As well as the Shaymen’s 1-1 draw with Chesterfield, there were 10 other fixtures in the National League on Matchday 16…
We now have two sides at the top of the National League table separated only by goal difference as Wrexham beat Dagenham and Redbridge 1-2 at Victoria Road. Wrexham took the lead through Luke Young in the 44th minute however were almost immediately pegged back by The Daggers as Ben Walker put through his own net to make it 1-1 going into the half time break. Wrexham regained the lead midway through the second half courtesy of Luke Summerfield and that was the goal which helped Wrexham on their way to three points and joint top of the table.
Meanwhile, top played bottom as Salford City entertained Braintree Town. Rory Gaffney gave Salford the lead in the very first minute of the game and it looked to be a routine victory for the home side. But they were pegged back on the stroke of half time by Braintree as Mohamed Bettamer converted a penalty for his side. Into the second half and 24th placed Braintree took a surprise lead as Bettamer doubled his tally. However, the home side wasn’t going to give up their unbeaten home record lightly and in the third minute of additional time Gaffney scored his second which meant a point for both sides, keeping Salford top and Braintree bottom.
AFC Fylde recorded their third successive home victory as they beat Maidstone United 2-0. The Coasters had to wait until the 68th minute for their opening goal as Neill Byrne put them in front. Their lead was doubled late on courtesy of Arlen Birch. The result saw Fylde jump up to 6th while Maidstone dropped a place to 20th.
Elsewhere, Harrogate Town drew 2-2 with Dover Athletic. Harrogate took the lead through Aaron Williams midway through the first half and held that lead through to half time. Yet they were pegged back by Dover just after the restart as Inih Effiong equalised for his side. Effiong scored again with 25 minutes remaining, putting Dover into a shock lead. The minutes ticked by and Dover were well on their way to securing their first win since August, however, in the fifth minute of injury time Harrogate defender Kelvin Langmead popped up in the nick of time to earn Simon Weaver’s side a point. Dover’s Anthony Jeffrey was sent off late on. Harrogate drop a place to 4th while Dover stay 23rd.
Ten-man Leyton Orient drew 0-0 at home to Hartlepool United. Orient’s Joe Widdowson was shown a straight red in the 59th minute for a bad tackle on Hartlepool’s Michael Woods. Despite being a man down, The O’s dominated most of the game yet had to settle for a point apiece. Justin Edinburgh’s men now sit in 3rd while The Monkey Hangers are now in 8th place in the National League table.
Boreham Wood got their first win in a month as they beat Maidenhead United 3-1. Keiran Murtagh put The Wood in front just before half time. Their lead was doubled in the 75th minute as Josh Umerah claimed his sixth of the season. Maidenhead pulled one back minutes later through substitute Ryan Bird. However, Boreham Wood’s three points were secured when substitute Justin Shaibu slotted home. The Wood jump up to 11th while Maidenhead drop to 18th.
Bromley got their third win in four games as they beat Barrow 2-1. Omar Bugiel gave Bromley the advantage early on however Erico Sousa equalised for Bromley in the 56th minute. Bromley’s winner came with 15 minutes remaining courtesy of Frankie Raymond. The win saw Neil Smith’s side jump a place to 15th while Barrow drop a place to 13th.
Eastleigh’s winning streak was ended as they were beaten 1-2 by Aldershot Town. Eastleigh took the lead early on through Paul McCallum’s seventh goal of the season. However, his teammate Reda Johnson put through his own net to make the game 1-1. Minutes later, Scott Rendell struck for Aldershot to give The Shots the lead and they managed to hold on to their lead, which meant they would be returning to Hampshire with all three points. Eastleigh remain 10th despite the loss while Aldershot jump to 16th.
Havant and Waterlooville’s winless run stretched to seven games as they were beaten 0-1 by Gateshead. The two sides were separated by Steven Rigg’s strike in the 56th minute which gave Steve Watson’s men the victory. Havant remain in 21st while Gateshead enter the play off positions in 7th place.
Finally, Solihull Moors recorded their fifth win in six games as they beat Ebbsfleet United 2-1. Solihull took the lead in the 21st minute through James Hylton’s goal, but Alex Gudger put through his own net to give Ebbsfleet an equaliser. However, Luke Maxwell struck late on for Tim Flowers’ side to give them the win. Solihull stay in 5th place while Ebbsfleet drop to 17th.
FC Halifax Town 1 – 1 Chesterfield
AFC Fylde 2 – 0 Maidstone United
Boreham Wood 3 – 1 Maidenhead United
Bromley 2 – 1 Barrow
Eastleigh 1 – 2 Aldershot Town
Harrogate Town 2 – 2 Dover Athletic
Havant & W 0 – 1 Gateshead
Leyton Orient 0 – 0 Hartlepool United
Salford City 2 – 2 Braintree Town
Solihull Moors 2 – 1 Ebbsfleet United
*Sutton United playing in the Challenge Cup
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