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Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Tue 3 Apr 2018
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Despite the weather, a number of games were able to go ahead on Bank Holiday Monday.

Top of the table Macclesfield Town moved nine points clear at the top of the Vanarama National League with a win over Chester. Danny Whitehead’s goal proved the difference, with his 53rd minute winner pushing Chester closer to relegation.

Bromley were emphatic winners over second-placed Sutton United, with a 3-0 victory at Gander Green Lane. After Sutton United fell 2-0 down via an early Brandon Hanlan goal and an Adam Mekki penalty on the stroke of half time, their day got worse when Jamie Collins was dismissed in the 68th minute for an off the ball incident. Bromley scored a third thanks to substitute Josh Rees, dealing a blow to Sutton United’s automatic promotion hopes.

Dagenham & Redbridge were victorious over Maidstone United with a 2-1 at Victoria Road. The Daggers went in front with goals from Feijri Okenabihie and Craig Robson, with Dagenham & Redbridge pulling one back late on.

Goals from Chris Zebroski and Paul McCallum gave mid-table Eastleigh a 2-0 win over Hampshire Derby rivals Aldershot Town. Aldershot have won just one of their last five games and face a battle to remain in the play-off positions.

Ebbsfleet United won in dramatic style against Dover Athletic 2-1, thanks to a last minute winner. Sean Shield’s gave Ebbsfleet the lead in the 55th minute, but Dover responded late on in stoppage time with a Keanu Marsh-Brown’s penalty, seemingly securing a point for the visitors. However, just seconds later Andy Drury sensationally gave the hosts the victory, in the 96th minute.

Boreham Wood moved above Wrexham into third place with a 1-0 victory over the dragons. The visitors were awarded a penalty after a push on Bruno Andrade in the 10th minute. Andrade converted, and was involved again early on in the second half when Kevin Roberts was sent off for on off the bale exchange with the goal scorer.

Torquay boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop with a 2-1 victory over Woking. The home team were awarded a penalty in the 14th minute after Joey Jones handled the ball in the box, with Brett Williams stepping up to convert. Woking got back into the game midway through the second half, thanks to Reece Grego-Cox, but three minutes later Torquay regained the lead as Conor Lemonheigh-Evans found the back of the net from 25 yards.

Finally, Dayle Southwell’s, 94th minute goal gave Guiseley a narrow 1-0 victory over Hartlepool United. The victory will give the team a glimmer of hope that they can avoid relegation, although it looks likely that the drop is unavoidable.

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