PLYMOUTH gave their supporters a rare afternoon of cheer with a 4-1 win over Northampton.
Bottom of League Two, and having only exited administration at the start of this month after years beset by financial problems, Argyle recorded a first win in eight games in all competitions after a stunning early goal spree.
Simon Walton’s eighth-minute penalty was followed a minute later by Nick Chadwick’s strike and on-loan Hull winger Will Atkinson made it 3-0 inside 17 minutes.Ashley Hemmings struck a minute before half-time and Adebayo Akinfenwa’s injury-time header was Northampton’s only consolation.
The win moved Plymouth within a point of Dagenham & Redbridge, who were hammered 3-0 at Accrington. Craig Lindfield gave Stanley the lead before Padraig Amond’s double killed the game off.
Cheltenham occupy third spot after beating 10-man Oxford 3-1. Sido Jombati opened the scoring and James Spencer gave the Robins a 2-0 lead almost immediately after Liam Davis was dismissed. Peter Leven pulled one back but Kaid Mohamed’s free-kick restored the cushion.
There were also wins for Shrewsbury and Burton, the latter prevailing 3-2 against AFC Wimbledon. Billy Kee scored twice before the Dons’ Luke Moore halved the deficit and Adam Bolder’s goal proved crucial as Burton survived despite Aaron Webster’s own goal.