Northampton took advantage of the top two dropping points by beating Crawley Town 2-1. Early goals from Joel Byrom and John-Joe O'Toole put Northampton in the driving seat before Simon Walton scored a consolation from the penalty spot in the second half.
Jackie McNamara has now lost his opening four matches in charge of York City after a 6-0 loss to Portsmouth. All six goals were scored in the second half, after Jonathan Greening was sent off, with Marc McNulty's hat-trick the highlight for Pompey.
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Yeovil Town are in danger of their third successive relegation and they were in a familiar position tonight, losing to Wycombe Wanderers after Luke O'Nien's 70th-minute goal consigned the Somerset club to the bottom of the league.
Stevenage earned a much-needed win at Bristol Rovers to move seven points clear of the drop zone. Ben Kennedy's opener was cancelled out by Matt Taylor but Chris Whelpdale netted on the hour mark to secure the points.
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Results in full: Accrington Stanley P-P Hartlepool United, AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Dagenham & Redbridge (0-0), Bristol Rovers 1-2 Stevenage (1-1), Crawley Town 1-2 Northampton (0-2), Luton Town 3-4 Carlisle United (1-1), Mansfield Town 0-2 Exeter City (0-2), Morecambe 2-4 Cambridge United (1-3), Notts County 4-2 Barnet (2-0), Oxford United 1-1 Newport County (0-1), Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Leyton Orient (0-1), Portsmouth 6-0 York City (0-0), Yeovil Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers (0-0)