Conference North Review – 17/1/15

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Not much difference at the top of the Conference North after this weekends games as all sides in the top 5 won, with the exception of Guiseley who saw their game at home to Bradford Park avenue postponed due to the weather.

Tamworth were the only team to take advantage of that as they leapfrog Guiseley into 3rd place after a late Brendan Daniels goal saw them pick up all 3 points away at Leamington in a 2-1 win.

AFC Fylde remain top after second half goals from Joe Booth and Richard Allen secured a 2-1 win at home to Oxford City, Tom Winters scored a late consolation for City to ensure a nervy last 5 minutes but The Coasters held on.

Barrow stay second after a 3-1 win at home to Colwyn bay, however they had to mount a second half fightback after finding themselves 1-0 down at the break. Andy Cook, Johnny Gorman and Sam Sheridan with the goals., cancelling out a Wesley Baynes opener on the half hour mark.

Solihull stay in the final play-off place thanks to top scorer Omar Bogle who bagged his 19th goal of the season with a spectacular free-kick, proving the difference in a 1-0 win at home to Brackley Town.

Hednesford leapfrogged Chorley and now sit just outside the play-offs on goal difference after a come from behind victory over the Lancashire team. Chorley went ahead in the eighth minute thanks to a Chris Simm goal, but that was cancelled out 60 seconds later by Marvin Robinson, who then went on to get his and Hednesford’s second 5 minutes later and ensure the 3 points for The Pitmen.

Down at the bottom, Hyde are still without an away win all season after going down 3-0 at Lowestoft, first half goals from Robert Eagle and Jake Reed saw the Trawlerboys lead 2-0 at the break, and when Hyde were reduced to 10 men in the second half following striker Louis Almonds dismissal, they were left with too much to do and a Jack Ainsley penalty sealed the win.

Gloucester played rivals Worcester on the Sunday, and with Bradford PA’s game being postponed, they knew a win would take them above them and close the gap on Leamington to 2 points. They duly obliged with a goal either side of half-time to win 2-0.

Stalybridge Celtic kept up their recent good form, but will be disappointed to let a two goal lead slip as they were pegged back by North Ferriby. Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged a first half double to give Celtic a half-time 2 goal lead. However Ferribly rallied in the second half and after Matt Regan put through his own goal to reduce the defecit, it was left to Gregg Anderson to score the equaliser with only 3 minutes left on the clock.

Harrogate Town got their first win of 2015 with a fine win over Play-off hopefuls Boston United, Andy Gascoigne and Ryan Fallowfield gave them a 2-0 lead, Mark Jones pulled one back for Boston in the dying minutes but it wasn’t enough for them to get something out of the game.

Stockport County went down 2-0 away at Gainsborough Trinity, despite a battling second half performance from a side reduced to 9 men. Jordan Fagbola was dismissed on the stroke of half-time as he was adjudged to have fouled Jonathon Margetts inside the box, and Ciaran Toner dispatched the spotkick to give Trinity a 1-0 halftime lead. No more than five minutes into the second half and County were reduced to 9 men, on loan signing Greg Wilkinson was dismissed for a foul on Dominic Roma. The Hatters battled valiantly despite the numerical disadvantage and had chances to equalise. However it wasn’t to be and Margetts grabbed a second for Trinity to put the game beyond the reach of County and ensure the 3 points.

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