Conference North Review (20.10.1994)

Performance of the day was earned by bottom club Hyde. They were hoping eight goals in a mid-week Manchester Premier Cup tie might trigger a long awaited home win. These hopes were raised when Louis Almond (16) levelled the scored following Erkan Okay's 11th minute opener for Lowestoft Town. Hyde then took the lead through Adam Blakeman (25). Their visitors had hoped an overnight stay in Birmingham and the signing of Jake Reid would improve their chances. It clearly had not worked as Hyde extended their lead through Josh Brizell (55) then Tom Bentham (65) and finally Brizell's second made it 5-1 in injury time. Celebrations could start for the first time since 8 April 2103 when they last won a home League match.

Our other Cheshire neighbours Stalybridge Celtic make a cracking start at Gainsborough Trinity through ex-County man Liam Dickinson (3) with the quickest goal of the day. They held the lead for over an hour until Trinity levelled when Paul Beesley (65) scored and Trinity went ahead through Darryn Stamp (81). There was no further scoring.

At the top of the table league leaders AFC Fylde were quickly into their stride as Richie Allen (8) put them ahead against Worcester City. Josh Langley (16) and Michael Barnes (38) extended the lead. Although Worcester City had added midfielder Steve Leslie to the side on his return from a spell in Australia the game was effectively all over in the first half. Fylde managed just one more goal in the second half as Allen (84) got his 7th of the season.

Guiseley matched the league leaders all the way. A first half brace from Adam Boyes (21 & 28) established a 2-0 lead. The points were wrapped up when Paul Stonehouse (43) put through his own net. Another own goal from Alesandro-Adrian Santiago (78) was the only second half strike and the 4-0 win over Oxford City meant they were the only club to climb above County in the table.

Higher up the table only Chorley extended their advantage over the Hatters. With new defender Chris Doyle in the side on loan from Morecambe, and striker Astley Mulholland on the bench it seemed likely Chorley would claim the points. This was how it went with Mark Ross (43) and James Dean (61) getting the goals for a 2-0 victory over Hednesford Town.

North Ferriby United and Barrow exchanged goals mid-way through the first half of their game. The high-flying visitors struck first through Izak Reid (27) but a Natham Jarman penalty (36) levelled matters. United then took lead when Danny Emerton (51) scored his first of the season. Barrow were not finished and Simon Grand (79) made it 2-2. The point was enough for the Holker Street side to retain second place in the table.

Elsewhere Boston United's visitors Gloucester City released four men in the week including first choice keeper Mike Green. His place went to loan signing from Forest Green Rovers Paul White. The new keeper was soon picking the ball out of the net as David Fallah (5) scored. Shortly after half time Boston's new loan signing Conner Robinson (46) got the second in 2-0 win. Boston remain behind to catch County on goal difference only and they play again on Tuesday night when they travel to Worcester City.

County's point moved them away from Lowestoft, Worcester and Leamington where visitors Harrogate Town took the lead when their much travelled new signing Callum Hassan (15) found the net. Richard Batchelor (42) got the equaliser but the Yorkshire side wrappd up a seemingly easy 3-1 victory with second half goals from Craig Nelthorpe (78) and David McGurk (86).

Tamworth, who parted company with manager Dale Belford in the week, did not see any immediate improvement. Rob Hopley (8) put Colwyn Bay 1-0 up., however it was level just 8 minutes later thanks to Leon Mettam (17). The game ended 1-1.

Just one game ended goalless giving THREE keepers keepers a clean sheet on their debut. Bradford Park Avenue had brought in Jon Danby and released previous incumbent John Lamb. Visitors Brackley Town had lost their ever present stopper Dean Snedker when parent club Northampton recalled him. Their new man was Canadian Jon Viscosi. However Viscosi has to leave the field with a shoulder injury in the first half and another new signing, midfielder Sam Whitter, took over for the rest of the game.

DIVISIONAL TOP SCORERS

8 - Bogie (Solihull Moors); 7 - Allen (AFC Fylde), Cook (Barrow); 6 - Anorou (Colwyn Bay), Dean (Chorley), Dennis (COUNTY), Griffin (Gloucester C), Moore S (Leamington), Southwell (Boston U).

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