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Posted by James Smith
Posted on Mon 23 Apr 2018
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Eastleigh vs Macclesfield Town

The title was won on the south-coast in Saturday’s early kick-off as Macclesfield made their long-awaited return to the football league courtesy of Tyrone Marsh’s early strike, the win was sealed by ex-Birmingham City midfielder Mitch Hancox, Eastleigh’s survival is now confirmed.

AFC Fylde vs Solihull Moors

Solihull’s impressive draw at AFC Fylde has more than likely secured survival barring a ridiculous set of results within the next week. Omari Sterling-James’ fifth minute goal was cancelled out before Andy Bond kept the Coasters’ in the play-offs.

Aldershot Town vs Barrow

Barrow almost snatched an unlikely win at promotion chasing Aldershot, but for Scott Rendell’s equaliser late into injury time. The Cumbrians’ thought they’d won it courtesy of Luke James’ fantastic goal 18 minutes from time. Bradley Bauress was sent off four minutes from time, leaving Barrow sweating over their National League status.

Bromley vs Boreham Wood

Play-off chasing Bromley kept their play-off charge alive after Omar Bugiel’s added time winner. The Lebanon international’s goal completed a dramatic comeback. Morgan Ferrier’s two first half goals put Boreham Wood in control before Jordan Higgs and Brandan Hanlan equalled the scoring. Boreham Wood drop to sixth.

Chester vs Maidstone United

Already relegated Chester couldn’t snatch a win as the Shaymen’s next opponents, Maidstone secured their status as a National League club for another year. Ex-Bradford City winger Blair Turgott opened the goalscoring before Michael Phillips doubled the lead. 17-year-old Cain Noble pulled one back for Chester before Josh Hare made it safe fifteen minutes from time.

Dagenham & Redbridge vs Maidenhead United

Dagenham put daylight between them in eleventh and Maidenhead in 12th as Michael Cheek’s winner ensured the Daggers could still seal a play-off place going into the final day. The former league club need to face champions Macclesfield to have any chance at all of finishing in the top seven.

Dover Athletic vs Gateshead

Dover moved back up to seventh with a late winner by Ade Azeez. Mid-table Gateshead went 1-0 up before Giancarlo Gallifuoco’s equaliser. Ryan Bird and Danny Johnson then scored penalties for their respective teams before Azeez’s vital winner kept Dover’s play-off charge alive.

Ebbsfleet United vs Sutton United

A fine goal by Tom Bolarinwa put Sutton into the top three as they put their fate in their own hands going into the final day. The result is damaging for Fleet’s play-off hopes, however they have a game in hand and remain on the same number of points as seventh placed Dover.

FC Halifax Town vs Tranmere Rovers

James Norwood and Andy Cook stuck early to consign Halifax to a defeat as Tranmere recovered from disappointment to break the 80-point barrier. Halifax were safe before kick-off and face Maidstone in the final game of the season.

Guiseley vs Woking

Already relegated Guiseley couldn’t secure a win in their final home game of the season as Woking kept their survival hopes alive after Richard Orlu’s header five minutes from time put Woking on level points with 20th placed Barrow despite having played a game more.

Hartlepool United vs Torquay United

Rhys Healey’s 82nd minute goal wasn’t enough to keep Torquay in the fifth tier as their relegation was confirmed up in the north-east against ten-man Hartlepool. Ryan Donaldson opened the scoring and despite the best efforts of United they couldn’t turn the game around and will be playing their football in the Conference South next season.

Leyton Orient vs Wrexham

Wrexham must rely on other results if they are to make a return to league football this campaign. Macauley Bonne’s winner ensured Orient may still reach the top twelve by the time the season is out.

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