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Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough saw his side move eight points clear at the top of the Blue Square Premier on Saturday with a 3-1 win at Altrincham, while promotion rivals Torquay United and Crawley Town also recorded important victories. 

 

Burton striker Greg Pearson, the league’s top scorer with 15 goals, struck either side of Dale Johnson’s leveller for Altrincham before John McGrath’s sweet second half strike sealed Burton’s victory in a match Clough described afterwards as one of the toughest of the season so far. 

 

Clough, whose side are now unbeaten in eight league games, told BBC Radio Derby he may still look to strengthen in January: “We do want two or three players in the January transfer window to just to help the squad along… it will be loan signings from League clubs.” 

 

The weekend’s most notable victory came at Plainmoor where third placed Torquay destroyed second placed Histon 4-1, courtesy of Roscoe D’Sane’s first half brace and strikes from midfielder Nicky Wroe and striker Tim Sills after the interval.  

 

Torquay, who had their 14-game unbeaten run ended by Eastbourne Borough in their last league outing, now sit on 42 points, two behind Histon and 10 behind leaders Burton. 

 

Crawley’s on loan striker Michael Malcolm grabbed his first goals since September to secure a 2-0 win at home to fourth placed Kidderminster Harriers, leaving them in the final playoff place with 41 points. 

 

The visitors were forced to play 83 minutes with 10 men when captain Mark Creighton was sent off for a bad foul on Crawley winger Jamie Cook. 

 

Sixth placed Cambridge United, also on 41 points, put four past struggling Salisbury without reply to keep them in playoff contention thanks to another impressive display by on-loan striker Scott Rendell.  

 

Rendell, who previously played for Cambridge before being sold to League One side Peterborough United in February 2008, has now scored three in five for the U’s, although Posh chairman Barry Fry said earlier this week that the move would not be made permanent after talks between the two clubs broke down. 

 

A Marc Williams hat trick helped seventh placed Wrexham to a 5-0 win over Eastbourne, with the final minute bringing two goals for the hosts and a red card for Eastbourne’s Darren Baker. 

 

Rushden and Diamonds and Kettering both won 2-1 and 2-0 against relegation scrappers Northwich Victoria and Forest Green Rovers respectively to keep them in the table’s top 10, along with Stevenage Borough who could only manage a 1-1 draw away at Oxford United. 

 

Jonathan D’Laryea’s injury-time strike handed 19th placed Mansfield Town a 2-1 win over mid-table Weymouth to end a run of four league games without victory, while 14th placed York City came from behind to win 3-1 at home to 12th placed Ebbsfleet United.   

 

In the relegation zone, Grays Athletic remain in danger despite a 2-1 win over 17th placed Barrow with two goals from Barry Cogan, while a brace for striker Wilfried Domoraud gave Woking at 2-0 win over Lewes to move them just outside the zone on 23 points but leave their visitors six points from safety in 23rd place. 

 

Results: Altrincham 1-3 Burton Albion, Cambridge United 4-0 Salisbury City, Crawley Town 2-0 Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Kettering Town, Grays Athletic 2-1 Barrow, Lewes 0-2 Woking, Mansfield Town 2-1 Weymouth, Oxford United 1-1 Stevenage Borough, Rushden and Diamonds 2-1 Northwich Victoria, Torquay United 4-1 Histon, Wrexham 5-0 Eastbourne Borough, York City 3-1 Ebbsfleet United 

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