Due to six National League sides participating in The Second Round of The FA Cup this weekend, there were eight games in The National League on Matchday 23… Leyton Orient retained their place at the top of the table following their 2-0 home win against Gateshead. Second half strikes from Josh Koroma and the league’s joint top scorer Macauley Bonne helped Justin Edinburgh’s men to the three points. Gateshead’s Greg Olley was dismissed late into injury time for two bookable offences. Despite their defeat, Gateshead stay in 7th.
Breathing down their necks is Salford City who remain just one point behind leaders Orient after they beat Havant & Waterlooville 3-0. Adam Rooney – who shares the accolade of being the joint top scorer in the league alongside the aforementioned Bonne – opened the scoring for Graham Alexander’s side after 22 minutes. A minute later, Dennis Politic doubled Salford’s lead with his first goal for the club. The Salford supporters had to wait until second half injury time for their third as Daniel Whitehead rounded off the win with his third goal of the campaign. Havant stay in 19th position.
There was late drama at Victoria Park as Dagenham & Redbridge beat Hartlepool United 2-1. Liam Noble gave The Monkey Hangars the lead after 13 minutes with his second goal in as many games. Noble’s goal looked to have been the difference between the sides as the game headed for second half injury time. However, Dagenham’s Ben Goodliffe popped up in the first minute of additional time. But there was even more heroics to come for the visitors as Matt Robinson scored just a minute later to give The Daggers a dramatic late win. The win saw Dagenham rise to 15th while Hartlepool dropped to 14th.
AFC Fylde and Sutton United played out a 2-2 draw at Mill Farm. Fylde took the lead through Andrew Bond’s goal in the 36th minute. Sutton’s equaliser didn’t arrive until 16 minutes from time when Bradley Pearce scored his first of the season. Fylde retook the lead in the 81st minute through substitute Gime Toure. But Sutton weren’t prepared to go away lightly as in the 88th minute their own substitute Kieron Cadogan earned Sutton a point. Fylde drop a place to 4th while Sutton stay in 8th.
Aldershot suffered their second successive home defeat as they lost 0-2 to Ebbsfleet United. The first goal of the game didn’t arrive until the second half when Michael Cheek grabbed his fifth goal of the season in the 48th minute. Danny Kedwell secured the points for Ebbsfleet 19 minutes later with his eighth of the season. Ebbsfleet remain in 10th place while Aldershot move down a spot to 17th.
Barrow beat bottom club Braintree Town 0-2. Kemy Agustien opened the scoring for Ian Evatt’s side after 10 minutes. Tyler Smith doubled his team’s lead just after the hour mark to give Barrow their second away league win in a row. The win moved Barrow up to 12th place.
Eastleigh and Dover drew 2-2 at Silverlake Stadium. Eastleigh took the lead in the 2nd minute through Ben Williamson’s goal. But they were pegged back by Dover in the 21st minute after Inih Effiong’s equaliser. After the break, Dover took the lead when Jai Reason scored his second of the campaign. But Dover were not able to hang on to their lead as Paul McCallum equalised for the hosts four minutes from time. Eastleigh remain 9th while Dover also remain 23rd.
Harrogate stayed on the coattails of the top two as they beat Maidenhead 1-2. Harrogate took the lead after 11 minutes courtesy of Callum Howe’s goal. However, Maidenhead equalised 14 minutes later through Adrian Clifton’s sixth goal of the season. But 3rd placed Harrogate secured their win in the 77th minute thanks to a goal from Kelvin Langmead, which leaves them six points behind 2nd placed Salford. Maidenhead stay in 20th place.
AFC Fylde 2 – 2 Sutton United
Aldershot 0 – 2 Ebbsfleet
Braintree Town 0 – 2 Barrow
Eastleigh 2 – 2 Dover
Hartlepool 1 – 2 Dagenham & Redbridge
Leyton Orient 2 – 0 Gateshead
Maidenhead 1 – 2 Harrogate
Salford City 3 – 0 Havant & Waterlooville
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