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Runaway leaders Chesterfield moved closer to the npower League Two crown on a night when the three clubs in automatic promotion places put clear air between themselves and the chasing pack.

The Spireites remain 11 points clear at the top after claiming a 2-1 win at Northampton with second half goals from Craig Davies and Jack Lester. John Johnson got a consolation for the home side eight minutes from time.

Bury and Wycombe also kept up the pace, with the Shakers grabbing the only goal through Lenell John-Lewis five minutes from time at home to Morecambe, and Chris Westwood's header also sealing a 1-0 win for the Chairboys at Barnet.

None of the clubs who started the night in play-off positions managed to win, which allowed the top three to develop a four-point cushion ahead of those in the chasing pack.

Rotherham were stunned by Tom Adeyemi's injury-time winner for Bradford at Valley Parade. Lewis Hunt opened the scoring for the Bantams and Marcus Marshall equalised before Adeyemi snatched a 2-1 win.

Shrewsbury and Port Vale had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Vale's James Collins scoring in the 72nd minute to cancel out Lionel Ainsworth's 30th minute opener for the Shrews, who move up to fourth.

Gillingham had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Southend who twice came back from behind. But the Gills still increased the gap over eighth-placed Torquay, who lost out to a second-half Luke Guttridge goal at Aldershot.

Stockport remain rooted to the bottom of the pile after a dismal 3-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley, for whom Phil Edwards' first-half double added to an early opener from Sean Hessey.

To make matters worse for Stockport, third-bottom Burton secured a priceless 3-1 home win over Lincoln with two goals from Sam Winnall and one for Aaron Webster before Ashley Grimes' late consolation.

Macclesfield also moved closer to safety with Ross Draper scoring the only goal of the game at home to Crewe, and Hereford's move away from danger continued as Joe Colbeck struck a late winner for the Bulls in a 1-0 success at Stevenage.

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