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Vanarama National League North Review

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 1 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team

We start with the Shaymen and their invaluable 2-1 victory over Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough. A Goal in the first-half from Tom Denton and a late penalty from Jordan Sinnott saw Billy Heath’s side take maximum points from their promotion rivals.

Salford City keep the pace with the Shaymen as they stay level on 67 points with Halifax after their 2-1 victory over their Greater Manchester rivals Altrincham. To the surprise of many, Alty took the lead midway through the first period when Gary Jones gave the rock-bottom side something to cheer about. The lead lasted until the 52nd minute when Sam Walker converted a penalty before Simon Grand scored what proved to be the winner ten minutes later.

Chorley are occupying the last play-off place and their 4-0 victory over relegation haunted Gainsborough Trinity kept the Lancashire side in fifth place. A hat-trick from Jason Walker and one from Marcus Carver gave Chorley all three points in a convincing victory.

Darlington 1883 and Stockport County both lost ground on the play-off places after losing to AFC Fylde and only taking one point from Nuneaton Town respectively. Darlo were thrashed 4-1 away at Mill Farm, Danny Rowe grabbed a brace for his 41st and 42nd goals of the season. Dan Bradley and Sam Finley also got on the scoresheet, with Gary Brown scoring a consolation for the away side late on. County were held at home to Nuneaton as Ashley Chambers grabbed the equaliser ten minutes after Danny Lloyd had put the home side in the lead from the penalty spot.

Going down to the bottom end of the table and 21st place Stalybridge Celtic earned themselves a point at FC United of Manchester. The away side squandered two leads after Matty Hughes put them in the lead before Matty Wolfenden equalised. Then Danny Wilkins put Celtic in the lead before George Thomson equalised with just two minutes to play.

Another side fighting against relegation are Worcester City, and their result today would not have done that any justice. They went down to a 1-0 defeat at AFC Telford, it looked like the away side were going to earn themselves a point before John Marsden scored the winner with just under ten minutes left to play.

Bradford Park Avenue put nine points between themselves and 20th with an impressive 1-0 win at Alfreton Town, courtesy of Oli Johnson midway through the first-half. As it looks like Avenue will be playing in the National League North next season.

Tuesday’s opponents Brackley Town lost ground on the play-off spots after a goalless draw with mid-table side Boston United. That game wasn’t the only 0-0 of the weekend as Curzon Ashton and Gloucester City played out a bore draw in Manchester.

And finally, Tamworth secured all three points against Harrogate Town courtesy of Ben Fox. Dan Newton opened the scoring for the Lambs before Warren Burrell equalised in the second-half. Newton then got his second from the spot, but Harrogate responded again through Simon Ainge.

Full results: AFC Fylde 4-1 Darlington 1883, AFC Telford 1-0 Worcester City, Alfreton Town 0-1 Bradford Park Avenue, Brackley Town 0-0 Boston United, Chorley 4-0 Gainsborough Trinity, Curzon Ashton 0-0 Gloucester City, FC United of Manchester 2-2 Stalybridge Celtic, Salford City 2-1 Altrincham, Stockport County 1-1 Nuneaton Town, Tamworth 3-2 Harrogate Town

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