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Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Sat 6 Jan 2018
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Woking and Maidstone United produced an eight-goal thriller as the two out-of-form teams clashed at the Kingfield Stadium.

The two teams not sit 13th and 14th in the table and both not without a victory in their last five matches. However, an unexpected thriller was played out and the two sides took a point away from the fixture after an incredible 4-4 draw. In an end-to-end game both teams lead at various points but in the end neither team was good enough to claim all three points.

Wrexham got back to winning ways after three consecutive draws as they thrashed Torquay United 4-0. Chris Holroyd lead the line for the Welsh side and showed his class by scoring a cool hat-trick. A Manny Smith header was Wrexham’s second goal and really sent them on their way back towards the promotion places in the National League.

Things didn’t get any better for strugglers Guiseley this weekend as they conceded four away at Eastleigh FC. The homeside lead 2-1 at halftime and added to their goal tally in the second half with Mark Yeates and Callum Howe getting their names on the scoresheet. Guiseley did get a late consolation goal after James Roberts converted a penalty in the 79th minute. The Yorkshire side’s chances of survival look even more bleak after today’s result.

Aldershot managed to gain three points away at Dover in a tight affair that they won 1-2. The Shots occupy second position in the league table and will be delighted to have been victorious over a strong Dover side. They continue to put pressure on table toppers Macclesfield who once again dropped points.

Macclesfield Town couldn’t break the deadlock as they hosted relegation battlers Solihull Moors. In a surprising result, the team from Birmingham were able to hold their own in what was a fairly uneventful 0-0 draw.

Another struggling team, Chester FC picked up what could prove to be a vital three-points when they travelled to Ebbsfleet. The Blues won the fixture 0-1, a result that sees them move to 25 points and just six points behind Barrow in 18th place. Marcus Bignot’s men will hope that this can kick-start a good run of form that could see them avoid a late relegation battle.

Another six-goal thriller in the National League came at Victoria Road where Hartlepool United were well beaten by a convincing Dagenham & Redbridge. Although The Daggers had drawn their last two matches, they still sit in the play-off positions and this result can help keep them looking up towards promotion rather than keeping an eye on their pursuers.

As Aldershot continued their good from, so did third placed Sutton United. A 0-2 victory away from home at Gateshead meant that they remain just two points behind The Shots and still well in contention for promotion. It was beginning to look like there may be no way through for Sutton but with 74 minutes gone, substitute Tommy Wright got the first of a terrific brace. He followed up his first goal with another just seven minutes later and this sealed the victory for the high-fliers.

Meanwhile, fellow promotion chasers Tranmere Rovers came up against a determined Barrow as the match finished 1-1. In desperate need of points, Barrow needed to put in a good performance to avoid defeat against a Rovers side that have been in reasonably good form of late. It was looking like being a dream result for the relegation battlers but James Norwood’s added time equaliser meant that the spoils were to be shared.

AFC Fylde made it three wins from three when they beat Bromley 0-1 on the road. Jack Muldoon grabbed his third goal in as many matches which meant that Bromley were to drop out of the play-off places following the result.

Finally, there was a goalless draw between Leyton Orient and Boreham Wood at Brisbane Road. The match was Orient’s second 0-0 in a draw in succession and the home side thought they had won it when they had the ball in the net after 82 minutes. Macauley Bonne put the ball over the line but the referee blew for a foul on the away goalkeeper.

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