Welcome win for lowly Plymouth

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Plymouth gave their supporters a rare afternoon of cheer with a 4-1 npower League Two victory over Northampton.

Bottom of the League, and having only exited administration at the start of this month after years beset by financial problems, Argyle recorded a first win in eight games in all competitions after a stunning early goal spree.

Simon Walton's eighth-minute penalty was followed a minute later by Nick Chadwick's strike and on-loan Hull winger Will Atkinson made it 3-0 inside 17 minutes. Ashley Hemmings struck a minute before half-time and Adebayo Akinfenwa's injury-time header was Northampton's only consolation.

The win moved Plymouth within a point of nearest rivals Dagenham & Redbridge, who were hammered 3-0 at Accrington. Craig Lindfield gave Stanley the lead before Padraig Amond's rapid-fire double killed the game off late on.

Crawley moved level with League Two leaders Southend after the latter were held 1-1 by Bristol Rovers, for whom substitute Matt Harrold cancelled out Neil Harris' opener.

Crawley won 2-1 at Rotherham, Tyrone Barnett and Josh Simpson with the goals after Brett Williams had put the Millers ahead.

Cheltenham occupy third place after beating 10-man Oxford 3-1. Sido Jombati opened the scoring and James Spencer gave the Robins a 2-0 lead almost immediately after Liam Davis was dismissed. Peter Leven pulled one back in the 82nd minute but Kaid Mohamed's free-kick restored the cushion.

There were also wins for fourth-placed Shrewsbury and fifth-placed Burton, the latter prevailing 3-2 against AFC Wimbledon. Billy Kee scored twice before the Dons' Luke Moore halved the deficit, and Adam Bolder's goal proved crucial as Burton survived despite Aaron Webster's own goal in the closing stages.

Nicky Wroe's penalty and a late Mark Wright strike earned the Shrews a 2-0 win over Morecambe, who slip below Swindon and Gillingham and out of the play-off places.

Swindon beat Aldershot 2-0 through Jake Jervis and a Darren Jones own goal, while the Gills were held to a goalless draw at home to Bradford and Nick Powell's goal earned Crewe a 1-0 win over Hereford in the day's other game.

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