Conference North Mid Week Review by Ian Watts
With County one of four teams not in action on Tuesday night it was likely they would face a drop in League position. We would have hoped not to fall back into the bottom half of the table but that was our fate as the Hatters go into the weekend lying 12th.
with no game for top of the table Barrow, whose boss Darren Edmondson's claimed the Vanarama Conference North manager of the month, Boston United were looking to go top. Somewhat surprisingly given their thrashing at the weekend Oxford City went ahead through Adi Yussuf after 13 minutes. Scott Garner (19) levelled things for Boston but Javier Rodrigues (29) made it 2-1. Another of City's sizeable Spanish contingent Jose Lapoujade (44) added another before the interval. Garner's second straight after the break made little difference as Yussuf (52) scored again. New signing Kynan Isaacs (57 & 53) then joined in. I guess the handful of Oxford fans at the game were now wondering if they could match the 8 goals they conceded so recently. It turned out they couldn't although with 15 minutes left sub Tom Winters made 7-2.
The team closest to County in the table got the first goal of the night as Colwyn Bay took the lead at Guiseley through Tom Buckley (2 mins). The home side responded quickly as Josh Wilson (6) levelled and there was no further scoring moving Bay above County.
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Gainsborough Trinity are another team who climbed above the Hatters. Tamworth's struggles continued early on with Curtis Bateson (10) giving Trinity the lead. It took the Staffordshire side until late in the second half but an equaliser did come when Shane Clarke (86) converted a penalty.
The other Staffordshire side in the league, Hednesford Town scored the only goal of the game at bottom club Hyde through Jamie Osborne (45).
Leamington had a comfortable win to go 6th. Their win was based around a hat trick from Stefan Moore (12, 48 & 70). Their other goal was an own goal by Mark Preece whilst another Gloucester City player Adam Connolly (54) scored in the correct net.
At the top of the table last season's NPL champions Chorley continued their good start to the season taking the lead through Jack Dorney's second goal in four days after 15 minutes. There was no further scoring and Chorley hit the top of the table.
Saturday's big scorers AFC Fylde found it tougher at home than on their travels and although Liam Tomsett (20) put them in front Bradford PA levelled things as half time approached through Scott Kerr (40). Danny L Rowe (51) put the home side back in front for a 2-1 win to go 2nd.
Struggling side Harrogate Town climbed a few places after winning their home game against Stalybridge Celtic. Harrogate's goal came through James Walshaw (21).
Worcester City suffered an early setback when Ellis Deeney was sent off after 12 minutes. They recovered to go in with a 1-0 half time lead, after new signing Sean Geddes (37) scored. He had been bought earlier in the day from Stourbridge. It was 10v10 soon after half time as Sam Gaughran saw red. The home side went on to confirm victory through Daniel Nti (53) whilst Chris Henderson scored in injury time for the visitors.