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Rochdale missed the chance to win their first promotion since 1969 on Saturday afternoon as the Coca-Cola League Two leaders suffered a shock 5-0 defeat at struggling Torquay.

Goals from Scott Rendell and an Elliot Benyon brace had Torquay three up at the break before Nicky Wroe with a penalty and Mustapha Carayol completed the rout in the second half.

Defeat saw Rochdale's lead at the top cut to two points by Notts County, who won 1-0 at Northampton thanks to Ben Davies' 47th-minute goal. County also have a game in hand.

Dale are still 14 points clear of fourth-placed Aldershot, though.

Third-placed Bournemouth, Aldershot, Rotherham in fifth and sixth-spotted Chesterfield all failed to win.

Bournemouth went down 2-1 at Lincoln to see their cushion over the Shots cut to six points.

Davide Somma scored twice for the hosts either side of Brett Pitman's equaliser.

Aldershot could only manage a 1-1 draw at Port Vale, for whom Sean Rigg cancelled out Dean Morgan's opener.

Rotherham and Chesterfield are level on points with Aldershot.

The Millers went down 2-0 at Morecambe, Phil Jevons and Simon Hackney with two goals in the space of three minutes in the second half.

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Rotherham United
Elliot Benyon
Simon Hackney
Nicky Wroe
Football
Phil Jevons
Bournemouth
Port Vale
Chesterfield
Ben Davies
Sean Rigg
Davide Somma
Mustapha Carayol
Dean Morgan
Dean Morgan
League Two
Rochdale
Morecambe
Brett Pitman
Notts County
Scott Rendell
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