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LEADERS Wigan secured a point at Peterborough thanks to a late Mark Arber own goal, whilst Crewe crashed to defeat to Tranmere and Cardiff lost to Notts County following a Mark Stallard brace.

The Latics remain well clear of The Alex in the Second Division, though Oldham and Queens Park Rangers closed the cap following home victories over Colchester and Bristol City respectively.

Wigan had looked on course for only their second defeat in 30 matches when Leon McKenzie scored into the bottom corner, however Arber's unfortunate intervention on Nicky Eaden's cross earned Athletic a point at London Road.

Notts County surprised Cardiff City yet again, after winning five of their previous eight matches at Ninian Park, and secured the three points on this occasion though Stallard (pictured), who now has 21 goals this season.

Crewe missed the chance to exert some pressure on Wigan following a late 2-1 away defeat to Tranmere.

Rovers went ahead just before the break, however Rob Hulse equalised moments after the half-time interval. Just when it looked like the points would be shared Ian Sharps popped up and scored the winner.

Bristol City's hopes of capitalising on missed opportunities ahead of them vanished when Kevin Gallen's goal after 19 minutes from the penalty spot earned Rangers all three points at Loftus Road.

Cheltenham boosted their slim hopes of avoiding relegation with a pivotal 3-1 home win over Mansfield at Whaddon Road.

The Robins had been winless in their previous five matches, but looked good for the points following first half goals from Martin Devaney and Marvin Brown.

The Stags did pull a goal back through Liam Lawrence late on, but it proved nothing more than a consolation for Keith Curle's men when Damien Spencer made it three in the last minute.

Northampton, like Cheltenham, secured a much-need victory following a 1-0 win over Swindon at The Sixfields Stadium. Paul Harsley was the hero of the game netting on the hour mark.

Port Vale boosted their survival prospects with a 1-0 home victory over Blackpool. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson netted the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after 49 minutes.

Pool's misery was compounded when veteran defender Colin Hendry was dismissed in the last minute - to conclude a disappointing afternoon for The Seasiders.

Chesterfield ended Plymouth's recent good run of form with a 3-2 victory over The Pilgrims at the Recreation Ground.

Marino Keith equalised Steve Payne's early strike, however The Spireites secured the win with a brace from David Reeves (17, 49).

Keith did score his second of the game with 16 minutes left in the contest, but the South Coast side simply could not fashion a late equaliser.

Luton boosted their playoff prospects and pilled on the pressure on Huddersfield with a 3-0 win over The Terriers at Kenilworth Road.

The visitors defended well in the first half, however their resistance was broken minutes into the second when Tony Thorpe scored.

Moments later Kenny Irons was dismissed for picking up his second yellow card and it was always going to be bleak for the struggling Yorkshire outfit after that.

Peter Holmes made it 2-0 with a clinical strike after 71 minutes, and the result was secured when Steve Howard scored late on.

Wycombe secured a 4-0 home win over Brentford thanks in part to two goals in two first half minutes from Jonny Dixon and Danny Senda.

The Bees' misery was compounded late on when Mark Peters was shown the red card for a professional foul, whilst Gavin Holligan and Darren Currie scored in the dying moments to give a flattering score-line.

Oldham bounced back from their first away defeat of the season at Bristol City in midweek to beat Colchester at Boundary Park.

First half strikes from John Eyre and veteran David Eyres were enough to seal the win, before Alan White was sent off just before the interval.

Barnsley secured a 1-0 win over Stockport at Oakwell thanks to a solitary strike from Bruce Dyer after just 14 minutes.

Click below for Division Two match summaries:
Barnsley 1-1 Stockport
Cardiff 0-2 Notts County
Cheltenham 3-1 Mansfield
Chesterfield 3-2 Plymouth
Luton 3-0 Huddersfield
Northampton 1-0 Swindon
Oldham 2-0 Colchester
Peterborough 1-1 Wigan
Port Vale 1-0 Blackpool
QPR 1-0 Bristol City
Tranmere 2-1 Crewe
Wycombe 4-0 Brentford

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