Dale defeat cuts lead to two points

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Rochdale's lead at the top of Coca-Cola League Two has been cut to two points after they suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Bradford.

Matthew Clarke stunned the home fans when he headed Bradford in front after 10 minutes, but it appeared normal service had resumed when Chris Dagnall levelled for Dale on the stroke of half-time.

However, Robbie Threlfall's free-kick put Bradford back in front 10 minutes from time before Gareth Evans made sure in the 87th minute.

Bournemouth took full advantage as they scored three times in the second half to see off Barnet at home.

Steve Fletcher headed in the opener just before the hour and Brett Pitman quickly doubled the advantage before adding another 15 minutes from time. The Cherries are two points behind, albeit having played two games more.

Bournemouth climb two points clear of Bury, who were held to a 0-0 draw by Morecambe.

Steve Cotterill will have to wait for his Notts County match in charge as their game at Darlington fell victim to the weather, along with Accrington's match against Burton Albion.

With County not playing, Northampton have moved to within two points of the play-offs by beating Hereford 2-0 away.

Billy Mckay slotted home the opener in the 29th minute before Adebayo Akinfenwa scored in the 67th minute to secure the points.

Meanwhile, Northampton are level on points with Dagenham & Redbridge, who came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Aldershot, Port Vale got off to a flyer en route to a 4-0 thrashing of Lincoln City and Mustapha Carayol rescued a point for Torquay at Cheltenham with an 89th minute goal, levelling after Barry Hayles 35th minute opener in a 1-1 draw.

Grimsby and Macclesfield shared the spoils as Richard Butcher cancelled out Jamie Devitt's opener for the hosts.

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Dagenham & Redbridge
Barry Hayles
Jamie Devitt
Chris Dagnall
Hereford United
Port Vale
Cheltenham Town
Bradford City
Richard Butcher
Mustapha Carayol
Steve Fletcher
Burton Albion
League Two
Robbie Threlfall
Billy Mckay
Matthew Clarke
Brett Pitman
Notts County
Adebayo Akinfenwa
Gareth Evans
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