As well as FC Halifax Town’s 0-0 draw with Salford City, there were 10 other games on Matchday 31 in The National League…
Leyton Orient cemented their place at the top of the table with a 3-0 win at home to Maidstone. Jordan Maguire-Drew opened the scoring for The O’s in the 34th minute. Soon after the restart, Macauley Bonne grabbed his 19th of the season. Bonne made sure the points were secure for the leaders in second half injury time as he slotted away a penalty for his brace and 20th of the season. The result meant that Maidstone stayed in 23rd place.
AFC Fylde nabbed a big three points away to Solihull Moors as they came away 2-1 winners. The league’s top scorer Danny Rowe opened the scoring for Fylde midway through the first half with his 20th goal of the league campaign. They held that lead until the 67th minute when Solihull’s Jamey Osborne equalised for the hosts. However, the game was level for only seven minutes when Rowe notched his second of the game which also made him the league’s outright top scorer. The win saw Fylde remain in 4th place while Solihull dropped a place to 3rd.
Wrexham ended a run of five consecutive league defeats with a narrow 1-0 win at home to Maidenhead. The deadlock was broken in the 65th minute courtesy of substitute Luke Young. Young’s goal decided it and saw Wrexham stay in 5th while Maidenhead also stayed in 20th position.
Sutton made it a fourth league home win in a row as they overcame Ebbsfleet 1-0. With the game heading towards a goalless draw, it was down to Sutton’s Gime Toure to be the hero of the day as he scored in the fifth minute of second half injury time to give his side a late, dramatic win. The result saw Sutton jump up a place to 6th in the table while Ebbsfleet dropped to 10th.
Bromley and Eastleigh also played out a tie which produced late drama. In the 88th minute, Eastleigh’s Andrew Boyce headed home to make sure The Spitfires won their first away game since November. The defeat saw Bromley drop a place to 12th and Eastleigh now sit in 8th place.
Chesterfield and Barrow played out a goalless draw at The Proact Stadium. The draw meant it was Barrow’s third 0-0 draw in four National League matches. There was a late talking point despite the lack of goalmouth action as Barrow’s Lee Molyneux was sent off for two bookable offences. Chesterfield remain in 21st place while Barrow managed to move up a place to 11th.
Dag & Red drew 1-1 with Aldershot in East London. There was no goals in the game until the 49th minute when Dagenham’s Conor Wilkinson scored his second goal in as many National League games. However, his strike was cancelled out 15 minutes later as Bernard Mensah equalised for Aldershot. Dagenham stay in 13th place while Aldershot also remain in 22nd.
Gateshead and Boreham Wood both continued their own respective winless runs as they shared the points in a 1-1 draw in the North East. The Wood took the lead just before half time as Sean Shields scored for the first time in the league since August. They held their lead until the 73rd minute when Scott Boden equalised for The Heed. Both sides remained in the same league positions as they did pre-match, with Gateshead in 9th and Boreham Wood in 14th.
Hartlepool ended their three match losing streak as they beat bottom of the table Braintree. Braintree did take the lead in the game as Justin Amaluzor scored minutes before the half time break. The visitors took their advantage into half time, however it didn’t last long once the game resumed as Nicke Kabamba scored his second National League goal in as many games. Seven minutes later, The Monkey Hangars took the lead for the first time in the game as Josh Hawkes converted a penalty which proved to be the decisive moment in the game. Hartlepool remain 15th despite their win while Braintree stay bottom.
Havant & Waterlooville played out a goalless draw with Dover at West Leigh Park. Havant’s Chris Robertson was sent off midway through the first half for two bookable offences, however the hosts managed to hold out for a point. Havant stay in 18th while Dover remain just below them in 19th place.
Bromley 0 – 1 Eastleigh
Chesterfield 0 – 0 Barrow
Dag & Red 1 – 1 Aldershot
FC Halifax 0 – 0 Salford
Gateshead 1 – 1 Boreham Wood
Hartlepool 2 – 1 Braintree
Havant & W 0 – 0 Dover
Leyton Orient 3 – 0 Maidstone
Solihull 1 – 2 AFC Fylde
Sutton 1 – 0 Ebbsfleet
Wrexham 1 – 0 Maidenhead
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