This weekend seen a busy day for the Vanarama National League with a total of nineteen goals over the course of ninety minutes, with game of the day coming at Dagenham and Redbridge, while another epic game of football happened at Gander Green Lane as Sutton United narrowly beat FC Halifax Town.
Dagenham and Redbridge put to bed a small run of poor results as they came from two goals down to beat strugglers Guiseley 3-2 after Cox’s men took a 2-0 lead in the first twenty-five minutes of the game. Full back Lee Molyeneux’s deflected effort over keeper Mark Cousins gave the away side the lead before Mike Fondop-Talom doubled the lead. Unfortunately, it was not to be, and John Still’s Daggers stabbed Guiseley in the back with three goals, the first coming just before the half hour mark before they levelled just before the break. Howell won it for the home side ten minutes from full-time.
FC Halifax Town travelled down the M1 to play a Sutton United side who sat fourth in the league before kick-off. Billy Heath’s men were looking for their first win since September, but Doswell’s men had other ideas. Lafayette’s effort just on the stroke of half time gave the home side the lead before Dundas doubled the lead in the second half. Tom Denton managed to head home to pull the deficit back to one in hope that the away side would go on and win the game or take at least a point which would have been deserved. This was not to happen though. Lafayette got his second of the game in the 73rd minute. The Shaymen were awarded a penalty after substitute Danny Clarke was fouled, which the captain Matty Brown seen his spot kick crash against the woodwork. Soon after this however, Scott Garner slammed home from close range five minutes from time but the away side were unfortunately unable to get another goal to take a point.
Hartlepool United, on a good run of from recently were unable to continue that as they were beaten at home to Aldershot by two goals to nil. Mensah and Kellerman scored at the end of both halves to give the Shots the victory in the North East.
It has been tough going for the Gulls this campaign as they sit at the foot of the table after just two wins from twenty games this season. Their luck was not to change as AFC Fylde comfortably beat Torquay United by two goals to nil, Danny Rowe getting himself a brace.
Maidstone United and Solihull Moors had to settle for a point each which takes Solihull a point away from fellow strugglers Torquay United. The scoring was opened after just 42 seconds when Joe Piggott got his ninth of the campaign. The game was levelled just under fifteen minutes from the full-time whistle when Kwame Thomas levelled the match. Maidstone will be wondering why they didn’t take more given the gap in the table.
Bromley are another side who would have been expecting to do better as they could only manage a 1-1 draw with strugglers Chester on their own patch. It was Chester who took the lead after Ross Hannah netted after latching onto a good ball from Dawson. It was not like that for long though. Bromley equalised a minute later, Louis Dennis who tapped home after Wanadio’s effort was parried by Lynch.
Barrow were able to take all three points from Eastleigh and get their second win in thirteen games. Byron Harrison scored the game’s first goal after a little over half an hour played, Adi Yussuf with the assist. In the second half, Jimmy Dunne finished the game off by calmly putting a shot into the top corner of the net, no chance for the keeper.
The game in Tyneside was nothing for a neutral to enjoy with just the one goal in the dying embers of a poor-quality game between Gateshead and Tranmere Rovers. After the 5-0 thrashing mid-week in the FA Cup, Micky Mellon’s men were unable to get back to winning ways as Adam Buxton’s own goal decided the game in the 93rd minute.
After the sacking of Steve Davis mid-week, Leyton Orient managed to get a point against Dover. Nortei Nortey was a little more well behaved as he opened the scoring for the visitors as he fired Dover in front inside 23 minutes. Craig Clay rescued the O’s, thirteen minutes from time after combining with James Dayton.
After Ebbsfleet’s positive result against Leyton Orient last weekend, they were undone by Wrexham who won 2-0 in Wales, who now are just one point from top with the victory, meanwhile, Ebbsfleet sit twelfth.
Woking after their epic 3-0-win mid-week against Football League Outfit Bury, were held at home to Maidenhead, and went behind after just ten minutes. Charlie Carter managed to level for the home side just before half time, to give Woking a point to take from the game.
Finally, Macclesfield Town continued their good start to the season, even though they played through to a goalless draw with Boreham Wood who sit tenth in the league after twenty games this campaign. It was Macclesfield with most of the chances and Mitch Hancox nearly snatched the three points for the hosts late on.
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