic Mike Jones free-kick.

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