Crawley joined Southend on 22 points at the top of npower League Two after a Matt Tubbs double helped them see off rock-bottom Plymouth 2-0.
Tubbs opened the scoring in the fifth minute before netting his second in the 61st minute as highly-fancied Crawley recorded their third successive league win to move level with the Shrimpers, who beat Shrewsbury on Friday night.
Morecambe are a point further back in third after salvaging a draw from their trip to Torquay with a late equaliser. A week after losing 3-2 at home to Bristol Rovers, Morecambe looked set for more disappointment after going behind to a second-half Lee Mansell goal, but Kevin Ellison struck eight minutes from time to earn his side a 1-1 draw.
AFC Wimbledon moved into the top four after making a blistering start in their 3-1 home win over fellow high-flyers Gillingham. Three goals in the opening 22 minutes from Christian Jolley (two) and Jack Midson put Wimbledon on their way to a third consecutive win, with Charlie Lee's second-half goal nothing more than a consolation for Gillingham.
Oxford climbed into the play-off berths with a 1-0 triumph at second-bottom Hereford, Robert Hall's 32nd-minute goal proving the winner while Port Vale captain Marc Richards made an impressive return from his three-match suspension, netting twice in the opening 26 minutes to help Micky Adams' side claim a 2-0 win over stumbling Rotherham.
Charlie Barnett climbed off the bench to score an 88th-minute winner for Accrington Stanley in their 3-2 triumph over Aldershot. Aldershot had twice taken a first-half lead through goals from Danny Hylton, but Accrington hit back both times thanks to efforts from Sean Hessey and Danny Coid before Barnett's late intervention.
Dagenham & Redbridge also left it late before defeating Crewe to end a run of five successive league defeats. Byron Moore put Crewe ahead in the 75th minute but Sam Williams levelled just 60 seconds later before Richard Rose headed in a stoppage-time winner for the home side.
Another late winner came at Barnet, where Ben Tozer scored in the 89th minute to give Northampton a 2-1 comeback victory. Barnet had taken a first-half lead through Ricky Holmes but Northampton equalised just after half-time through Arron Davies.
Bristol Rovers were unable to follow up their win over Morecambe as they were beaten 3-1 at home by neighbouring Cheltenham. The visitors scored three times in 12 minutes either side of half-time through Kaid Mohamed, Luke Summerfield and James Spencer and Rovers could only pull one goal back when Lee Brown netted.
Burton battled back from 2-0 down to draw against Bradford. Early goals from Kyel Reid and James Hanson had put lowly Bradford in control but Burton hit back just before the break to level the score up at 2-2, Billy Kee scoring one and Justin Richards netting the equaliser from the penalty spot.
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