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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 23 Mar 2014
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Luton Town extended their position at the top of the table after beating Chester 3-0. Goals from Matt Robinson, Paul Benson and Andre Gray earned all three points for John Still’s side, who now boast 14 points more than second placed Cambridge United. Gray also extended his goal tally to 26 – two more than FC Halifax Town’s Lee Gregory.

Grimsby Town moved into the play-off positions after winning 1-0 against fellow promotion chasers Nuneaton Town. Alex Rodman scored the only goal, only eight minutes into the game. The Nuns remain fourth in the league table and Grimsby in fifth, with only one point separating the two sides.

Welling denied Forest Green Rovers the opportunity to leapfrog both Nuneaton and Grimsby with a late penalty save from goalkeeper Lee Butcher. The game finished goalless, leaving Forest Green ninth and Welling fourteenth in the table.

Barnet moved up to sixth in the league after a 2-0 victory against Hereford United. Keanu Marsh-Brown’s first-half brace earned the victory for the Bees, who moved level on points with Grimsby. Hereford remain nineteenth in the table, four points above the relegation zone.

Gateshead beat Lincoln City 3-1, moving the Tynesiders into seventh position in the table, only one point behind Barnet and Grimsby. Goals from Jack Lester, Jamie Chandler and Ryan Noble earned the three points for Gary Mill’s side. Jon Nolan pulled a goal back two minutes into the second half, but it proved little more than a consolation.  Lincoln sit fifteenth in the table with 53 points.

Kidderminster Harriers drew 1-1 against Southport at the Aggborough Stadium. Danny Hattersley put the Port in front going into half time, whilst Jack Byrne equalised for the Harriers. The result leaves Kiddy eighth and Southport eighteenth in the table, only four points above the relegation zone.

Dan Holman’s third minute goal was the only difference between Braintree Town and Aldershot town, as the Brains won 1-0. Alan Devonshire’s side are still within a chance of reaching the play-offs albeit sitting twelfth in the table with five points fewer than Grimsby. However, Braintree has only played 34 games all season. Aldershot remain in the relegation zone, with two points less than Chester but with a game in hand.

Dartford piled more misery on already relegated Hyde with a 2-0 victory. An Alex Wall brace ensured the vital three points were won for the Darts, who are still third from bottom in the table with 37 points. As a result of this game, Hyde have now conceded 101 league goals, albeit sitting last in the table with the goal difference of -68.

Macclesfield kept their play-off dream alive after beating Tamworth 2-1. Danny Andrew gave the Silkmen the lead, but the Lambs equalised going into half time through Kevin Thornton. However, Scott Boden scored the winner that ensured a back-to-back victory. Macclesfield are thirteenth in the table, whilst Tamworth sit second from bottom with 32 points.

Wrexham and Salisbury City drew 1-1 in Kevin Wilkin’s first game in charge of the Welsh outfit. Neil Ashton gave the hosts the lead but Clovis Kamdjo equalised on the stroke of half time. The result leaves Salisbury eleventh in the table and Wrexham sixteenth.

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