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Saturday`s Vanarama National League North Round-Up...
Published: 18-03-2017 at 19:19
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Darlington 1883 were the only side in the top six in the Vanarama National League North to win on Saturday!

The Quakers moved into fifth spot after edging out a Brackley Town side whose own top five hopes are probably gone now.

 

The only goal at Blackwell Meadows came after 54 minutes when Mark Beck laid the ball off to Stephen Thompson who lashed into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

 

And the home side held firm, despite no less than 10 minutes of stoppage time.

 

Leaders AFC Fylde remain eleven points clear at the top of the table, despite being held to a 2-2 draw at Mill Farm by third-placed Kidderminster Harriers.

 

However, in front of a good crowd of 2,359, this could prove to be a defining point for the Coasters as they found themselves 2-0 down with only 8 minutes to go before producing a terrific comeback.

 

Harriers took a 26th minute lead when Elton Ngwatala's blocked shot falls to Ryan Croasdale who rolled the ball it into the corner of the net.

 

And 10 minutes later, Kidderminster double their lead when James McQuilken's free-kick dropped to Keith Lowe, who smashed it into an empty net.

 

It was looking bleak for the home side, and even when they reduced the deficit in the 82nd minute when a poor back pass put Dan Bradley in on goal and he rifled it into the top corner from 12 yards, Harriers still looked odds on to win.

 

But 7 minutes into stoppage time, sub Matt Blinkhorn headed Tom Kennedy's cross into the top corner top record his first league goal of the season. And what a time to get it!

 

Second-placed Salford City weren`t able to put pressure on AFC Fylde though as they were also held to a draw, this time 1-1 at Moor Lane by sixth-placed neighbours Stockport County.

 

In front of a crowd of 1,735, Stockport took the lead after 13 minutes through Danny Lloyd, who beat the home keeper low to his left.

 

It wasn`t until 10 minutes from time that the Ammies managed to pull back on level terms after Michael Nottingham was brought down in the box and Richie Allen equalised from the penalty spot minutes after coming off the bench.

 

Fourth-placed Chorley completed an indifferent day for the top sides when they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the CNG Stadium against Harrogate Town.

 

The home side took a 12th minute lead when they were awarded a penalty for a push by Jake Cottrell and Joe Leesley stepped up to beat Richie Branagan from the spot.

 

And on 38 minutes Harrogate doubled their lead when the referee punished Cottrell again for a similar offence, this time outside the box, but the outcome was the same as the free-kick was headed home by the in-form Simon Ainge.

 

Three minutes before the break, the Magpies got themselves back into the game when Jack Sampson saw keeper Peter Crook off his line and he fired home to half the deficit.

 

But the visitors were unable to find a leveller in the second period and 4 minutes into time added on at the end of the game, Branagan saved a spot-kick to prevent a heavier defeat.

 

FC Halifax Town missed the chance to move into the top five after suffering a 1-0 defeat at The Shay to a Gloucester City side who are now tenth and only five points behind the Shaymen.

 

The only goal came 15 minutes from time when Zac Kotwica was brought down by keeper Sam Johnson in the box and Joe Hanks duly converted the resulting spot-kick.

 

That result maintained Tamworth`s interest in the race for a play-off place as they won 1-0 at The Lamb against third-bottom Gainsborough Trinity.

 

The only goal came on 35 minutes when a free-kick was clipped to the far post and was headed back by Luke Jones for Dan Newton to rifle into the back of the net to record his 20th goal of the season.

 

Altrincham are thirteen points from the safety-mark after sharing a goalless draw with second-bottom Stalybridge Celtic at Moss Lane.

 

Altrincham came closer to winning the match when a James Lawrie header hit the post.

 

However, a point apiece is really not much use to either side.

 

Fourth-bottom Worcester City suffered a 2-0 defeat at Bromsgrove against a Boston United side who are now fifteenth, nine points clear of the drop zone.

 

The Pilgrims won courtesy of Adam Chapman's 22nd minute penalty and new signing Louis Briscoe's 44th minute free-kick.

 

United were indebted to keeper Ross Durrant for saving Josh Murphy's spot-kick in between times, with the City man rattling the crossbar with the follow-up.

 

Bradford Park Avenue won their `six-pointer` at the New Bucks Head against AFC Telford United to move four points above the relegation places and level on points with their hosts.

 

Hero for Avenue was on-loan forward Wayne Brooksby.

 

He netted a hat-trick with goals in the 35th, 79th and 90th minutes.

 

The Bucks reply came from the penalty spot in the 70th minute when Lee Hughes was dragged down by James Knowles and the veteran striker got up to convert the spot-kick.

 

Alfreton Town pulled seven points clear of trouble after edging past FC United of Manchester at the Impact Arena.

 

Sam Smith gave the home Reds a good start when he opened the scoring after just 6 minutes.

 

George Thomson pulled the visiting Reds level 4 minutes after half-time, but the hosts won it when Wes Atkinson popped up with a 77th minute goal.

 

Ashley Chambers put Nuneaton Town in front at the Tameside Stadium againstg Curzon Ashton inside the opening 2 minutes.

 

But that was as good as it got for Tommy Wright`s side as Matty Warburton eventually equalised in the 63rd minute and Joe Guest won it for The Nash 15 minutes from time.


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