Steve Evans endured a miserable afternoon as Mansfield were beaten 3-1 at home by Swindon in Sky Bet League Two.
The Stags rejected an approach from Swindon to speak to Evans about their vacant managerial position at the end of last season, and David Flitcroft’s side climbed above their opponents with a convincing display at Field Mill.
Veteran full-back Matt Taylor set up Swindon’s first two goals, with Amine Linganzi bagging the first after four minutes and John Goddard doubling the visitors’ advantage on the stroke of half-time.
Luke Norris then added a penalty after the break after Krystian Pearce fouled Keshi Anderson, with Danny Rose grabbing a stoppage-time consolation.
Notts County went top of the table with a 2-1 win over Barnet.
Veteran striker Shola Ameobi’s first of the season gave Notts the lead after 16 minutes and Ryan Yates added a second seven minutes after the interval, with Simeon Akinola pulling one back late on.
Luton kept tabs on the other promotion-chasing sides with a thumping 7-1 win over Stevenage.
Luke Berry scored a hat-trick – his first goals for the Hatters since arriving from Cambridge – and Danny Hylton bagged a brace, with James Justin and Luke Gambin also netting as Ben Kennedy scored Stevenage’s consolation.
Exeter surrendered top spot after being held to a goalless draw at Wycombe.
Forest Green Rovers slumped to second bottom with a 4-0 home defeat to Newport.
Padraig Amond struck twice for the high-flying visitors in the first half, with Scot Bennett and Shawn McCoulsky on target after the break.
Tom Pope scored twice as Port Vale climbed out of the relegation places with a 3-1 win over Cheltenham.
Yeovil were 2-0 winners against Crewe, Jamie Devitt scored the only goal of the game as Carlisle won at Colchester and Grimsby played out a goalless draw with Crawley.
Adam McGurk and Garry Thompson were on target as Morecambe won 2-0 at bottom club Chesterfield, Accrington beat Coventry 1-0 and Lincoln’s game with Cambridge finished goalless.
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