Today in the Vanarama National League was goals galore, with 35 goals being scored across the board despite Eastleigh Vs Fylde being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Where to start? Which game had the most in it, that is the real question that needs to be asked in such a quality day of football for the National League and a great advert for non-league football.
We will start at Mill Farm where Aldershot Town’s promotion chase took a massive hit as they were brushed aside by AFC Fylde, in a 7-1 victory for the home side.
The game started with a routine goal from Danny Rowe in the second minute before Josh McQuoid equalised three minutes later. Sam Finley was able to retake the lead in just the tenth minute. Then another two goals from Danny Rowe completed his hat-trick before Finley added to his tally before being sent off for a second yellow card. Then Simon Grand and Jack Muldoon contributed with Fylde coasting to victory.
Next, we head to the International Stadium where another 7-1 victory came but this time at the hands of Maidenhead United who were thrashed by Gateshead.
Former Shayman Richard Peniket scored the opener in the 22nd minute before Jake Hyde equalised for the visitors after 25 minutes. Then Jamal Fyfield retook the lead for the Whites before a hat-trick of goals from Danny Johnson, and then goals from Patrick McLaughlin and Jordan Burrow also former Town man added to the emphatic score line.
Now, it is not an eight-goal thriller, but it is a thumping 4-0 victory for Tranmere Rovers, as they took advantage of Aldershot Town’s poor result to go third in the National League.
Dagenham were never really in this one. The supporters in the ground had to wait until the second half before the deadlock was broken. Connor Jennings did well to get to the by-line before cutting back to the waiting Andy Cook who got his 15th goal of the season. Then later in the second half James Norwood found himself in a one on one situation, with the outrushing goalkeeper Mark Cousins, the former Forest Green Rovers man dinked it over him to double the advantage. With a comfortable lead it allowed the away side to be more creative and in doing this it lead to goal number three, Andy Cook with it as he curled an effort into the far corner of the net. Then, the Rovers were not finished there, the fourth goal coming from James Norwood who flicked an effort past the keeper to put to bed a miserable day for the Daggers!
Jamie Fullarton’s second away game in charge seen FC Halifax Town claim a 3-1 victory, with a professional performance over Woking FC at the Kingsfield Stadium.
The Shaymen shun in a comfortable win in a game which had everything, Matty Kosylo getting a brace, and Connor Thomson managed to score with a header to get his debut goal. The first of the game came just after the half hour mark when Matty Kosylo was tripped in the penalty area and the spot kick was given. Kosylo scored from the spot to give Town a 1-0 lead. The equaliser for the home side came just into the second half, a moment of controversy as Charles-Cook’s shot was helped into the net by Charlie Carter who appeared to be in an offside position, the goal stood. The away side retook the lead with a Matty Kosylo wonder strike into the top corner, giving the keeper no chance! It was all over with ten minutes to go when a move involving the two new signings Raheem Hanley and finished by Conor Thomson with a flick header into the net, to give Jamie Fullarton his first win in charge.
We now move to Cheshire and Moss Lane where table toppers won comfortably as they beat Barrow 3-1 to maintain their lead at the top of the table with Sutton and Tranmere both gaining points.
It was some game which Askey’s men had to come from behind after Luke James on loan from Forest Green Rovers slotted past Shwan Jalal after a darting run into the box. Mitch Hancox levelled just before the break which a scorcher from 25 yards out to send both sides in level pegging at half time. Barrow did respond but with their efforts being missed, they then conceding a penalty for a foul on Hancox. Danny Whitaker scored from the spot. The victory was then finished with the February player of the month Elliot Durrell getting his trademark goal to add to the result.
Guiseley were dealt another blow today as they went down 2-1 against Bromley in the final minutes of the game.
The match was anyone’s to take advantage of until the final twenty minutes. Victor Nirennold seen red for a second bookable offence. Bromley took advantage of this and the lead in this one though, Josh Rees with it before John Rooney levelled in the 88th minute. Bromley took all three points with a winner in stoppage time, Omar Bugiel with it to get their first win since the start of February.
Staying down south, Leyton Orient and Ebbsfleet United could not be separated as they played to a 1-1 draw at the Matchroom Stadium.
Corey Whitely got the Fleet off to a good start, as he fired past Dean Brill in the Orient goal to give his side the lead. The equaliser came just after the half hour when James Brophy connected well with a pass from Sam Ling before driving the ball in off Ebbsfleet player, Kenny Clark.
Maidstone United were victors of a one goal game in Kent, as they took all three points in the dying embers of the game to add to the misery that Torquay fans are going through.
The away side were shouting for a penalty as George Dowling went down after a challenge from Alex Finney, but the referee seen no issues and allowed the game to continue. A game which was not for a neutral was decided late on when Josh Hare tapped home after a Blair Turgott strike had been ruled out for offside.
Sutton United, kept up the chase on Macclesfield Town this afternoon with a 1-0 win over Solihull Moors at Gander Green Lane.
Tom Bolarwina scored from a corner to give United the lead after tons of pressure had been mounted on the opposition in the first half. The home side had chances to double the lead, but Max O’Leary managed to tip Craig Eastmond’s shot over, and then from a corner Aswad Thomas’ header was cleared off the line.
The only goalless draw in the division seen Hartlepool United get another point on the board as they look to steer clear of safety, as they drew 0-0 at home to Boreham Wood.
The only thing to note in the game was a red card for Scott Harrison, for a second yellow card offence. The pools are now four points from the relegation zone.
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