Imps slip-up – but remain top
LINCOLN City dropped points for a third straight game – but still hold a two-point lead at the top of the table after a narrow defeat at Colchester as nearest rivals MK Dons drew.
Frankie Kent tapped home Colchester’s close-range opener just before the half-hour mark as Lincoln suffered a 1-0 loss, while second-placed MK Dons struck back to claim a point from a 1-1 draw at Mansfield.
The home side took the lead as Jacob Mellis fired a beautiful 25-yard effort into the net before Jordan Houghton equalised midway through the first half for a share of the spoils.
Exeter remain third despite a 2-1 defeat at home to Forest Green.
Reece Brown fired into the top corner to hand the away side the lead five minutes after the break for his second goal in two games and Liam Shephard made it two before Aaron Martin pulled one back for Exeter at the death. Fourth-placed Newport surrendered an early lead as they drew 1-1 at home to Morecambe after Padraig Amond’s first-minute header was cancelled out by Kevin Ellison in the second half. League Two top scorer James Norwood netted a brace as Tranmere recorded an impressive 5-1 victory at home to Crawley.
Connor Jennings slotted Tranmere’s opener while Norwood struck their second just before the break and completed his brace as he headed home his 10th goal of the season 10 minutes into the second half.
Adam Buxton smashed a 58th-minute penalty into the top corner before Paul Mullin tapped in a fifth on the hour, while Ollie Palmer scored a consolation for Crawley.
Stevenage moved up to eighth after a 2-0 victory over Cheltenham thanks to summer signing Kurtis Guthrie’s header and Steve Seddon’s second on the half-time whistle.
Ten-man Northampton held on for a 2-1 victory at home to Oldham.