League Two round-up: Di Canio sees Swindon keep five point lead at the top
21:38 GMT, 6 April 2012
Swindon maintained their five point gap at the top of npower League Two with a slender 1-0 victory over Morecambe.
Robins striker Paul Benson grabbed his 11th of the season less than 60 seconds into the second half as Paolo Di Canio's side move closer towards securing promotion to League One.
Swindon are are now 10 points clear of fourth place with only six games remaining.
Delighted: Paulo Di Canio celebrates Swindon's victory
Torquay kept a firm grasp on second spot thanks to a second half Rene Howe goal against Accrington.
Mid-table Stanley made the Gulls work for their victory although the scoreline could have been greater but defender Mark Ellis hit the bar when well placed.
Shrewsbury moved into the top three with a 3-1
win over Macclesfield which extended the hosts' winless streak to 18
James Collins scored a brace for the promotion-chasing
Shrews while Mark Wright netted the other, with Arnaud Mendy giving the
Silkmen hope amid a late exchange of goals.
The leapfrogged Crawley, who dropped two vital points when they were held 1-1 by Crewe at the Broadfield Stadium.
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Boom: Paul Benson scores the winner for Swindon
The loss was compounded with two red cards for Southend, who remain fifth in the table.
James Hanson's 38th minute header opened the scoring for the hosts before Sean Clohessy was dismissed for fouling Nahki Wells, Craig Fagan dispatching the resulting penalty.
Things went from bad to worse for Paul Sturrock's side when substitute Elliot Benyon was sent off for an off-the-ball altercation.
Bottom club Hereford battled back from a goal down to earn a point with a 1-1 draw against fellow relegation battlers Plymouth.
Pilgrims' striker Warren Feeney missed a golden chance to open the scoring but was on hand to pressurise Hereford defender Stefan Stam into scoring an own goal.
Simon Walton then missed a penalty to put Plymouth two goals up before Tom Barkhuizen equalised for the Bulls early in the second half.
Two goals in the last 15 minutes kept Cheltenham safely in the play-offs as they saw off Barnet 2-0.
Barnet are fighting for League Two survival and held out until the 75th minute against Mark Yates' promotion-chasing side.
Kaid Mohamed broke the deadlock before substitute James Spencer guaranteed the three points with two minutes remaining.
Oxford remain in the final play-off spot despite suffering last-gasp defeat at Northampton.
Christian Montano cancelled out Luke Guttridge's early opener, but Adam Chapman's penalty miss proved pivotal as substitute Brett Williams grabbed a stoppage-time winner for the hosts.
There was also late drama at the Memorial Stadium as Gillingham scored a last-minute goal to draw 2-2 with Bristol Rovers.
Chris Whelpdale had opened the scoring for the Gills but the hosts hit back through Eliot Richards and looked to have won the match through Mustapha Carayol's 80th minute strike.
But there was still time for Gillingham to fight back and they secured a point when substitute Dennis Oli levelled in the last minute.
Rotherham struck late to secure a win at Wimbledon with Sam Hoskins' 83rd minute goal enough for a 2-1 win.
Midfielder Ben Pringle had opened the scoring for the visitors before Luke Moore drew Wimbledon level.
Hoskins' winner means Rotherham retain an outside chance of reaching the play-offs.
There was yet more late drama as an 88th minute effort from Dagenham striker Brian Woodall earned his side a point at home to Burton who had taken the lead through Jacques Maghoma.