Ten-man Hereford grabbed their first point in five games in a 1-1 draw against npower League Two leaders Port Vale.
Sean Canham put the Bulls ahead with a close-range finish in the 15th minute but was then sent off for bringing down Justin Richards in the penalty area in the 28th minute. Marc Richards scored from the spot to equalise.
Guillem Bauza wasted the chance to put Hereford in front just before the interval when his penalty was saved by Stuart Tomlinson.
Chesterfield are one point behind Vale at the top of the table after a 2-1 win over Southend maintained their unbeaten home record. An injury-time goal from Scott Boden settled the outcome after an Anthony Grant goal had cancelled out Danny Whitaker's 26th-minute penalty.
Rotherham remained in the automatic promotion places but they had to settle for a 1-1 home draw against newly promoted Stevenage as John Mousinho cancelled out Nicky Law's opener
Bury were in fourth place after a 3-0 home win over an Accrington side that was reduced to nine men at Gigg Lane. Ryan Lowe put Bury ahead in the 13th minute and then made it two on the stroke of half-time. Nicholas Ajose scored a third in the 57th minute and Stanley's afternoon worsened when Michael Procter and Jon Bateson were sent off late on.
An 82nd-minute goal from Craig Stanley gave struggling Morecambe a 1-0 home win over promotion-chasing Shrewsbury while Wycombe inflicted a first home league defeat of the season on fellow promotion hopefuls Burton with a fine 2-1 victory and Lincoln beat Macclesfield by the same score.
Cheltenham kept 10-man Northampton hovering above the relegation places with a 1-0 home win while Marvin Morgan scored the only goal of the game to give 10-man Aldershot victory at Oxford.
Torquay grabbed a precious away point in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Crewe. Two goals from Mark Ellis put them in control within 16 minutes but Clayton Donaldson reduced the deficit in first-half stoppage time. Eunan O'Kane restored Torquay's two-goal advantage in the 67th minute but two goals in five minutes from Ashley Westwood, the second from the penalty spot, earned Crewe a point.
Elsewhere, first-half goals from Cody MacDonald and Jack Payne helped Gillingham to win 2-1 against Stockport, who pulled one back through Anthony Pulis and Barnet went second bottom after losing 2-0 at home to Bradford who climbed above them. Goals from Leon Osborne and Tom Adeyemi proved decisive.
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