Manager of the month Ronnie Moore and player of the month Andy Robinson broke the ‘curse of the awards’ as Robinson found the back of the net after Jake Cassidy had opened the scoring at Prenton Park.
Notts County are second on 13 points after a 2-2 draw at Oldham in which they led twice despite being a man down from the 22nd minute.
Andre Boucaud received a straight red card but early in the second half Joss Labadie put the visitors ahead at Boundary Park.
Nottingham Forest loanee Matt Derbyshire levelled the contest before Jamal Campbell-Ryce restored Keith Curle’s side’s lead with eight minutes left.
Jose Baxter, snapped up as a free agent this week after his release from Everton, equalised for the Latics again three minutes later to deny the Magpies a big victory against the odds.
Gary Alexander grabbed his second double of the season to fire Crawley to a 2-1 victory at Preston.
The 33-year-old striker headed Crawley in front in the 54th minute before crashing a superb shot past Thorsten Stuckmann four minutes later to seal the win despite Paul Huntington’s late effort.
All the goals flowed in a thrilling first half as Swindon twice pegged back Carlisle to earn a deserved 2-2 draw at Brunton Park.
On-loan Birmingham striker Jake Jervis scored twice for Carlisle, but each time the Robins hit back, Adam Rooney and Paul Benson keeping them on level terms by the break.
It was an error by Swindon skipper Alan McCormack which led to Carlisle taking a 14th-minute lead.
His clearance bounced back into the danger area where Jervis seized on the chance to steer the ball past Robins goalkeeper Wesley Foderingham from 18 yards.
Walsall stretched their unbeaten record to five games after long-range goals from James Baxendale and Florent Cuvelier earned a 2-1 win at Portsmouth with Izale McLeod scoring a consolation for Pompey.
Doncaster secured their third win of the season and heaped more misery on struggling Colchester with a 2-1 away win.
Leon Clarke’s early goal secured a 1-0 win for Scunthorpe and ended Shrewsbury’s proud unbeaten home record spanning 34 matches.
Not since Bury won 3-0 at the Greenhous Meadow in March 2011 had Shrewsbury tasted defeat in front of their own supporters - with the Shakers that night managed by current Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill.
A dreadful miss from Mark Cullen prevented Bury from snatching a shock win at Sheffield United as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
Substitute Robin Shroot netted nine minutes from time as Stevenage came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with 10-man Crewe.
Charlie McDonald scored the only goal as MK Dons recorded a 1-0 victory over Yeovil at stadium:mk, while Bournemouth and Hartlepool shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw at Dean Court.
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