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Shrews on the rise

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Shrewsbury moved into the npower League Two automatic promotion places with a 2-0 win away to Hereford.

After Wycombe drew 0-0 with Torquay on Friday night, the Shrews had the chance to move into third and seized it with goals through James Collins (27) and Tom Bradshaw (55).

Leaders Chesterfield could only draw 0-0 away to mid-table Oxford to lie five points clear of Bury in second and 11 clear of fourth place.

Accrington jumped from eighth to fifth with a 3-0 win over Bradford. Luke Joyce (nine) gave Stanley the lead before further goals from Andrew Procter (16) and Sean McConville (45) to secure a comfortable victory and take them within four points of the top three.

Gillingham dropped out of the play-off zone as they lost 4-2 at home to second-bottom Barnet.

Andy Barcham scored twice for the Gills but Izale McLeod's hat-trick after Mark Byrne's opener secured the win for Barnet. McLeod also missed a 76th-minute penalty.

The result did not lift Barnet from 23rd but closed the gap between them and safety, the Underhill outfit now just a point off third-bottom Northampton.

Burton won 2-1 at Aldershot to jump up the table to 17th from 22nd. Aaron Webster's early goal for Albion had been matched by Damian Spencer's equaliser for Aldershot, but Calvin Zola hit a 74th-minute winner.

Anthony Elding's header three minutes from time earned rock-bottom Stockport a 2-1 win away to Port Vale. The same player had earlier given County the lead.

Tyrone Barnett's header gave Macclesfield a 1-0 win at Cheltenham.

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