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Vanarama National League North Roundup

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 12 Nov 2016
Posted in First Team

The goals were flowing in the National League North as we look at the results from around the league.

FC Halifax Town earned themselves an invaluable three points after their hard-fought 2-0 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Kidderminster Harriers.

It was first half substitute Matty Kosylo who opened the scoring for The Shaymen five minutes into the second half. Liam King had the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot seconds before Kosylo struck from the right-hand side, but a great save from Sam Hornby down to his left denied King but he couldn’t stop

Kosylo fierce strike into the corner. Another substitute got in on the act when Richard Peniket secured the three points in the last minute coolly placing the ball past Hornby after catching the Harriers defence on the counter.

Table toppers AFC Fylde dropped two points away from home at second place Darlington 1883. The Lancashire side took the lead midway through the first half when Danny Rowe got his inevitable goal, taking his tally to an eye watering 24 goals this campaign. Darlo earned themselves a valuable point just before half-time when Josh Gillies got the equaliser which leaves Darlington only four points off their opponents.

Tamworth came out winners 4-3 in an enthralling game at Wetherby Road. Connor Taylor and Ross Dyer scored either side of Chip Chilaka, but Simon Ainge send the sides into half-time level at 2-2. Warren Burrell put Town in the lead before. Dan Newton grabbed two goals in the final five minutes to secure the three points and take him up to second in the goal scoring charts. It is now five matches without victory for the West Yorkshire team as they slip down to 10th, with The Lambs having contrasting fortunes as they move up into the play-offs.

Brackley Town keep up their good form after a 3-2 victory away at Boston United.

It was the Steve Diggin show at the Jakeman’s Stadium with the forward bagging his side a hat-trick in 33 minutes of the first half. Lewis Hilliard and Greg Smith pulled two goals back for The Pilgrims either side of half-time to set up a tense last 25 minutes, but Brackley held onto the win as they sit two points off fifth.

Bradford Park Avenue earned themselves another three points courtesy of former Shayman Nicky Wroe on the 20th minute against an Alfreton Town side who tend to produce high scoring matches. Park Avenue now sit only three points off Nuneaton Town in 19th.

Nuneaton claimed a point at home to mid-table side Stockport County. The away side opened the scoring 10 minutes before the break, but Town replied within minutes, courtesy of Aaron Williams to send both sides home with a point apiece.

Basement boys Altrincham suffered yet another defeat as they remain on the foot of the table. A 2-0 home defeat to an inconsistent Salford City. Goals from Jordan Hulme and Richie Allen either side of the break made it three games unbeaten now for City.

Stalybridge Celtic, the other team occupying the relegation zone lost out in a local derby 4-2 defeat to FC United of Manchester. Celtic did take the lead on 13 minutes with Aiden Chippendale but the lead was short lived with Jerome Wright and Jason Gilchrist scoring two in three minutes. Kieran Glynn made it 3-1 before

Brian Summerskill tried to get Celtic back into the game but Gilchrist finished the game off in the 63rd minute.

Curzon Ashton earned themselves a huge surprising three points away at Gloucester City. Liam Tomsett and Adam Morgan eased Ashton’s relegation fears as they moved four points away from the bottom three.

Promotion hopefuls Chorley comfortably saw off Gainsborough Trinity courtesy of Dale Whitham and Alex Samizadeh, as they also moved to within four points of AFC Fylde at the top.

Lastly Worcester City claimed a home victory against fellow mid-table side AFC Telford. Lee Hughes opened the scoring before Luca Havern equalised with just over 10 minutes to go. Colby Bishop stole it in stoppage time for City when he popped up in the 90+2 minutes to secure the three points.

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