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Vanarama National League Roundup

Posted by Jack Douglas
Posted on Sat 18 Jan 2020
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Thanks to the Shaymen’s 5-2 hammering of struggling Maidenhead United at the Shay, FC Halifax Town find themselves back into the playoff positions.

It’s a change in second place in the Vanarama National League, as Yeovil were held to a 2-2 draw at home to mid-table Hartlepool United. With the Glovers 2-1 up approaching the hour mark, striker Rhys Murphy received a straight red card before Hartlepool’s Gus Mafuta drew his side level.

Yeovil’s draw was enough to see Harrogate Town leapfrog the Somerset outfit into second, as Connor Hall and Jack Muldoon netted either side of the break for the Sulphurites against second-bottom Ebbsfleet United. To rub further salt in the wounds of the Fleet, midfielder Josh Payne was sent off just after the break. Its five wins on the spin for Harrogate, whilst Ebbsfleet are now six without a win in the league.

Boreham Wood sit fifth after a 2-0 victory at Solihull Moors, thanks to goals from Sorba Thomas and Kane Smith at Damson Park.

Notts County are the side below Boreham Wood in sixth, one place above the Shaymen, after playing out a goalless draw with Dover Athletic at Meadow Lane. That result sees Dover end the day in twelfth.

Halifax moved into the playoff positions at the expense of Stockport County, as the Hatters drew 0-0 with Sutton United at Edgeley Park. Former Town attacker Liam McAlinden played for Jim Gannon’s side, but was unable to help Stockport to a much-needed victory.

Perhaps one of the shocks of the day unfolded in North Wales as Wrexham hammered playoff-chasing Woking 3-0 at the Racecourse Ground. A Luke Summerfield brace coupled with a Daniel Jarvis strike just after the break saw a resurgent Wrexham record their third win in five.

An action-packed afternoon in Fylde saw Torquay United win 3-2 at Mill Farm. Goals from Asa Hall, Jamie Reid and Ben Whitfield were enough for the Gulls, despite goals from Thomas Walker and Jordan Williams for the home side.

If the game in Lancashire was action-packed, then the game between Aldershot Town and Chorley was crazy. It finished 3-3 in Hampshire, with Alex Newby grabbing a last-gasp equaliser for Chorley just moments after Aldershot’s Robbie Tinkler was sent off.

21st placed Chesterfield picked up a vital three points on the road as goals from Jonathan Smith and former Town striker Tom Denton helped them beat Eastleigh down south. The Spireites still find themselves in the relegation zone; below 20th placed Dagenham & Redbridge on goal difference.

Dagenham were unable to stay clear of Chesterfield after their game at Barnet was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Hive.

In the final game of the day Barrow beat Bromley 2-0 in front of the BT Cameras with Dior Angus and John Rooney on target for the league leaders

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