Bury moved into the npower League Two automatic promotion places with an entertaining 4-2 win away to Northampton.

The Shakers were 3-0 up by the break at Sixfields through Ryan Lowe (24), Nicholas Ajose (28) and Damien Mozika (42) with Cobblers fans fearing a rout. Ajose did make it 4-0 but Shaun Harrad's double at least added some respectability for the struggling home side.

The win took Bury third as Shrewsbury were surprisingly beaten 3-0 at Aldershot, for whom Danny Hylton scored a brace either side of Ben Herd's 29th-minute strike.

Leaders Chesterfield were handed a comprehensive 3-0 beating at Hereford who boosted their own survival chances in the process. Stuart Fleetwood's 11th-minute header and second-half goals by Steven Leslie and Joe Colbeck earned the midlanders the win, which took them up to 19th.

Second-placed Wycombe drew 2-2 away to local rivals Oxford after coming from two down. Alfie Potter (35) put Oxford ahead and Dave Winfield's 54th-minute own goal made it 2-0 but Scott Rendell (63) and Jon-Paul Pittman (66) scored in quick succession to salvage a point for the visitors.

Torquay jumped from seventh to fifth in their play-off push with a 3-0 win away to Bradford. Kevin Nicholson, Gavin Tomlin and Billy Kee were the goalscorers. Gillingham joined them in the play-off spots with a 4-0 hammering of Lincoln City. Josh Gowling's, Cody McDonald, Daniel Hone's own goal and Ade Akinfenwa completed the rout.

Stevenage remain sixth after Lawrie Wilson's injury-time strike earned them a 2-2 draw at rock-bottom Stockport. Greg Tansey's penalty and Matthew Paterson's strike had put Stockport ahead after Mark Roberts' opener for the visitors.

Luke Prosser's last-minute leveller denied Port Vale victory at home to Southend as they chase a play-off spot. Robert Taylor had earlier put Vale ahead.

Barnet remain second bottom despite a 2-1 win at home to Crewe. Daniel Leach and Izale McLeod put them 2-0 up within 26 minutes while Clayton Donaldson scored a penalty for the Alex.

Only goal difference keeps Burton out of the bottom two following their 2-1 defeat at Morecambe, for whom Chris McCready and Danny Carlton scored. Cheltenham drew 1-1 at home to Rotherham while Macclesfield drew 2-2 with Accrington on Friday night night.

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