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Vanarama National League Roundup

Posted by George Sanders
Posted on Mon 30 Apr 2018
Posted in League News

Barrow 1-2 Chester

Despite defeat for the Cumbrians, other results mean that Barrow live to fight another season as they suffered defeat at home to already-relegated Chester. Jordan Wright’s second half equaliser wasn’t enough to secure a point as Tom Crawford’s goal 14 minutes from time consigned Barrow to their 19th league defeat of the season.

Boreham Wood 3-1 Guiseley

Guiseley ended their three year stay in the Vanarama National with a humbling defeat to Boreham Wood, who moved up to fourth in the table. Bruno Andrade’s 20th strike of a fantastic season and Morgan Ferrier’s tap-in helped the southerners race into a two-goal lead, Dayle Southwell’s strike proved only a consolation as Kane Smith restored the two goal lead ensuring Guiseley would finish bottom.

Gateshead 1-3 Leyton Orient

Gateshead and Leyton Orient played out the season in the north-east as the two sides were bogged down into mid-table. Goals by Macauley Bonne, Jobi McAnuff and Josh Koroma saw Orient go three-nil up. Danny Johnson’s late penalty made sure Gateshead got on the scoresheet.

Macclesfield Town 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

Moss Lane’s 4,000 strong crown saw their side face Dagenham in the Silkmen’s final game in the fifth tier as the champions of the Vanarama National League. Scott Wilson’s brace helped Macclesfield break the 90 point barrier as the two sides played the game with a relaxed mentality.

Maidenhead United 5-2 Bromley

Bromley’s slim play-off hopes were ended in style by Maidenhead, who struck five times to end their season on a high. Goals by Sam Barratt (2), Chris Smith, Nana Owusu and Sean Marks were cancelled out by consolations from George Porter and Omar Bugiel.

Maidstone United 0-0 FC Halifax Town

Both sides came into this game with a relaxed mentality due to their safety being secured weeks before the final day. In a game of few chances, Mike Fondop-Talom came closest for the visitors, but his late penalty was saved by Lee Worgan.

Solihull Moors 1-4 Eastleigh

Eastleigh’s emphatic win in the West Midlands ensured they went above Solihull on the final day. On-loan Bournemouth man, Sam Matthews stuck a hat-trick in just 19 minutes, before Paul McCallum made it four. Adi Yussuf made the score line more respectable but Eastleigh were already home and dry.

Sutton United 2-1 Aldershot

Sutton sealed third spot in the National League and they will now await their opponents in the play-offs courtesy of Ross Lafayette as he pounced on the goalkeeper’s error. Tommy Wright opened the scoring for the hosts before Scott Rendell’s penalty made the scores level. Lafayette’s late goal saw Sutton into third.

Torquay United 1-1 Ebbsfleet United

Despite dropping points on the south coast, Ebbsfleet’s place in the play-offs was confirmed despite Rhys Healey’s goal on his last appearance before returning to Cardiff at the end of the season. Torquay remain 22nd.

Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Hartlepool United

Tranmere were on holiday after having their fate confirmed before this game. Liam Donnelly’s penalty put the visitors a goal up before Rhys Oates doubled Pools’ lead, who go above the Shaymen. Jeff Hughes’ goal wasn’t enough to nick a point at Prenton Park.

Woking 1-2 Dover Athletic

Keanu Marsh-Brown’s late winner ensured Woking was relegated as Dover failed to reach the top seven on the final day. Giancarlo Gallifuoco opened the scoring in the 26th minute before Charlie Carter made Woking favourites to beat the drop; Marsh-Brown’s late goal relegated the Cards’ in disappointing fashion.

Wrexham 0-0 AFC Fylde

A goalless draw was enough to see the coastal club into the play-offs. Luke Burke’s red card failed to sour the occasion as they ensured Dover missed out despite their late, late win.

 

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