....they and second-placed Chorley were held to draws.
Avenue found struggling Southport producing some of their excellent cup form as they visited the Horsfall Stadium.
Port took a 13th minute lead through Dean Winnard which Jake Beesley cancelled out within 4 minutes.
Oli Johnson eventually put Avenue in front after 74 minutes and this time Southport responded swiftly with Bradley Bauress` goal coming just 3 minutes later.
Chorley left it mighty late before they claimed a point from their visit to The Phillips 66 Community Stadium against Leamington.
Josh O’Keefe’s 95th minute leveller cancelled out the hosts` opener after 31 minutes from Colby Bishop.
Altrincham moved into third spot, four points behind Bradford and above Chester FC, who were held to a draw at Stockport County.
Alty saw off AFC Telford United 3-1 at Moss Lane, with Josh Hancock giving them a 17th minute lead.
Dominic Udoh equalised midway through the first half.
And it took until the 74th minute for the Robins to re-take the lead through Connor Hampson.
Hancock`s second 6 minutes from time sealed the points for the hosts.
In front of another excellent crowd of 3,714, recent loan signing Akwasi Asante scored again to give Chester a 33rd minute lead at Edgeley Park.
But battling Stockport equalised right on the stroke of half-time through Sam Walker and the points were shared in the end.
Result of the day though must be fifth-placed Spennymoor Town`s stunning 7-1 win at the Impact Arena against mid-table Alfreton Town.
In dreadful conditions, the Reds suffered their worst ever home league defeat.
Glen Taylor with two, Stephen Brogan and Jamie Chandler had Moors 4-1 up at half-time – Reece Styche having replied.
Taylor completed his hat-trick 10 minutes into the second half and Shaun Tuton on 63 minutes and Andrew Johnson 5 minutes from time completed the rout.
Kidderminster Harriers saw off Brackley Town 2-0 at Aggborough and are sixth.
Ashley Chambers proved to be the Harriers` hero on the day, opening the scoring after 11 minutes and then adding a second just past the hour-mark.
Second half goals from Nicky Walker and Gavin Allott saw Boston United beat York City 2-0 at the Jakemans Stadium.
Walker opened the scoring 6 minutes after the break as he met Max Wright’s cross.
And Allott doubled the advantage 12 minutes later, forcing home Liam Agnew’s centre from close range.
Boston move up to eighth, two points off the play-off spots.
Blyth Spartans won 2-0 at Croft Park against second-bottom Ashton United.
Sean Reid broke the deadlock to give Spartans the lead 8 minutes into the second half.
Robbie Dale made sure with a second just 3 minutes from time.
Nuneaton Borough won for the first time in the league since September 29th with a 2-1 success at Blackwell Meadows against Darlington.
The Quakers went a goal behind just before half-time when a left-wing cross came over to the far post where Ryan Edmunds chested the ball down and blasted past Jonny Maddison.
Darlington levelled on the hour-mark. Jordan Nicholson picked the ball up in midfield, ran to the edge of the box, and struck a low shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net for his 6th goal of the season.
But Nuneaton went back in front on 70 minutes, when Dior Angus ran from midfield into the area and beat Maddison with a left-foot shot.
FC United of Manchester also returned to winning ways at Broadhurst Park against Curzon Ashton.
The Red Rebels got off to a great start when Josh Wallen put them in front inside the opening minute.
And Kurt Willoughby made sure the points stayed on the west side of the Greater Manchester area with a second goal 15 minutes from time.