Clarke earns leaders Brentford draw

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A last-gasp equaliser kept Brentford two points clear at the top as the race for promotion continued to hot up in Coca-Cola League Two.

Irish striker Billy Clarke netted in injury time to earn the Bees a vital point against fourth-placed Exeter at Griffin Park.

The visitors had taken the lead in the first half through Stuart Fleetwood but Clarke struck at the end to keep the Londoners top of the pile, ahead now of Wycombe, who rose to second place with a 1-0 win over Gillingham.

John Akinde continued his good form since joining the Chairboys on loan with the winner four minutes before half-time.

The result leaves the Gills in sixth but they are now three points behind Rochdale, who consolidated their play-off spot with a 1-0 win over Port Vale, midfielder William Buckley wrapping up the points in the first half.

Chesterfield now occupy the final play-off position after a 0-0 draw with Darlington enabled them to leapfrog Shrewsbury.

At the bottom, basement boys Luton came back down to earth after their Johnstones Paint Trophy victory at Wembley with a goalless draw at Lincoln which all but confirms their relegation.

Meanwhile, second-bottom Chester still have the chance to escape, but remain a point from safety after losing 2-0 at home to Macclesfield, while Grimsby are still hovering a point above the precipice after Michael Symes' goal gave Accrington Stanley victory at Blundell Park.

Elsewhere 40-year-old Paul Furlong scored his 200th career goal as Barnet beat Bournemouth 1-0, while Dagenham & Redbridge came from behind to run out 3-1 winners against Aldershot.

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Billy Clarke
Paul Furlong
Shrewsbury Town
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Dagenham & Redbridge
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Port Vale
Stuart Fleetwood
League Two
Michael Symes
Accrington Stanley
Wycombe Wanderers

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