With the New Year well underway with two full league programmes since the turn of the year, there was three more Vanarama National League games this evening, which would have been four if the match between Guiseley and Gateshead was not postponed.
We start in London where Dagenham and Redbridge were beaten at home 3-2 by their London rivals Boreham Wood. The game got off to a winning start for the away side as Bruno Andrade got the game’s opening goal before doubling the advantage three minutes into the second half from the spot. Michael Cheek reduced the deficit just less than ten minutes later before Balanta restored the two-goal lead just before the hour mark. Substitute George Spark softened the blow with a consolation goal in injury time at the end of the game.
Next, we head to Maidstone where another all London affair seen Ebbsfleet United take all three points after coming from behind against the Stones to win 2-1. The away side looking to come back from two straight defeats had a goal ruled out early on when Dave Winfield’s strike hit the back of the net but only to be ruled out. Ebbsfleet finally got their opener just after the start of the second half when Jack Powell made the most of some poor defending from Maidstone and slotted into the corner of the net to give the away side the lead. The home side in this one has not won in the league since 11 November thought they had a chance when Joe Anderson headed in to level the scores on 54 minutes. Six minutes later, the visitors went back into the lead when Powell struck again after Andy Dury set him through on goal. Ebbsfleet managed to see the game out and win their first in three games.
Finally, we head North and there were goals in this one too as AFC Fylde were held 1-1 by strugglers Chester who despite this result remain in the bottom four. It was the home side with the game’s early chance when Sam Finley curled a shot from 20 yards narrowly wide of Hornby’s post. Then it was the visitors chance to impress and nearly did so when Chester defender Kingsley James seen his effort rock the crossbar. The deadlock was broken ten minutes into the second half when Danny Rowe headed home to give Fylde the lead after a well worked corner routine. The game was level shortly after. Ross Hannah came off the bench to send Harry White through on goal who slotted past Lynch in the Fylde goal despite the goalkeeper’s best efforts.
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