Northampton overtook previous leaders Plymouth and went two points clear at the top of League Two with a 3-1 victory over Morecambe at Sixfields.
James Collins scored on his home debut to put the Cobblers ahead from a Joel Byrom free-kick. John-Joe O’Toole then doubled the hosts’ lead before Rod McDonald’s header put the Cobblers 3-0 up. Paul Mullin’s late goal was only a mere consolation strike in a dominant performance by Gary Wilder’s men.
Plymouth dropped to second place as they drew 1-1 with fellow promotion candidates Bristol Rovers.
The hosts thought they had won the match after taking the lead with ten minutes left when Billy Bodin headed home Jermaine Easter’s cross. However, Josh Simpson drilled home a great effort to earn a point for the Pilgrims.
Oxford got back to winning ways with a vial 1-0 victory over fellow high-flyers Portsmouth at Fratton Park, as Jordan Bowery came off the bench to score on his debut with an excellent finish from Jake Wright’s pass.
Leyton Orient beat Wycombe 2-0 at Adams Park in Kevin Nolan’s first game in charge of the O’s.
After a barren first-half, Jay Simpson broke the deadlock with his 21st goal of the season before Calaum Jahraldo-Martin sealed all three points for Orient.
Yeovil climbed out the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Crawley as both Ryan Bird and Tahvon Campbell, who rifled in a 25-yard strike, came off the bench to put the Glovers 2-0 up. Lee Barnard pulled one back for the Red Devils, but they were powerless to resist the home side’s dominance.
Carlisle let in a late equaliser from strugglers York on their return after Storm Desmond flooded Brunton Park seven weeks ago. Jason Kennedy put the hosts in front, but Luke Summerfield’s driven effort with three minutes to go leaves the visitors three points from safety.
Newport staged a remarkable comeback to draw 2-2 with struggling Dagenham. Christian Doidge and Joe Worrall had put the Daggers 2-0 up inside six minutes, but debut goals from John-Christophe Ayina and Conor Wilkinson in the last ten minutes led to a share of the spoils.
Wimbledon moved into the play-offs with a 2-0 win at Notts County following a dominant performance.
Tom Elliott put the Dons into the lead with an astonishing long-range strike that found the top corner. Andy Barcham then added a late second after initially hitting the crossbar, before following up with the rebound.
Luton were victorious for the first time under the management of Nathan Jones when they beat Mansfield 2-0.
Veteran midfielder Paddy McCourt gave the Hatters the lead from a Pelly Ruddock cross, their first goal in 366 minutes, before the roles were reversed with McCourt turning provider for Ruddock to double their lead.
Exeter came from behind to beat Accrington 2-1 to record their second consecutive league win.
Shay McCartan put the visitors ahead after picking up a loose ball and finding the net. But, Tom Nicholls equalised just moments later, and Christian Ribeiro scored the winner when he bundled in a corner.
Cambridge rescued a draw at home to struggling Hartlepool when Ben Williamson latched onto a long-ball to end the U’s terrible run of five hours without a goal, after Jake Gray had put Pool in front.
Stevenage have now gone seven league games without a win as they drew 0-0 with Barnet in a match that provided few chances.
Player of the Weekend: Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town)
Team of the Weekend: Yeovil Town
Goal of the Weekend: Tom Elliott (Notts County vs WIMBLEDON)