Conference North Review

Another day with some big scores in Conference North and County's result was matched by our next opponents Oxford City. In City's case it was an away win and like County they shared the goals amongst five players. They made a lively start with goals from Darren Pond (13), Marlon Jackson (19) and Javier Rodriguez (29) putting them 3 ahead before Colwyn Bay's first response on the half hour from Marc Williams. Bay did a little better than County's opponents on Saturday as they came back to level things during the second half. Obi Anorou (64) and a second for Marc Williams (68) tied things up, but Oxford stung back 12 minutes to go as Adi Yussuf restored their lead. Felipe Barcelos finished things off in injury time. They are now 6 goals clear at the top of the away goal scorers list.

There were four clubs that County were aiming to catch ahead of the matches and they managed to overtake two of them. Guiseley had led their game for over an hour after Adam Boyes (16) put them in front. Then visitors Tamworth struck twice in a short space of time, Kayden Jackson (79 & 84) scoring both. It took a last minute penalty to earn the Yorkshire side a point. Ex-County man Oli Johnson had been on the field for just a few minutes when he was tripped in the area. Nicky Boshell put the spot kick home to leave Guiseley a place and a point behind the Hatters.

Action from Guiseley v Tamworth yesterday.

Boston United were the other team who dropped below County. Losing the ground they had gained through Conner Robinson's (36) goal in Tuesday's draw at Worcester City. They couldn't build on that result as they suffered a third home defeat of the season. Hednesford Town claimed the points thanks to first half goals from Paul McCone (39) and Paul Sullivan (43).

At the top of the table AFC Fylde maintained their advantage with the narrowest of victories over North Ferriby United. A goal from ex-County man Danny L Rowe on 36 minutes made it 7 league wins in a row for Dave Challinor's side.

Barrow kept pace with two goals in the latter stages of the second half. Jason Walker (72) and Andy Owens (89) gave them a 2-0 win over Lowestoft. The Cumbrians also have a game in hand on Fylde.

An own goal by Harrogate Town's Lewis Coyle after just 2 minutes set third place Chorley on the way to an easy win. Dale Whitham (22) and Darren Stephenson (27) extended the lead. The scoring was completed by James Dean in injury time with his 7th Conference North goal of the season.

Near neighbours Hyde suffered a 5th away defeat in 6 games going down 4-0 at Leamington. All the goals came in the second half with the home side's top scorer Stefan Moore (53) starting things off. Danny Newton (63 & 68) added a brace before Aron Wint (84) completed the scoring.

Stefan Moore started Hyde`s troubles.
Only Bradford Park Avenue have as poor an away record after six games as Hyde. They also shipped four goals on Saturday and are still looking for their second away point of the season. Conference North top scorer Omar Bogle (12) started the scoring and Ryan Beswick (36) made it 2-0 to Solihull Moors. After Michael Nottingham (69) extended the advantage there was an exchange of goals at the end of the game with Paul Walker pulling a goal back for Bradford before Darryl Knight restored the 3 goal lead.

Worcester City were the third Conference North club to record an away victory, taking the points at Gainsborough Trinity. Having earned a draw thanks to a Tyler Weir (50) goal against Boston in mid-week, City established a two goal lead in the first half at Trinity. George Williams (10) and Sean Geddes (30) getting the goals. Trinity found a response in the second half through Conor Higginson (70) but were unable to find an equaliser meaning Worcester stay three point behind the Hatters in the table.

Ryan Rowe, netted for Brackley Town.

The final Conference North game of the day saw Stalybridge Celtic lose to a Ryan Rowe goal after 17 minutes at Brackley Town.


Pos Club Pld For GD Pts
1 AFC Fylde 11 29 22 25
2 Barrow 10 24 12 23
3 Chorley 11 18 9 23
4 Oxford C 12 26 4 21
5 COUNTY 11 22 6 20
6 Guiseley 11 18 7 19
7 Boston U 12 18 -2 18
8 Worcester C 13 12 -3 17
9 Leamington 11 17 2 16
10 North Ferriby U 11 12 1 15
11 Hednesford T 11 12 -1 15
12 Solihull Moors 10 22 7 14
13 Gainsborough Tr 11 13 -4 14
14 Colwyn Bay 11 18 -2 13
15 Lowestoft T 11 11 -6 13
16 Harrogate T 11 10 -7 12
17 Stalybridge Cel 11 13 -3 11
18 Brackley T 10 7 -7 11
19 Bradford PA 12 16 -12 11
20 Tamworth 11 11 -5 10
21 Gloucester C 11 17 -7 8
22 Hyde 11 13 -11 5


9 - Omar Bogie (Solihull Moors), 8 - Charlie Griffin (Gloucester C), 7 - Ritchie Allen (AFC Fylde), Obi Anorou (Colwyn Bay), Andy Cook (Barrow), James Dean (Chorley), Kristian Dennis (COUNTY), Stefan Moore (Leamington), Dayle Southwell (Boston U).

Kristian Dennis about to pounce.


There could be plenty of changes in the table over the next week with a near full set of mid-week matches followed by three games on FA Cup day for the sides that went out at the first hurdle.

Monday 6th October 2014
Hyde v Chorley.

Tuesday 7th October 2014
Harrogate T v Gainsborough Trin; Hednesford T v Colwyn Bay; Lowestoft T v Brackley T; North Ferriby U v Leamington; Oxford C v Stockport Co; Stalybridge Cel v Guiseley; Tamworth v AFC Fylde.

Saturday 11th October 2014
Bradford PA v Barrow; Hednesford T v Hyde; Oxford C v Solihull Moors.

Ian Watts.


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