Tyler Cordner netted his first league goal to help Southend United keep alive their hopes of avoiding the drop thanks to a 2-1 win over League Two rivals Leyton Orient.
Defender Cordner marked his 12th appearance for the Shrimpers by heading home a cross from Ricky Holmes to give the hosts a 42nd-minute lead at Roots Hall.
The 22-year-old, who scored four times during a loan spell with Havant & Waterlooville in the National League in 2018/19, was also on target for Scunthorpe in their 1-1 draw at Lincoln in the Football League Trophy in September.
Cordner and Cherries team-mate Kyle Taylor were both named in the Southend starting line-up against Orient having come off the bench in their 2-0 defeat at Colchester in midweek.
Although Louis Dennis levelled for the visitors on the stroke of half-time, Matt Rush came off the bench to bag the winner 14 minutes from time.
Victory left Southend five points behind Barrow who they meet in their penultimate game of the season at Houlker Street on Saturday.
However, Phil Brown’s team need Barrow to lose at Forest Green on Tuesday to ensure the battle for safety continues into May.
Sam Sherring played his part as ten-man Torquay United staged a dramatic late comeback to force a 2-2 draw against Notts County and regain pole position in the table.
Goals either side of half-time from Dion Kelly-Evans and Gulls old boy Mark Ellis gave the play-off chasing Magpies a 2-0 lead at Plainmoor.
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans volleyed home a Billy Waters cross to halve the arrears 15 minutes from time before Torquay had Josh Umerah sent off for two yellow cards late on.
And Gary Johnson’s team salvaged a share of the spoils when Ben Wynter popped up with an equaliser eight minutes into stoppage time.
Sherring, who also played 90 minutes in Torquay’s 2-0 win at Woking on Tuesday, has made 35 appearances in the National League and helped the Gulls keep 14 clean sheets.
Zeno Ibsen Rossi will be hoping to feature when Kilmarnock lock horns with Scottish Premiership rivals St Mirren for a place in the semi-finals at Rugby Park tonight (7.45pm).
Ibsen Rossi made his first league start since early February and played his part as Killie kept a clean sheet in their 3-0 win over Dundee United on Wednesday.
Kyle Lafferty’s first-half hat-trick helped the East Ayrshire club move five points clear of bottom-placed Hamilton Academical and two above the relegation play-off place.
Ibsen Rossi has helped Killie keep six clean sheets in his 14 games and came off the bench in the first half of their 4-0 win at Stenhousemuir in the third round of the Scottish Cup earlier this month.
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