Richards fires Vale to the top

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Marc Richards grabbed his sixth goal of the season as Port Vale beat Accrington Stanley 2-0 to go two points clear at the npower League Two table.

Richards' volley in the 31st minute put Vale ahead before the home side closed out the match with a strike from Louis Dodds eight minutes from time.

Wycombe's Lewis Montrose scored with the last kick of the match to earn a 2-2 draw against Shrewsbury, who relinquished top spot. Andy Sandell had given Wycombe hope of victory before substitutes Tom Bradshaw and Lionel Ainsworth put the visitors 2-1 ahead. Shrewsbury looked set to keep their place at the top of the pile but Montrose's long-range strike beat Chris Neal.

Adam le Fondre bagged his ninth goal of the season to steer Rotherham up to third with a 1-0 win over local rivals Chesterfield.

Barnet moved off the bottom of the table after registering a 2-2 draw at Morecambe. Barnet had looked set for only their second win of the season when Glen Southam and Steve Kabba put them ahead but Stewart Drummond's close-range strike and Paul Mullin's 83rd-minute header denied the away side victory.

Blair Sturrock scored the third goal for his father's side Southend as they beat Hereford 3-1 at Edgar Street. Paul Sturrock's team cancelled out James McQuilkin's opener with goals from Barry Corr and Michael Timlin before the Scot's son sealed the win with 23 minutes remaining.

Cheltenham dropped seven places to 15th after being defeated 2-0 by Bury thanks to goals from Ryan Lowe and Mike Jones while Cody McDonald was on target as Gillingham moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Burton Albion.

Promotion chasers Torquay, meanwhile, suffered a shock 3-1 home defeat to Macclesfield. Elliot Benyon put Torquay on level terms after Hamza Bencherif's opener but the Silkmen raced to victory thanks to two goals in two minutes from Emile Sinclair and Ross Draper.

Paul Turnbull clawed Stockport back from the brink as his double allowed the Hatters to claim a 2-2 draw with Aldershot, who had opened up what seemed like a comfortable lead thanks to goals from Anthony Straker and Marvin Morgan.

Bradford plummeted to third from bottom after strikes from Northampton's Billy Mckay and Ben Tozer earned the Carling Cup shock merchants a 2-0 home win, while Stevenage beat Lincoln 1-0 at Sincil Bank and Crewe drew 1-1 with 10-man Oxford at Gresty Road.

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