Shrewsbury and Port Vale kept up their superb starts to the npower League Two season with victories on Saturday to set the pace.

The Shrews triumphed 3-1 at home to Northampton. It was all square at the interval after Kevin Thornton cancelled out Matt Harrold's goal but Jake Robinson's second-half brace secured all three points for the hosts.

Vale eased to a 3-0 away win at Macclesfield. Marc Richards struck on the half-hour and rounded off the scoring three minutes from time after Sean Rigg had scored the second.

Torquay, the other side on 13 points before the start of play, could only muster a goalless draw at Stevenage.

That saw them also leapfrogged by unbeaten Chesterfield, who crushed Cheltenham 3-0 thanks to Drew Talbot's first-half goal and a brace after the break by Craig Davies.

Rotherham were also comfortable winners, 4-1 at Barnet. Kevin Ellison, Tom Pope and Danny Harrison put them in control and Mark Byrne's 81st-minute response was rendered irrelevant by Adam Le Fondre's late tap-in.

At the other end of the table, Morecambe moved off the bottom with their first win of the season. They twice sacrificed the lead against Southend, Anthony Grant and Barry Corr levelling after goals from Stewart Drummond and Paul Mullin, but substitute James Spencer scored the crucial goal with 17 minutes remaining.

Hereford almost tasted victory as well but were denied at the last by Bury. The Shakers' Andy Bishop missed a penalty before Guillem Bauza showed him how it should be done - but Ryan Lowe popped up with a last-minute equaliser, Hereford's Kenny Lunt having been sent off.

Steve Williams' 92nd-minute header earned Bradford a welcome victory over Gillingham, while Stockport also triumphed by a solitary goal thanks to George Donnelly's strike at Oxford.

Luke Murphy earned Crewe a 1-1 draw after Jacques Maghoma smashed Burton in front, while Aldershot and Wycombe drew 0-0.

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