League Two round-up: Leaders Luton thumped by Port Vale
Last Updated: 30/12/17 6:27pm
Luton were beaten for the first time in more than two months as in-form Port Vale clinched a staggering 4-0 victory over the Sky Bet League Two table-toppers.
The Hatters entered the clash on the back of an eight-match unbeaten run in the fourth tier but they fell behind in the 23rd minute when defender Dan Potts could only divert Ben Whitfield's cross into his own net.
Tom Pope struck on the hour mark after being teed up by the influential Whitfield, who tapped into an empty net after 70 minutes. Pope added his second with eight minutes remaining to complete the rout as Luton suffered their first defeat since October 28.
Vale have now taken 13 points from an available last 15 to move away from the drop zone and next go to second-placed Notts County, who were unable to close the four-point gap on Luton after going down 1-0 at Swindon.
Matt Rhead struck in either half as Lincoln stayed third after edging out rock-bottom Forest Green 2-1. Exeter are up to fourth after Jake Taylor's last-gasp strike sealed a 2-1 win over Barnet, who drop into the bottom two after Chesterfield's goalless draw against Colchester.
Marc McNulty scored and then missed a penalty in the second half as Coventry climbed up to fifth with a 1-0 win at Carlisle. Wycombe drop to sixth after surrendering a one-goal lead in their 2-1 defeat at home to Mansfield.
Accrington ended a four-match losing streak as Billy Kee's penalty, plus further second-half goals from Sean McConville and Kayden Jackson, saw Stanley brush aside Grimsby 3-0 to move up to seventh in the standings.
Enzio Boldewijn's goal steered 10-man Crawley to a 1-0 victory over Stevenage. Harry Kewell's men withstood the first-half dismissal of Josh Payne to secure the win.
George Maris scored inside the first 60 seconds while goals afterwards from David Amoo and Uche Ikpeazu gave Cambridge a 3-1 win over Crewe, with Chris Dagnall's strike for Alex proving mere consolation.