As well as FC Halifax Town’s 2-0 victory over Solihull Moors, there were seven other fixtures in The Vanarama National League on Matchday 40…
In the early kick off, Chesterfield made it two wins in a row as they beat Sutton 3-0. Jonathan Smith opened the scoring for The Spireites midway through the first half, then Scott Boden doubled their lead in the 48th minute with his 18th goal of the season. Chesterfield’s win was rounded off seven minutes later as Tom Denton nodded home. The win saw Chesterfield move up a place to 15th while Sutton drop a place to 10th.
Wrexham were unable to gain any ground on Solihull and Leyton Orient as they were beaten 1-0 at Hartlepool. The two sides were separated by Josh Hawkes’s penalty kick in the 24th minute. Wrexham remain 3rd, a point behind Solihull and Orient while Hartlepool stay in 12th despite their win.
Salford City’s four match winning streak was ended as they played out a goalless draw with Barnet at Moor Lane. Salford remain in the playoff positions in 4th while Barnet stay in 10th place.
Barrow and Harrogate drew 2-2 at Holker Street. Barrow took the lead in the 19th minute thanks to Lewis Hardcastle’s second goal in three games. The home side doubled their lead three minutes later courtesy of John Rooney’s penalty and held their lead going into half time. After the interval, Harrogate’s revival began as Jack Muldoon reduced the deficit two minutes after the restart. Their comeback was complete in the 69th minute when Callum Howe struck for Simon Weaver’s men. A winner wasn’t found in the remaining minutes, meaning it was a share of the spoils in Cumbria. Harrogate remain amongst the play off places in 6th while Barrow stay in 11th.
Bromley overcame Braintree in a 4-2 thriller at Cressing Road. Bromley raced into a 3-0 lead by the 45th minute thanks to goals from George Porter, Luke Coulson and Frankie Raymond. But Braintree reduced their opponent’s advantage shortly after the restart through Kodi Lyons-Foster, however any sign of a comeback was dealt a blow in the 66th minute as JJ Hooper scored his ninth National League goal of the season. Braintree did score again in second half injury time through Mohammed Sagaf, however the three points went home with Bromley. Braintree stay bottom and Bromley also stay in 13th place.
Aldershot produced their first National League win since the start of February as they beat Boreham Wood 2-0 at Meadow Park. The first of Aldershot’s goals didn’t arrive until the 60th minute but arrive it did courtesy of John Goddard. Aldershot rounded off their win in the 80th minute as Scott Rendell scored his seventh of the season from the penalty spot. Despite their win, Aldershot remain in 22nd while The Wood stay in 18th.
Finally, Ebbsfleet United recorded their third consecutive National League win as they beat Maidstone 2-0. Gozie Ugwu gave Ebbsfleet the lead in the 20th minute with his first goal since November. Ebbsfleet’s three points were confirmed in second half injury time as Michael Cheek converted to score his 14th of the season. The Fleet move up a place to 9th and Maidstone stay in 23rd.
Chesterfield 3-0 Sutton
Barrow 2-2 Harrogate
Boreham Wood 0-2 Aldershot
Braintree 2-4 Bromley
FC Halifax Town 2-0 Solihull Moors
Hartlepool 1-0 Wrexham
Maidstone 0-2 Ebbsfleet
Salford 0-0 Barnet
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