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Posted by Jake Teagle
Posted on Sat 6 Apr 2019
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AFC Fylde 4-2 Eastleigh

Fylde turned around an early two-goal deficit to beat Eastleigh 4-2 at Mill Farm. The visitors took an early lead through Alex Wynter before Paul McCallum added their second. The hosts then put home four without a reply with the help of a saved penalty by Jay Lynch from Paul McCallum. Dan Bradley headed home the hosts first, before Jordan Tunnicliffe, Nick Haughton and Alex Reid scored to make the final score 4-2.

Boreham Wood 1-2 Sutton United

Craig Eastmond nodded in the winner five minutes into injury time as Sutton overcame Boreham Wood 2-1. The visitors took the lead early through Harry Beautyman, before Ricky Shakes equalised on the half hour mark. It wasn’t until the 95th minute that Craig Eastmond popped up with the vital goal to secure all three points for Sutton.

Bromley 2-2 Aldershot

JJ Hooper netted twice for Bromley in a 2-2 draw with Aldershot at Hayes Lane. Hooper got his first only 4 minutes in, and the hosts lead until the 25th minute until Reece Grant grabbed Aldershot’s equaliser. The visitors then took the lead 5 minutes into the second half after Luke Howell struck home from 30 yards, but it was his poor back pass which allowed Hooper to net his second and make it 2-2

Dagenham & Redbridge 0-0 Barrow

Dagenham closed to within a win of National League survival with a goalless draw at home to Barrow. The visitors came close to opening the scoring in the 25th minute when Jamie Philpot smashed a shot at goal, only for Elliot Justham to tip it over. At the other end, Kenny Clark came close to giving the Daggers a first-half lead when his looping header came back off a post.

Dover 0-0 Chesterfield

Dover edged a point closer to safety following an uninspiring goalless National League draw with Chesterfield at the Crabble. The result was enough to confirm the survival of the Spireites, who endured a desperate 18-match winless run from mid-August to mid-November last year that suggested a relegation battle was in the offing. Dover came close to a breakthrough midway through the second half when Kevin Lokko’s header was cleared off the line. At the other end, Chesterfield’s best chance was a double effort late on as goalkeeper Lee Worgan and defender Lokko blocked from substitute Alex Kiwomya and Laurence Maguire respectively.

Gateshead 1-1 Ebbsfleet United

Play-off hopefuls Gateshead and Ebbsfleet had to settle for a point apiece after a 1-1 draw at the International Stadium. Gateshead took an early lead after 4 minutes when John Mellish headed home. It wasn’t until the 64th minute that Ebbsfleet equalised, with Chris Bush tapping home from a Gozie Ugwu cross.

Hartlepool 0-1 Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors’ push for automatic promotion continued with a deserved 1-0 win at Hartlepool in the National League. Adi Yussuf grabbed the only goal of the game on 58 minutes, tapping home after Scott Loach spilled Jamey Osbourne’s into his path.

Havant & Waterlooville 1-2 Harrogate Town

Havant & Waterlooville are staring firmly at relegation from the National League following a 2-1 defeat by Harrogate. The relegation threatened side took the lead in this game though, with Matt Paterson scoring from the penalty spot after Alfie Rutherford was fouled. Harrogate grabbed one back 3 minutes before half time through Michael Woods, before George Thomson scored what proved to be the decisive goal only 9 minutes from time.

Leyton Orient 2-2 FC Halifax Town

Leyton Orient were knocked off the top of the National League despite substitute Matt Harrold salvaging a 2-2 draw at home to Halifax with a stoppage-time equaliser. The visitors took the lead through Devante Rodney, before Manny Duku added a second in the injury time of the first half. Leyton Orient responded swiftly scoring their first only 2 minutes later through Josh Koroma. It wasn’t until the 94th minute that Orient snatched a point, with substitute Matt Harrold scrambling the ball home.

Maidenhead United 0-1 Barnet

A first-half goal from Medy Elito was all that separated Maidenhead and Barnet as the Bees edged to a 1-0 win in a tight affair at York Road. Elito’s goal came on the stroke of half time, hitting Maidenhead with a sweeping counter attack and firing home past Carl Pentney.

Maidstone United 0-2 Salford City

Adam Rooney’s brace moved Salford to the top of the National League and relegated opponents Maidstone. Rooney got his first 13 minutes into the game, hitting home a low shot into the bottom left hand corner. Rooney added his and Salford’s second 3 minutes before the interval, tapping in from a Scott Wiseman cross.

Wrexham 3-1 Braintree Town

Wrexham recovered from a horrible run of form in a return to winning ways at the Racecourse with a 3-1 success over already-relegated Braintree. Bobby Grant opened the scoring on 13 minutes, before Braintree equalised through Korrey Henry in the 41st minute. Wrexham scored 2 goals in 7 second half minutes to seal the win, with Shaun Pearson restoring their lead on the hour mark and Akil Wright heading home the decisive goal 7 minutes later.

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