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Vanarama National League North Roundup

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 7 Jan 2017
Posted in First Team





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The Shaymen’s game needs no introduction as they went down 1-0 to a Stalybridge Celtic side, courtesy of Chris Baguley, who only had ten points and hadn’t managed a home victory since September. Billy Heath’s men has the perfect chance to go in front during the second period when they were awarded a penalty. Adam Morgan missed the resulting penalty and The Shaymen were made to pay for it in the final minutes.

Another side who suffered an upset was Nuneaton Town away at a promotion pushing Darlington 1883. The away side left it until two minutes into added time when Jordan Nicholson grabbed a huge goal Town. Joe Ironside had put the away side in the lead from the penalty spot in the second-half before, what seemed like, Dave Syers had grabbed a point for The Quakers in the 90th minute.

Kidderminster Harriers lost ground on AFC Fylde as they went down 3-0 away at Salford City, unsure whether this would be come under the category of ‘shock defeat’.  All three goals came in the second half as Jordan Hulme grabbed his only goal of the game either side of Josh Hine’s brace.

Table toppers Fylde made no mistake as they beat FC United of Manchester 3-1 at Mill Farm with Brendon Daniels and Daniel Bradley scoring two in the first-half. It did look like FC United were going to spring a late comeback when Harry Winter scored with ten minutes to go but Matty Hughes put the game to bed with just under five minutes to go.

Another side who sit in the play-offs are Tamworth who earned three vital points at home to Curzon Ashton. Greg Mills got the first from the penalty spot and Joe Clarke doubled the lead just before the interval. Like FC United, Curzon were pushing for an equalizer but Ross Dyer grabbed The Lamb’s third. Liam Cummins scored with a minute to go but Tamworth held on for the victory.

At the other end of the table Bradford Park Avenue left it very late, with the last kick in fact, to see off Worcester City through veteran Nicky Boshell. Park Avenue now sit level on points with Gainsborough Trinity, who in fact grabbed a hard earned point at AFC Telford with Nathan Jarman being Trinity’s hero. Eddie Jones put the home side ahead but the forward left it until the 84th minute to grab the equaliser.

Rock bottom Altrincham now sit 14 points off 19th place after losing for the 17th time, going down 1-0 at home to Gloucester City. Joe Parker scored the only goal of the match on the 30th minute, as it gets ever-bleaker for Alty as the weeks pass.

The Shaymen’s next opponents Chorley bagged themselves an impressive three points at Brackley Town as they move to within nine points of leaders Fylde. Captain Dale Whitham got what proved to be the winner on the stroke of half-time.

Another side who are looking to break in the play-offs are Stockport County, and their 2-0 victory at Boston United will not do their chances any harm. Danny Lloyd grabbed a brace for County, with his first coming in the 35th minute and then his second coming in stoppage time to kill the tie.

We leave the best till last (goals wise anyway), with a nine goal thriller involving Harrogate Town and Alfreton Town, which saw the former record a 6-3 victory at Wetherby Road. Alfreton did take the lead through Mark Shelton in the opening ten minutes. Three goals came in five first half minutes for the home side with Warren Burrell getting the first before Simon Ainge grabbed his first two goals of the game in three minutes. Joe Leesley added the home sides fourth shortly after to make it 4-1 during the interval. Ainge grabbed his third on the 54th minute, and Paul Clayton scored Alfreton’s third before Ainge scored his fourth and Harrogate’s sixth. Craig Westcarr did score a consolation from the spot in the 89th minute, in what was a crazy game.

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