Swindon move closer to promotion

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Alan Connell

Swindon moved a step closer to promotion as a late 1-0 win over Plymouth took them eight points clear at the top of npower League Two.

Substitute Alan Connell scored the only goal for the Robins six minutes from time at the County Ground.

Manager Paolo Di Canio left the ground immediately after the game to return to Italy following the death of his mother last night.

Torquay slipped to third as they were held 0-0 by fifth-placed Southend while Shrewsbury overcame Rotherham 3-1 to move up to second.

Ryan Cresswell stunned the Shrews after just two minutes at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium but the hosts replied with a double from Terry Gornell and another effort from Aaron Wildig.

Crawley, in fourth, had to settle for a 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon after the early sending off of Hope Akpan. Sammy Moore put Wimbledon ahead after 77 minutes but Crawley equalised through Gary Alexander four minutes later.

Cheltenham strengthened their position in sixth with a 4-1 win over Accrington, the goals coming from Keith Lowe, Ben Burgess, Marlon Pack and Kaid Mohamed. Bobby Grant claimed the Stanley consolation.

Colin Daniel hit an 80th-minute equaliser as Macclesfield claimed a 2-2 draw against Crewe at Moss Rose to lift themselves off the bottom of the table. The Silkmen might have hoped for even better after taking the lead with a Lewis Chalmers penalty but Nick Powell struck twice to turn the game around.

The result of the day came at the Memorial Stadium as Bristol Rovers hammered Burton 7-1 after a hat-trick from Eliot Richards. Matt Harrold was also on target twice - once from the penalty spot - with further efforts from Mustapha Carayol and James Paterson while Calvin Zola grabbed a consolation.

Nahki Wells also scored a hat-trick as Bradford won 3-1 at Northampton, for whom Professional Footballers Association chairman Clarke Carlisle was on target.

Troy Brown equalised late on as Aldershot earned a 1-1 draw with Dagenham and Redbridge while Morecambe's clash with Port Vale and the encounter between Oxford and Gillingham both ended goalless.

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