The Vanarama National League did not disappoint in its latest round of fixtures this weekend, with at least one goal appearing in all twelve games played on the final weekend in September.
For the Shaymen, it was a second away defeat in a row as a Sean Shields brace secured a comfortable victory for the Fleet. The first half was something of a non-event, as Town entered half-time at 0-0 for the eighth time so far, this season.
However, it only took substitute Shields two minutes to open the scoring for the home side, before doubling his and his side’s goal tally twenty-five minutes later. A difficult result to take for Billy Heath’s men, who see themselves in tenth position after thirteen games.
The more convincing result of the day saw Maidenhead United see off strugglers Guiseley with ease as they cruised to a 3-0 home victory. Ryan Upward’s third goal of the season came in just the third minute.
Funnily enough, ‘upward’ was the only way Maidenhead were going as they doubled their lead inside the opening five minutes, this time Harry Pritchard grabbed his third of the season. The game was wrapped up by the 35th minute with James Comley supplying the home side’s third and final goal of the afternoon.
Guiseley’s fellow strugglers Torquay United were defeated in cruel fashion against high-flying Dagenham and Redbridge. The two-looked set to share the spoils before a last-minute penalty, dispatched by Fekiri Okenabirhie, continued Torquay’s poor run of form.
Solihull Moors, currently sitting 23rd in the standings, have now lost their fourth game of the last five following an away defeat to Dover Athletic. Ryan Bird grabbed his fifth of the season to leave Solihull sitting in-between Torquay and Guiseley at the bottom of the table.
With Dover now sitting top, former table toppers Sutton United managed to rescue a point in the dying minutes of their trip to Wrexham. The home side were 1-0 up on the quarter of an hour mark through Kelly, and looked set to take the three points before Lafayette popped up on the 91st minute to salvage a point for Paul Doswell’s side.
Macclesfield made it four wins from five as Ryan Lloyd opened the scoring within the first minute against a stunned Aldershot side. The Silkmen managed to double their lead in the second half through Elliott Durrell, as they replaced the Shaymen in fourth position.
Woking have stretched their unbeaten run to four games as they claimed a point from Hartlepool’s visit, with two first half goals separating these two sides.
Hartlepool struck first in the 26th minute through Ryan Donaldson but an equaliser from Jamie Philpot kept this one at a stalemate. This draw keeps The Cardinals within touching distance of the top, only two points behind Dover.
Maidstone also kept up their pressure on high flyers Dover with a 1-0 away win against Barrow who sit dangerously close to the relegation zone following this defeat. The home side find themselves in 20th place following Joe Pigott’s 52nd minute penalty, only one point off the bottom four.
Elsewhere, in a mid-table clash, Bromley were left heartbroken as they saw Tranmere snatch all three points in the dying minutes of the game, with striker James Norwood clinching a 93rd minute winner for the away side. This sees Tranmere push themselves five points clear of the relegation zone, whereas Bromley now sit in 13th.
Similarly, another clash in the middle of the table saw Gateshead and Boreham Wood lock horns in a game that ended 1-1 at the Gateshead International Stadium. Wesley York put the home side ahead on the half hour mark but Boreham Wood managed to claw their way back into the game late on through Ricky Shakes to share the points.
A Danny Rowe double saw ten-man AFC Fylde see off a resilient Leighton Orient side in a game that finished 2-1 to the away side. A goal in either half from the prolific forward was enough to get all three points in this game, even with Montrose seeing red in the 90th minute. A McAnuff strike in the 72nd minute proved not to be enough as Fylde distance themselves from the relegation zone.
Finally, the game between Eastleigh and Chester was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
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