Yeovil Town were unable to build on their two straight wins last week. They lost 1-0 at home to second-from-bottom Colchester, who leap-frog the Glovers in the table.
Plymouth Argyle have moved up to fifth in League Two after a comfortable 3-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge. Reuben Reid scored twice, with his namesake, Bobby, also on-target at Home Park. The Pilgrims are now three points behind the automatic promotion places.
Exeter City have suffered their first defeat in 10 league games. The Grecians were beaten 1-0 at Stevenage. The only goal of the game was scored six minutes from time. Paul Tisdale's men are eighth in the table - just outside the play-off places on goal difference.
And in the Conference, Torquay United lost 2-0 at Braintree. The Gulls failed to test the home goalkeeper in a disappointing performance.
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Exeter Chiefs have suffered their first defeat in 9 matches.
Rob Baxter's men lost 18-11 at Sale in the Premiership tonight.
The hosts scored two tries in the second half, before Thomas Waldrom crossed in the last ten minutes.
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he believes his team can challenge for the League Two play-offs.
The Grecians had a slow, alarming start to the campaign but are now one of the most in-form sides in the Football League.
In fact, City have only lost one league game in their last 15 since the end of August.
They travel to Stevenage this weekend, hoping to cement their place in the top seven.
A major reason behind Exeter's rise has been their quota of gifted young players like Matt Grimes and Tom Nichols.
Bigger clubs are already circling like vultures, and selling any of the current crop of stars mid-season in January could derail City's progress before it reaches fruition.
Manager Tisdale admits he would rather retain their services, but remains pragmatic, admitting that Exeter City are "a selling club".
Exeter City have moved into the play-off positions in League Two and are undefeated in the last ten games.
Their success has meant players are attracting interest from other clubs - particularly 19-year-old midfielder Matt Grimes.
Manager Paul Tisdale says the club is trying to stay focused.
Yeovil Town players may have Manchester United on their mind, but today the team will be visiting the town's hospital.
Manager Gary Johnson and his players will be handing out presents to sick children who will be spending Christmas at the hospital.
The Glovers have been drawn against the Premier League giants in the FA Cup third round. The match is live on television on Sunday January 4th.
Yeovil Town will host Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Glovers left it very late in their replay against Accrington Stanley last night. They won 2-0 thanks to goals from Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore in the last ten minutes.
The Somerset club could make up to half a million pounds from the visit of the Premier League giants on Sunday January the 4th.
After the match fans were looking forward to the landmark next round:
Yeovil Town are through to a dream FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester United.
The Glovers left it late to beat Accrington Stanley in tonight's replay. Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore scored the goals in the last ten minutes.
The Somerset club could make up to half a million pounds from the visit of the Premier League giants.
Manager Gary Johnson cannot wait for the big match on Sunday 4th January:
Yeovil Town are one match away from hosting Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round. They need to be beat Accrington Stanley at Huish Park tonight. The winners also know the United tie will be televised, earning them an extra £144,000 as well as the prize money on offer for progressing.
It's been a good day for our Football League sides.
In League One, Gary Johnson will be celebrating tonight after beating his son Lee's team. Yeovil won 4-0 at Oldham, thanks to goals from Steve Arthurworrey, Simon Gillett, Sam Hoskins and Kieffer Moore.
Exeter City are up to 7th in League Two after beating Carlisle 2-0. Scot Bennett and Matt Grimes with the goals in the second half at St James Park.
Plymouth Argyle are 5th and on the same points as the Grecians, after a 3-2 win at Northampton. Peter Hartley, Andy Kellett and Lewis Alessandra put the Pilgrims 3-0 up before the hosts pulled two goals back.
In the FA Trophy, Torquay United had a comfortable 5-0 win at Bishop's Stortford. Ryan Bowman scored twice, with further goals from Luke Young, Duane Ofori-Acheampong and Jordan Chapell.
And Weymouth drew 1-1 with Havant and Waterlooville. George Rigg cancelled out the visitors' 61st minute opener. The Terras played most of the match with 10 men after Jamie Laird was sent off for a professional foul in the first half. The two sides will replay on Tuesday.