FC Halifax Town may have emphatically beat FC United of Manchester 3-0, but results elsewhere in the Vanarama National League North have certainly caught the eye and helped lift The Shaymen into 3rd place.
Beginning with the league leaders going down to a shockingly comfortable 4-1 loss to Nuneaton Town. Boro are still languishing in mid table and many would have expected the away side to have little trouble in the clash.
However, the home side took the lead thanks to a Billy Daniels finish in the 27th minute. 13 minutes later Kevin Langmead who met an inch perfect long throw and crashed his header into the back of the net.
Fylde were pushing hard to try and pull a goal back before the break, something which always leaves the possibility of a counter attack open and Nuneaton duly took advantage. Ashley Chambers found himself clean through on goal and calmly finished to give his side a 3-0 lead just before half time.
Home supporters may have been worried when Fylde pulled one back through substitute Bohan Dixon. But the home side hung on and put the shock result beyond all doubt when Devon Kelly-Evans made it 4-1 late on.
Salford City are now below Halifax thanks to The Shaymen’s superior goal record. The 3-0 win over United coMBined with Salford’s 2-0 loss to Boston United just adds to a great day for Billy Heath’s side.
Boston’s Harry Vince timed his run well to meet a cross from Jay Rollins to give the home side the lead. Salford’s hopes of getting back into the game took a serious hit when Bradley Barnes was sent off in the first half. With Boston controlling the game it was only a matter of time before they doubled their lead and the goal came in the 73rd minute. Nat Brown was there to meet a flick on from Adam Chapman.
Another great result for Halifax and a horrible one for their rivals was Chorley’s 3-0 loss to Curzon Ashton.
Adam Morgan’s former club would’ve expected little from the game beforehand but put in an incredible performance with Niall Cummins grabbing a brace after Jamie Stott opened the scoring.
Cummins showed some great striker’s instincts in the game by finishing off an effort from Ryan Hart that was saved by the Chorley goalkeeper. His second was a smart move from the striker to latch onto a bad back pass and put wrap up the win for the visiting team.
Darlington 1883 showed great spirit coming from 3-1 behind to draw the game against Gainsborough Trinity in the dying minutes.
Gainsborough fans may have thought they were going to add to the list of surprising results when they entered stoppage time 3-2 up and trying their hardest to hold out. But in the sixth minute of added time Dave Syers bundled the ball home from close range to recuse a point for his side.
Elsewhere in the Vanarama National League North Gloucester City produced one of their best performances in the league to smash Alfreton Town 4-0. Bradford Park Avenue beat ten man Altrincham to further condemn Alty to a seemingly inevitable relegation. Brackley Town maintained pressure on the sides above them with a 2-1 over Telford United. Kidderminster Harriers needed a late Andre Brown goal to win against Harrogate Town. Stalybridge Celtic suffered another loss thanks to a 1-0 defeat at home to Worcester City and Stockport County ran out 2-1 winners over Tamworth.
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