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Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Sat 23 Nov 2019
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FC Halifax Town remain in 4th place in the Vanarama National League after a 1-1 draw against Eastleigh, with the Spitfires remaining 5 points off the play-off places, with a game in hand and sitting in 15th.

The Shaymen are now three points off league leaders Barrow, with The Bluebirds defeating Barnet 2-1 at Holker Street, courtesy of first-half goals from Josh Kay and John Rooney.

Elsewhere, Bromley continued to put the pressure on the league leaders with a comfortable 2-0 win away at Sutton, leaving them level on points with Barrow, although they have played one extra game. Sutton remain in the relegation zone as a result of today’s defeat and have picked up just 19 points from their 21 games played this season.

Chorley were able to pick up their second win on the spin in the big shock of the weekend, defeating Torquay 1-0 at home through a goal from Marcus Carver. This gives Chorley renewed hope in their battle against relegation and are now just one point away from safety. Torquay fall out of the play-off places with their second defeat in a row, sitting one point behind Woking.

Last season’s play-off finalists Fylde picked up a 3-0 victory against Dagenham and Redbridge, with this big win putting them five points clear of the relegation zone, with the Coasters’ new manager Jim Bentley looking to push them up the table. The defeat is a fourth in 5 games for Dagenham, who despite their poor run of form sit in 13th place, and a play-off push isn’t yet off the cards for the London club if they can turn their form round.

Aldershot also put distance between themselves and the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Notts County. This victory comes at an important time for The Shots, having lost 6-1 away at Dagenham last time out, and a victory over play-off hopefuls Notts County is a very good response.

Dover and Solihull Moors played out a 1-1 draw at The Crabble Ground, with Solihull unable to close the gap on league-leading Barrow, although they remain in 3rd position because of results elsewhere, with Dover occupying 9th position, sitting on 32 points from 21 games.

Elsewhere in Yorkshire, Harrogate Town consolidated their place in the play-offs with a 3-1 victory over struggling Chesterfield. Michael Fondop Talum opened the scoring for Chesterfield just nine minutes in, however goals from Josh Falkingham, Ryan Fallowfield and Jack Muldoon secured victory for the hosts.

Under their new manager Dave Challinor, Hartlepool United were held to a 2-2 draw against Boreham Wood. They did trail 2-0 in the game, but goals from Nicky Featherstone and Gime Toure in the second half regained a point for the team from the north-east, leaving them in 14th, with Boreham Wood staying in the top half, occupying 12th.

Stockport County also rescued a late point, in what was a game they were probably expecting to win against struggling Ebbsfleet United. Scott Walker struck in the first minute of stoppage time to get another point on the board for County, which must’ve been tough to take for Ebbsfleet as a win would’ve taken them out of the relegation zone.

Finally, Wrexham drew 3-3 at home to Yeovil Town in an entertaining game at The Racecourse Ground. Yeovil led twice in the game through goals from Rhys Murphy, before Bobby Grant gave Wrexham a 3-2 lead in the second half. However, Murphy was in scintillating form and completed his hat trick, gaining Yeovil a point on their travels, keeping the Glovers in the play-off places, whereas the Welsh side remain in 21st.

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