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Vanarama National League North Roundup

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 14 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team

After FC Halifax Town’s 1-0 loss to AFC Fylde made it mathematically impossible for The Shaymen to claim top spot, we have a look at some of the other results around the Vanarama National League North.

A club who did keep their hopes of gaining top spot alive was Kidderminster Harriers. The home side looked on course to be sharing the points with Boston United after the two teams went into the final five minutes without a goal. However, a cross from James McQuilkin was nodded onto the bar and the rebound was expertly dispatched by Elton Ngwatala in the 86th minute to make sure his side got all three points.

The win puts Kidderminster six points behind Fylde with three games left to play, the race to the top could well go down to the wire.

Gainsborough Trinity picked up an incredibly precious three points after they beat play-off hunting Salford City.

The home side are still in the bottom three and are desperate to gain points where they can and many would have been tipping Salford to come out comfortable winners. Trinity did manage to grab an early goal through Nathan Jarman, and showed great character to hold out for 83 more minutes to grab the win.

Salford continued to push throughout the match but a red card for Billy Priestley in added time put the nail in the coffin.

Another shock result was a 3-2 victory for already relegated Altrincham. The side who sit rock bottom of the league battled out away at Curzon Ashton and the fans probably wished they showed this quality months earlier.

Alty were given two penalties during the match that were both put away by midfielder Jake Moult. Curzon must have thought they had at least recused a point when they equalised in the 77th minute but the away team snatched a winner in the 90th minute to round off an entertaining match.

Worcester City continued their dreadful run of form with a 1-0 loss to Chorley away, a result which leaves them level on points with Gainsborough in the relegation zone. Worcester have just one win in their last 22 matches and will need to dig deep to grab some much-needed points in their final three games.

Stockport County and AFC Telford United drew 1-1 in the late kick off in a result, a point was enough to see Stockport go level with Salford in the 5th position but the home side would have been hoping for all three.

Three points would have seen them jump above Salford and go level with Chorley who are in fourth, and the win would have gone a long to cementing a top five spot for Stockport.

It is a good result for Telford who were initially pegged back in the 71st minute through a Lewis Montrose strike. But the away side battled back and levelled just seven minutes later thanks to Joel Dielna. This result helps put daylight between Telford and the relegation zone. 

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