Northampton thrashed Carlisle 4-1 at Brunton Park as they extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches, meaning they are also now 13 points clear of second-placed Oxford.
John Marquis put the Cobblers ahead before John Joe O’Toole made it 2-0. The hosts pulled one back though Hallam Hope, but further strikes from O’Toole and James Collins completed the rout.
Plymouth came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Oxford at Home Park as both sides remain in the automatic promotion places.
The U’s went in front when Peter Harley scored an own goal, only for Curtis Nelson to equalise. The visitors made it 2-1 when Kemar Roofe’s 20-yard strike flew in, but substitute Craig Tanner’s late header meant it was a point apiece.
Dagenham won their first home game since last April with a vital 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers York. Josh Passley’s effort 12 minutes from time means that the Daggers are now only seven points from safety.
Fellow relegation candidates Yeovil are now unbeaten in their last five matches and have recorded three consecutive victories as they beat Mansfield 1-0. Ryan Dickson’s stoppage-time effort ensured the Glovers are now nine points clear of the drop zone.
Hartlepool ended their four-match winless run as they beat Barnet 3-1 at the Hive. Fumnaya Shomotun had put the hosts in the lead, but Pool bounced back as Lewis Hawkins scored his first two goals in senior football, before Nathan Thomas sealed the three points.
Portsmouth easily dispatched of Stevenage 2-0 as Marc McNulty and Kal Naismith grabbed the goals to ensure Pompey remained in the play-offs, whilst the hosts dropped to 21st and are just eight points above the relegation places.
Notts County have now gone five matches without a win as they lost 2-0 at home to Bristol Rovers. Cristian Montano put the Pirates in front with a fine solo goal. The hosts missed a handful of chances to equalise before Lee Brown rounded off the scoring.
Newport got back to winning ways as they narrowly won 1-0 at home to Wycombe. Scott Boden netted his 14th strike of the season as the hosts made it two wins from their last three games, resulting in an 11-point cushion from the drop.
Luton defeated fellow play-off contenders Leyton Orient 1-0 to close the gap to just three points on seventh-placed Wimbledon. Jack Marriott’s speculative lob ensured the visitors won their fourth consecutive match.
Crawley Town were held to a 1-1 draw with Morecambe, who ended their five-game losing streak after scoring an equaliser with seven minutes left to play. Matt Harold had given the Red Devils the lead with just under an hour played, but Shaun Miller earned a point for the visitors on his return from suspension.
Exeter maintained their outside chance of a play-off place with a 1-0 victory at Cambridge. Ollie Watkins’ second half effort saw the visitors come away with the three points, and the Grecians are now just five points from seventh.
Finally, Wimbledon drew 0-0 with Accrington as both sides lost ground in the race for promotion. Stanley controversially had a goal disallowed on the stroke of half-time when Billy Kee found the net, only for the referee rule it out because he had already blown the whistle for the break.
Player of the Weekend: Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool)
Team of the Weekend: Dagenham & Redbridge
Goal of the Weekend: Lewis Hawkins (Barnet vs HARTLEPOOL)