This weekend saw FC Halifax Town draw with Warrington Town to stay in contention of making it into the FA Cup first round proper with their name firmly placed in the hat for Mondays draw.
A replay will take place between the two sides on Tuesday night at the MBi Shay Stadium to determine who will make the first round. Halifax made a good start to the game on Saturday afternoon as a Nathan Clarke header put The Shaymen in front after five minutes when he got on the end of a Jordan Preston corner. Warrington Town then found the net either side of half time to completely turn the game on its head and create a little worry for Jamie Fullarton’s men, before Matty Kosylo was able to capitalise on some hesitation in defence and round the home side’s keeper to equalise and ensure a replay would occur.
Salford City where able to ensure their progression into the first-round draw as they were able to beat Marine 2-1 in a hard-fought contest where manager Graham Alexander said, “Winning was all that mattered”.
Maidstone United where able to beat promotion hopefuls Leyton Orient in an all-National league contest. The Kent side beat Justin Edinburgh’s team 2-0 with Maidstone manager commenting that he believes his team are becoming a “real team” after their impressive display.
Wrexham manager Sam Ricketts isn’t concerned at having to play a replay to ensure their progression into the first round of the FA Cup as he saw his Dragons side play out a goalless draw away at Harrogate Town. The former Bolton fullback stated that he was happy to have kept the Yorkshire side quiet before welcoming them to the Racecourse Ground on the 23rd.
Ian Evatt’s Barrow crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of a spirited Chorley side. The Bluebirds took a two-goal lead before half time and seemed to have asserted their dominance over the side from the National League North. However, after the break 3 goals from the Lancashire side meant it was them who would have their name in the hat for Monday’s first round draw.
In other news there have been a few transfers occurring around the league this week. The first being now former Dagenham and Redbridge top scorer Elliott Romain has joined Maidstone United this week with the forward who has 4 goals for the season agreeing to now play his football at the Gallagher Stadium.
Ross Lafayette has left London based Sutton United to join Billericay Town to help them in their bid to claim the National League South title.
Lastly Joe Quigley has joined Bromley this week from Maidstone United with the current Republic of Ireland U21 striker signing for The Ravens following a recent upturn in their form.
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