Shrimps pull clear

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Morecambe took an outright lead at the top of the npower League Two table with a creditable 2-1 win away to Dagenham and Redbridge.

The Shrimps went into the weekend level on 17 points with Rotherham but while the Millers only drew at Torquay, Jim Bentley's side took full advantage.

Danny Carlton (47) and Steward Drummond (54) put Morecambe 2-0 up early in the second half and the visitors held firm after Oliver Lee had pulled one back.

Rotherham were involved in a 3-3 draw at Plainmoor. Lewis Grabban and Ryan Cresswell put them 2-0 up within 10 minutes and after Billy Bodin (11) quickly pulled one back, Grabban (34) restored the two-goal cushion. But the Gulls fought back as Kevin Nicholson made it 3-2 before the break and Rene Howe hit the equaliser less than two minutes into the second half.

Earlier, Shrewsbury went third with a 3-2 win away to fellow high-fliers Port Vale. Marvin Morgan (three) and Mark Wright (14) put the Shrews 2-0 up before Ben Williamson (26) reduced the deficit. Lionel Ainsworth (50) made it 3-1, though, and Williamson's late second proved immaterial.

Burton moved up to fourth with a 2-0 win at home to Swindon while Crawley jumped to fifth as Tyrone Barnett scored twice in a 3-1 win at home to Bradford.

AFC Wimbledon are up to 12th having earned a 4-1 win at home to Cheltenham. Ricky Wellard (31), a Steve Elliott own goal (40), Jack Midson (65) and Rashid Yussuff (84) scored for the league rookies before Darryl Duffy scored for Cheltenham.

Macclesfield jumped four places to 17th with a 3-1 win over Northampton, with Ben Tomlinson scoring twice while rock bottom Plymouth's woes continued with a 2-0 loss at Southend.

Second-bottom Hereford were handed a 6-1 beating at home by Gillingham. Frank Nouble, Garry Richards, Joe Heath (own goal), Danny Jackman, Chris Whelpdale and Stefan Payne all got on the scoresheet for the Gills.

Early goals by Ajay Leitch-Smith and Byron Moore handed Crewe a 2-0 win at Accrington while Oxford were 2-0 winners at Barnet despite the injury-time dismissal of Jake Wright and Aldershot won 1-0 at Bristol Rovers through Alex Rodman's goal.

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Frank Nouble
Darryl Duffy
Crewe Alexandra
Rotherham United
Shrewsbury Town
Bristol Rovers
Jack Midson
Danny Carlton
Danny Jackman
Jake Wright
Rashid Yussuff
Chris Whelpdale
Jim Bentley
Hereford United
Swindon Town
Port Vale
Southend United
Cheltenham Town
Bradford City
Ryan Cresswell
Lionel Ainsworth
Steve Elliott
Kevin Nicholson
Rene Howe
Joe Heath
Rene Howe
AFC Wimbledon
League Two
Byron Moore
Lewis Grabban
Marvin Morgan
Aldershot Town
Oliver Lee
Mark Wright
Garry Richards
Torquay United
Plymouth Argyle

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