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National North Round-Up 12/02/2018

We picked up one of our best results of the season on Saturday as we won 1-0 away to playoff chasing Bradford Park Avenue. David Syers scored the only goal of the game and we were able to hang on despite Stephen Thompson being sent off late on for two yellow cards. The victory moved us up to 14th, five points ahead of the bottom three. 

Salford City’s lead at the top of the table was reduced to just two points after they lost at York City. Aidan Connolly scored the only goal of the game for York who moved up to fifth in the table. 

Harrogate took full advantage of the Ammies slip up as they won 3-1 at struggling Leamington. Mark Beck gave Harrogate the lead at half time, but the Brakes levelled through Liam Canavan. However, they were only level for two minutes with Liam Kitching putting Harrogate back ahead before Dominic Knowles sealed the win. Leamington are now just one point ahead of the drop zone. 

Brackley lost ground on the top two as they fell to a comfortable defeat at Blyth Spartans. Dan Maguire scored twice along with a Jarrett Rivers strike as Spartans won 3-0 with all the goals coming in the first half. The win moved Blyth back into the top seven. 

Chorley are ninth after being held to a 0-0 draw at FC United of Manchester on Friday night. The result leaves them five points off the top seven. 

The bottom two met as Telford hosted North Ferriby in a must game win game for both sides. It was Telford who won 3-0 to help their chances of survival while North Ferriby look all but relegated. John Marsden gave Telford the lead in the first half with Amari Morgan-Smith and Marcus Dinanga sealing the victory. They are still second bottom but have multiple games in hand on all above them. 

Gainsborough Trinity are in the bottom three after they lost a crucial game at home to a Southport side who are still in the relegation battle themselves. Only one point separated the sides at kick off, but Jason Gilchrist scored a quick fire hat-trick to give Southport the 3-0 win.  

Curzon Ashton moved out of the relegation places with a point at Boston United, but it should have been more. Curzon were 3-0 ahead after 61 minutes through Jake Dunwoody, Daniel Shaw and Ben Mckenna. However, within quarter of an hour Boston were level. Bradley Abbott scored twice along with a goal in between from Reece Thompson to grab a 3-3 draw for Pilgrims. 

Alfreton picked up a big win after coming from behind at home to Tamworth to move level on points with their opponents. Darryl Knights put the Lambs ahead, but goals from Brendan Daniels and Craig Westcarr saw Alfreton win 2-1. Both sides are five points ahead of the drop zone. 

Three games take place on Tuesday night in the division with the biggest game seeing Telford host Curzon Ashton.