League Two round-up: Leaders Lincoln see lead cut
Leaders Lincoln held by Swindon after finishing game with nine men as Bury beat MK Dons to get second.
Last Updated: 12/01/19 6:30pm
Nine-man Lincoln saw their League Two lead trimmed to three points after they blew a two-goal lead in a dramatic 2-2 draw at Swindon.
The Imps had Bruno Andrade sent off on the half-hour following an off-the-ball incident but still cruised in front through Jason Shackell and a brilliant long-range strike from Shay McCartan.
Michael Doughty reduced the deficit from the penalty spot before Shackell was dismissed for dissent, and the visitors' resistance finally crumbled two minutes from time when Doughty grabbed his second with a right-foot effort from outside the box.
Bury leapfrogged MK Dons into second place after storming back from a 3-1 deficit to overcome their promotion rivals in a seven-goal thriller at Gigg Lane.
Jordan Moore-Taylor fired the visitors in front early and despite Jay O'Shea's equaliser, MK Dons seized control through Dean Lewington and a Chris Stokes own goal either side of the interval.
Two goals in five minutes midway through the second period from Dominic Telford and Danny Mayor pulled the hosts level at 3-3, and in a rousing finale Nicky Maynard came close before Nicky Adams won it for Bury with a close-range strike in injury time.
Managerless Carlisle saw their hopes of keeping pace with the top three shattered by a surprise 3-0 defeat at struggling Northampton.
Sol Campbell's Macclesfield also moved closer to safety with an impressive 2-0 win at Grimsby. But the future looks bleak for bottom club Notts County who were beaten at home by fellow strugglers Cambridge, Greg Taylor's 41st-minute header leaving the hosts six points adrift of safety.
Newport's hopes of building on their recent FA Cup heroics were undone by two late goals in a 3-2 defeat at Crewe.
Harry Pell scored twice as Colchester boosted their play-off prospects with a 3-0 win at Port Vale, Courtney Senior having paved the way for a comfortable win by grabbing the opener after just five minutes.
Tranmere also hit three in a 3-1 win at Cheltenham, with second-half goals from James Norwood, Ishmael Miller and Oliver Banks cancelling out Luke Varney's opener for the hosts.