WREXHAM suffered a blow in their bid for successive promotions after a 1-0 loss to Tranmere in League Two.

Luke Norris struck early at the Racecourse Ground and that was enough for the Merseysiders to condemn the Dragons to a third home loss of the campaign.

Phil Parkinson’s side remain third in the table in the five-team battle for automatic promotion.

“It’s not a season-defining defeat. We’re in a strong position and we’ve got to dust ourselves down and get ready to go again," said the Wrexham manager.

Mansfield extended their lead over Stockport, who travel to Crawley on Monday after drawing 2-2 at Salford on Thursday, to five points at the top of the table thanks to a remarkable 5-1 win at Bradford.

They were three up inside 20 minutes through Baily Cargill, Lucas Akins and Davis Keillor-Dunn, while Will Swan added a fourth just before half-time and Aaron Lewis scored late on after Andy Cook had pulled one back.

MK Dons moved level on points with Stockport and Wrexham after beating fifth-placed Crewe 3-1. Matthew Dennis scored twice, with all four goals coming in the first 25 minutes.

It’s just as tight at the bottom after Sutton gave themselves a lifeline with a 1-0 win at relegation rivals Forest Green Rovers thanks to Josh Coley’s goal.

“We’ve got seven cup finals and all we can do is just keep trying to tick them off," said Sutton boss Steve Morison.

Colchester drew 1-1 with Walsall to climb out of the bottom two on goal difference while Jack Nolan’s 79th-minute penalty earned Accrington a 2-2 draw with Notts County.

Doncaster claimed a 2-1 away win at Swindon while Gillingham and Grimsby drew 1-1 and there was a goalless stalemate between Barrow and Harrogate.