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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 25 Nov 2016
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town start their Buildbase FA Trophy campaign on Saturday looking to retain the trophy they fantastically won last season. Ahead of that tie here is a quick roundup of all the news in the National League.
We start with AFC Fylde who have announced the loan signing of Tranmere Rovers forward Darren Stephenson. The 23-year-old joins the free-scoring Lancashire side on loan until 7th January. Stephenson arrived at Prenton Park at the beginning of the season and has made 11 appearances for Rovers since joining from Chorley. Fylde already boast Danny Rowe up front, the striker with an eye watering 28 goals to his name so far, this season.
Stockport County have boosted their attacking options with the loan signing of Kane Felix from struggling National League side York City. County have taken the 21-year-old to Edgeley Park until the new year, with the winger signing a two-month loan deal. The former Boston United man ran out 12 times for York, with his last appearance coming last month against newly promoted side Sutton United.
It wasn’t the best of debuts for Boston’s new loan man James Goode, having joined from Peterborough United on ‘work experience’. Goode was part of the side who got hammered 9-2 at runaway leaders Fylde. Bradley Peace-McDonald also made his debut in that unforgettable match having moved to Lincolnshire from Swedish side Boden BK.
Darlington 1883 are on course for a return to the town before the turn of the year. The Quakers had their first formal inspections of Blackwell Meadows Stadium last week by both the Football Association and the Safety Advisory Group. The National League formally approved the Blackwell subject to the ground attaining category B approval prior to its inaugural game. For this to happen they need the completion of the new changing rooms, officials’ areas and installation of the modular spectator toilet blocks. The club remain on course to host their first match in the city during December.
Now for matters on the football pitch and there was just the two matter of midweek matches, in which Kidderminster Harriers moved up to third after their convincing 3-0 home victory over an out of form Gloucester City. A brace from Arthur Gnahoua and a Sam Avery own goal helped Harriers move to only three points behind Chorley.
The second match taking place involved another promotion hopeful side in Tamworth, as they hosted Stockport County. The match finished 2-2 with The Lambs coming back from a losing position twice, Danny Lloyd opened the scoring for County before Jed Davies equalized just before the break. Josh Amis though he’d won it for the away side in the 82nd minute, with only Stephen Tomassen to prevent the defeat for Tamworth as they moved three points in front of The Shaymen.

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