As well as FC Halifax Town’s game against Maidenhead United on Saturday, there were 11 other games happening on Matchday 41 in The Vanarama National League…
Saturday’s action began at Saturday dinnertime at The Electrical Services Stadium as Aldershot Town played out a 0-0 draw with AFC Fylde. The stalemate meant The Shots are still without a home league win since November while Fylde are winless on the road in the league since the end of January. Fylde remain amongst the play off positions in 5th while Aldershot are still 22nd.
There was some real late drama as Salford City beat Bromley 2-1 at Moor Lane. The deadlock wasn’t broken until the 85th minute when Bromley’s JJ Hooper scored to seemingly give the visitors three points. However, Lois Maynard equalised for The Ammies three minutes later with his first goal since November. With the game into four minutes of injury time, Nathan Pond popped up for Graham Alexander’s side to give them an important victory, which sees them into 2nd just a point behind Leyton Orient. Bromley drop a place to 15th.
As for Leyton Orient, they failed to open up a gap between themselves and the chasing pack as they drew 0-0 with Barnet at The Hive. As aforementioned, they lead The Vanarama National League by just a point now but have two games in hand on 2nd placed Salford. Barnet remain 16th.
Solihull Moors were unable to close the gap on Orient as they drew 2-2 with Dover. Alfie Pavey gave Dover the lead after four minutes with his ninth goal of the season. They held that lead until the 38th minute when Danny Wright equalised with his first goal since the start of January. However, Dover retook the lead on the stroke of half time through Scott Doe’s goal. The second half began and Solihull’s hopes of getting back into the game suffered a blow as defender Liam Daly was shown a red card in the 47th minute after committing two bookable offences. Solihull huffed and puffed and were rewarded with an equaliser inside second half injury time as Tyrone Williams poked the ball past Dover’s Lee Worgan to rescue a point for his side. Solihull drop a place to 3rd while Dover drop a place themselves to 20th.
Ebbsfleet stretched their unbeaten streak to five matches as they beat Wrexham 4-2 at Stonebridge Road. A Michael Cheek brace and an own goal from Shaun Pearson all inside the first half helped Ebbsfleet on their way to their win. Wrexham reduced the deficit in the 49th minute through Stuart Beavon’s effort. It was a nervy ending to the game for The Fleet as Shaun Pearson slotted one into the right end with eight minutes to go, but Gozie Ugwu assured Ebbsfleet of all the points three minutes later. Despite their loss, Wrexham remain in the play off positions but do drop to 4th while Ebbsfleet stay in 8th.
Harrogate drew 2-2 at home to Maidstone. Mark Beck gave Harrogate the lead after 22 minutes with his 11th goal of the season. But Harrogate were pegged back just before half time as Justin Amaluzor equalised for The Stones. Amaluzor grabbed his brace on the 52nd minute to give Maidstone the lead for the second time. However, Harrogate levelled proceedings just after the hour mark when Jack Muldoon converted a spot kick to score his 15th goal of the season. Harrogate stay 6th and Maidstone drop to the bottom of the table.
Barrow’s good run was brought to an end as they lost for the first time in five games as they were beaten 2-1 by Boreham Wood. All of the goals arrived in the first half – Keiran Murtagh gave The Wood the lead after 19 minutes and they doubled their advantage 15 minutes later as Justin Shaibu put away a spot kick to make it 2-0 to The Wood. Barrow halved the deficit in the 37th minute through Jack Hindle’s goal but the points went home with Boreham Wood. Barrow stay in 11th while Boreham Wood rise to 18th.
Braintree recorded their second win in their last five games as they beat Gateshead 2-0. Their first goal arrived just before the half time interval as they were awarded a penalty in the 44th minute, which Korrey Henry slotted home to score his third goal in his last four games. Their lead was doubled in the 88th minute courtesy of Alfie Cerulli. The win lifted Braintree off the bottom of the table into 23rd while Gateshead stay in 9th place.
Chesterfield won for the third consecutive game in a row as they beat Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 at the Proact Stadium. A quickfire double courtesy of Jonathan Smith and Scott Boden at the start of the second half gave John Sheridan’s side the three points. The Spireites rise up to 12th position with Dagenham dropping down to 19th.
Eastleigh came out on top of a five goal game as they beat Hartlepool 3-2 at the Silverlake Stadium. Ben Williamson gave Eastleigh the lead after just two minutes. But they held that lead for only six minutes as Mark Kitching equalised for The Monkey Hangars. In an intense first quarter of a hour, Eastleigh took the lead for the second time in the 14th minute thanks to Alex Wynter. It took until the second half for the next goal, but the Eastleigh faithful were duly rewarded in the 48th minute as Shaun Hobson made it 3-1. Eastleigh’s advantage was reduced with 19 minutes left as Nicke Kabamba grabbed his 11th goal of the season. But the points remained safe for Eastleigh to stay in the final play off place in 7th. Hartlepool drop to 13th.
Finally, the points were shared at Gander Green Lane as Sutton United drew 2-2 with Havant & Waterlooville. Sutton opened the scoring after five minutes as Jamie Collins converted a penalty to score his first goal since Boxing Day. Havant equalised in the 39th minute through Tyler Cordner. In the 59th minute, Cordner notched his second goal of the game to make it 2-1 to Havant. However, eight minutes later Dean Beckwith equalised for United to make it 2-2, which eventually led to a point apiece. Sutton’s Aswad Thomas was dismissed in second half injury time for a second bookable offence. Sutton and Havant remain in their respective positions of 10th and 18th.
Aldershot Town 0-0 AFC Fylde
Barnet 0-0 Leyton Orient
Barrow 1-2 Boreham Wood
Braintree Town 2-0 Gateshead
Chesterfield 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge
Eastleigh 3-2 Hartlepool United
Ebbsfleet United 4-2 Wrexham
FC Halifax Town 0-1 Maidenhead United
Harrogate Town 2-2 Maidstone United
Salford City 2-1 Bromley
Solihull Moors 2-2 Dover Athletic
Sutton United 2-2 Havant & Waterlooville
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