Vanarama National League News
Following Saturday’s impressive 3-1 away win at Woking FC, FC Halifax Town now have a quick turnaround, as Dagenham and Redbridge pay a visit to the MBi Shay Stadium on Tuesday night.
Two goals from Matty Kosylo and a debut goal for new boy Connor Thomson saw the Shaymen cruise to a comfortable victory at Kingsfield Stadium, making sure Charlie Carter’s early second half strike was only to be a consolation for the Cardinals.
In this section, we take a look at a summary of the news from around the Vanarama National League, starting with one of the shock results from the weekend.
High-flying Aldershot Town were humiliated on their travels, falling foul of a 7-1 defeat at AFC Fylde which provoked an apology from boss, Gary Waddock.
The Shots, who started the day in third place, found themselves 5-1 down at half time as the newly promoted side ran riot at Mill Farm. The travelling side have now fallen eight points behind leaders Macclesfield Town in the standings.
It was a nightmare day all round for Waddock’s side, as Tranmere Rovers picked up a convincing 4-0 win over Dagenham to knock them out of the top three. After the game, Waddock told Shots TV that he got it wrong:
“I’d like to apologise to the supporters for the performance, result and outcome of the game.
“The bottom line is I got the team selection wrong so I need to have a long, hard look at that and make sure it’s correct for our next game…
“We found a way back into the game but then the goals we conceded after that have been nothing short of an absolute shambles.”
Elsewhere, Barrow AFC have confirmed the re-signing of forward Lewis Walters on loan until the end of the season.
The Nottingham Forest man has already spent time on loan with the Bluebirds this season, although, after making just the one start, he was forced to return to his parent club after picking up an injury.
Walters, 22, re-signed in time to be eligible to play in Barrow’s trip to league leaders Macclesfield at the weekend. He was a 58th minute substitute, as the home side secured a 3-1 victory to give them a two point cushion at the top, whilst the Bluebirds are now just two points off the drop zone.
And finally, Chester FC are edging ever closer to reaching their fundraising target of £150,000, with the fans doing all they can in the hope of keeping the club afloat.
The initial target of £90,000, the amount the club have currently managed to raise, was achieved remarkably in just four weeks allowing the Blues to meet their financial obligations running up until the end of this month.
One of the main fundraising events saw broadcaster Colin Murray amongst others organise a special game, featuring the likes of former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen, along with Ian Rush and director Jeff Banks.
Owen found himself on the scoresheet as a Chester Select XI beat Colin Murray’s All Stars 4-1 last month, in a game which raised £25,000 for the overall cause. The club are planning future fundraising events, in the hope of raising the remaining £60,000 to reach their target.
If you cannot make it to the game against Dagenham then there will be live match updates along with commentary available on the club website.