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National North Round-Up 11/09/2017

We were held on Saturday to a frustrating 0-0 at home to struggling Leamington. The result saw us drop to 14th in the league table.

Harrogate Town moved top of the table after coming from behind to thrash Telford United. Anthony Dwyer gave the hosts the lead, before Jake Wright levelled before half time. Ben Parker, George Thomson, Jack Emmett and a second from Wright gave Harrogate a 5-1 victory.

Brackley Town’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end, as they lost 2-0 at Salford City who leap frogged them in the table. Jack Redshaw scored both goals for the Ammies who are only being leaders Harrogate on goal difference.

Blyth Spartans recent up turn in fortunes continued, as they moved up to fourth following a 5-2 win at home to Boston. They were 4-0 ahead after 37 minutes, Dan Maguire scored a hat-trick along with a strike from Nathan Buddle. The Pilgrims pulled two goals back through Harry Vince and Karl Hawley, before Jarratt Rivers sealed the win for Spartans with ten minutes left.

York City are fifth after victory at home to Stockport County. Simon Heslop and Amari Morgan-Smith scored inside the first half an hour for the Minstermen, as they won the game 2-0.

Tamworth are level on points with York after a 3-1 win over Spennymoor Town, moving ahead of our North East rivals in the process. Bradley Reid put The Lambs ahead, with Kallum Griffths bringing Spennymoor level just after the break. However, a Darryl Knights double gave Tamworth the win, as Spennymoor slipped to ninth place.

Southport could not bounce back from their heavy defeat at Stockport in midweek as they lost 3-0 at home to Kidderminster Harriers. William Longbottom put Harriers into the lead, with an Andre Brown double after the break sealing the win.

Alfreton Town comfortably beat Gainsborough Trinity and are now only one point outside the playoff places.  Thomas Platt, Craig Westcarr, Ricardo German and Brendan Daniels all scored, as Alfreton raced into a 4-0 lead inside just 25 minutes. Bradley Wells pulled a late goal back for Trinity, but it was just a consolation.

Chorley continued their good run with a 2-0 win away to North Ferriby United. Jason Walker and Josh Wilson scoring the goals for the Magpies.

Bradford Park Avenue were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Nuneaton Town, but they still remain in the top half of the table. Tom Elliot gave Nuneaton an early lead, with Oliver Johnson levelling for Bradford just quarter of an hour later.

Curzon Ashton picked up an important victory over local rivals FC United of Manchester. Max Leonard scored the only goal of the game just before half time for Curzon who moved up to 16th place with the victory.