Swindon maintain lead

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Swindon maintained their five-point gap at the top of npower League Two with a slender 1-0 victory over Morecambe.

Robins striker Paul Benson grabbed his 11th of the season less than 60 seconds into the second half as Paolo Di Canio's side move closer towards securing promotion to League One.

With only six games remaining, Swindon are now 10 points clear of fourth place - now occupied by Crawley after Shrewsbury won 3-1 at Macclesfield to move into the automatic promotion places. James Collins book-ended the scoring, Mark Wright netting the second before Arnaud Mendy briefly cut the deficit to one goal.

Crawley fell back after being held 1-1 by Crewe at the Broadfield Stadium. The result could have been worse for Paul Evans' side, but Gary Alexander equalised with an 88th-minute penalty following Byron Moore's first-half effort.

Torquay kept a firm grasp on second spot thanks to a second-half Rene Howe goal against Accrington.

Southend failed to close the gap on the automatic promotion places as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Bradford. James Hanson's 38th-minute header and Craig Fagan's penalty ensured victory for Bradford while the Shrimpers' misery was compunded as Sean Clohessy and Elliot Benyon both saw red.

Tom Barkhuizen was bottom club Hereford's hero as the Bulls battled back from Stefan Stam's own goal to earn a point with a 1-1 draw against fellow relegation battlers Plymouth.

Kaid Mohamed and substitute James Spencer scored in the last 15 minutes to keep Cheltenham safely in the play-offs as they saw off Barnet 2-0, while Oxford were undone by Brett Williams' dramtic later as Northampton claimed a 2-1 win.

There was late drama at the Memorial Stadium as substitute Dennis Oli's last-minute goal helped Gillingham to a 2-2 draw with Bristol Rovers, while Rotherham struck late to secure a win at Wimbledon with Sam Hoskins' 83rd-minute goal enough for a 2-1 win.

An 88th-minute effort from Dagenham striker Brian Woodall earned his side a point at home to Burton, who had taken the lead through Jacques Maghoma and Louis Dodds' brace was just enough for Port Vale to put a big dent in Aldershot's lingering play-off ambitions as they clinched a 2-1 triumph.

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