The clash of the top two sides in Coca-Cola League Two did not disappoint as leaders Brentford played out a six-goal thriller with Wycombe at Griffin Park.
Jordan Rhodes bundled home inside two minutes, but John Akinde marked his Wycombe debut by equalising with a header on 15 minutes. David Hunt restored the Bees' lead with a deceptive free-kick six minutes later, only for the visitors to draw level again five minutes before the break through former Brentford player John Mousinho.
Akinde, on loan from Bristol City, then gave Wycombe the lead four minutes into the second half with a superb solo effort, but the Chairboys made life difficult for themselves after Tommy Doherty's alleged elbow reduced them to 10 men on 67 minutes. Brentford upped the ante and were rewarded 10 minutes from the end when substitute Sam Williams struck to make it 3-3.
Third-placed Rochdale were unable to capitalise after going down 2-1 at home to Rotherham, Reuben Reid and Ryan Taylor putting the visitors two ahead before Adam Le Fondre's reply.
Bury stay fourth after Andy Bishop's late equaliser secured them a 1-1 draw at Lincoln, who had striker Anthony Elding sent off after half an hour.
Exeter moved up to fifth with a 1-0 win over fellow promotion rivals Bradford, although it was Gillingham who had looked set to take advantage of Bury's slip and assume third position until two late strikes from the league's top scorer, Grant Holt, salvaged a 2-2 draw for Shrewsbury at the Priestfield Stadium.
At the bottom, Luton look certain to be relegated after losing 2-1 to Aldershot in the early kick-off.
The two sides directly above them, Chester (22nd) and Grimsby (23rd), met at the Deva Stadium and played out a 1-1 draw which keeps them separated by a point either side of the relegation cut-off line.
The stalemate allowed Bournemouth to continue their heroic bid for survival, a 2-0 win at Macclesfield meaning that having started the season on -17, Eddie Howe's team are now four points clear of the drop zone.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Port Vale over Darlington and Morecambe over Barnet, while Notts County against Accrington Stanley and Chesterfield v Dagenham & Redbridge both finished 1-1.
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