The big game in Coca-Cola League Two between leaders Rochdale and third-placed Bournemouth ended goalless.
The Cherries stay eight points behind Dale but second-placed Notts County continued their superb run of form with a 1-0 win against free-falling Shrewsbury.
Ben Davies netted against his former club in the 36th minute to make it eight wins from 10 for County while the Shrews have now lost six games in a row.
Fourth-placed Rotherham missed the chance to close the gap on Bournemouth as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Aldershot, who climbed to fifth as a result and are now only a point behind their opponents. Dean Morgan opened the scoring in the 16th minute and that was the way it stayed until the final eight minutes, when goals from Marvin Morgan and Dean Howell made the points safe.
Chesterfield took the lead against Barnet but ended up losing 3-1, and their tormentor in chief was 41-year-old Paul Furlong, who bagged a brace before missing a penalty.
Bury climbed into the play-off places and are now level on points with Chesterfield and Aldershot thanks to a 3-0 win over Burton. A Tony James own goal in the ninth minute put the hosts ahead and two late goals from Andy Morrell (76, 86) sealed the points, although the day ended on a sour note for Bury when Mike Jones was shown a second yellow card.
Northampton were held to a goalless draw by Torquay but Morecambe and Port Vale boosted their hopes of a top-seven place with victories.
Grimsby staged an impressive comeback at Accrington to keep their unlikely survival hopes alive - although they remain seven points behind Cheltenham after the Robins' 2-1 win at Crewe.
Two goals from Justin Richards (25, penalty 71) earned the points for Cheltenham, meaning bottom side Darlington are now 19 points from safety following their 1-0 defeat against Hereford today - Marc Pugh (74) with the goal.
Finally, Ben Wright netted a 61st-minute winner for Macclesfield in a 2-1 victory at Bradford after Emile Sinclair's opener (40) had been cancelled out by Luke Oliver (47).
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