Conference North review 22 November

County became only the second of 8 sides to prevent Fylde winning at home; a result that gives the Hatters the chance of catching them on points when Fylde open our December EP fixtures. In contrast the result meant County lost ground on all the other clubs above them except one.

It was second placed Guiseley who were the only top 5 loser and they did so to Barrow who built on their lead in the table. The home side left themselves too much to do as they leaked 3 goals in the last 10 minutes of the first half. With Anthony Wilson (36), Alex-Ray Harvey (40) and Danny Pilkington (44) netting. The ex-County man's fourth of the season proved crucial as a brace from Wayne Brooksby (55 & 69) brought the final score back to 2-3.
Danny Pilkington

Chorley climbed above AFC Fylde into third place with their 2nd home win of the week. It looked a very unlikely result after 10 minutes when bottom club Hyde were 2-0 up thanks to Tom Bentham (3 & 10). Hopes of a first away win of the season had all but gone by half-time as Chris Doyle (35) and Chris Simm (45) drew Chorley level. It took nearly 30 second half minutes before Chorley hit the winner but it did eventually come thanks to Darren Stephenson.

Solihull Moors stay in the play-off places thanks to a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory over Gainsborough Trinity. Junior English (25) gave the home side the first half lead and near the hour mark Darryl Knights (58) wrapped up the points. The result leaves them points ahead of County.
Junior English.

Oxford City have still played more games than any other club in the Conference North and are perhaps unsurprisingly in the mix at the top. Their position is based on an impressive 6 away wins, but Saturday saw City record their fourth home win. They left Stalybridge Celtic still floundering when, for the second weekend running, Adi Yussuf (24 & 63) scored both Oxford goals.

Boston United kept pace with County as they extended their unbeaten run to four games with a 1-1 draw at Leamington. The goals came in a short spell of second half action. Jack Edwards (60) giving the home side the lead before Dayle Southwell (69) earned Boston's point.

Closing to within 3 points of the Hatters thanks to away wins were North Ferriby United and Worcester City. North Ferriby travelled to the League's Lowestoft outpost. Nathan Jarman's 16th minute penalty put United in front and Adam Bolder (36) soon made it 2-0. Town's Jefferson Louis pulled one back late on but there was no time for an equaliser.

Worcester's trip was into Yorkshire and they became only the second team to win a Vanarama Conference North game at Wetherby Road this season. Regular scorers Danny Nti with a pair of goals (65 & 90) and Sean Geddes (79) earned a relatively easy 3-0 win.
Sean Geddes

Our Trophy opponents made it three defeats out of three for the sides in the relegation zone. Gloucester City were beaten at Llanelian Road. Bay got early help from their opponents as Gloucester City's Matt Williams (9 ) put through his own goal. Tom Buckley (18) soon made it 2-0 and although Tom Webb pulled a goal back on 27 minute Bay completed the scoring though Obi Anorou (41) with his 9th of the season.

Of the other relegation threatened sides it was Brackley Town and Tamworth who had the best results. Brackley beat fellow strugglers Bradford Park Avenue 2-1. Ebby Nelson-Addy (11) and Will Green (800 put them two in front whilst Joe Colbeck's goal four minutes room time the Yorkshire side at least gave Town a late scare.

Meanwhile Tamworth won the Staffordshire derby at Keys Park. Hednesford Town goal on 18 minutes through Francino Francis had put them in front but by half time Tamworth led thanks to Reece Styche's penalty (26) and Dave Hibbert six minutes later. Town were back on term early in the second half Alex Melbourne 52 but Tamworth claimed their valuable win when Dan Preston netted in injury time.

CURRENT TABLE

Pos Pld HW HD Hl HF HA AW AD Al AF AA GD PT
1 Barrow 17 9 0 0 22 3 3 3 2 15 14 20 39
2 Guiseley 19 5 2 3 20 13 5 3 1 17 9 15 35
3 Chorley 18 7 1 1 20 7 3 3 3 13 15 11 34
4 AFC Fylde 16 6 2 0 16 3 4 1 3 20 9 24 33
5 Solihull Moors 18 4 2 2 19 11 6 1 3 21 13 16 33
6 Oxford C 20 3 4 3 11 20 6 0 4 27 18 0 31
7 COUNTY 18 7 0 1 21 8 2 3 5 10 16 7 30
8 Boston U 19 4 2 4 14 16 4 4 1 15 11 2 30
9 North Ferriby U 18 4 4 1 21 16 3 3 3 8 8 5 28
10 Worcester C 17 5 3 0 14 7 2 3 4 7 11 3 27
11 Hednesford T 19 3 4 3 16 15 4 1 4 12 9 4 26
12 Colwyn Bay 18 2 2 5 12 18 4 4 1 17 12 -1 24
13 Harrogate T 18 5 3 2 15 11 1 1 6 6 14 -4 22
14 Gainsborough Tr 19 4 3 3 17 14 2 1 6 10 18 -5 22
15 Lowestoft T 18 5 2 3 13 12 0 3 5 5 17 -11 20
16 Leamington 17 3 2 4 14 14 2 2 4 10 13 -3 19
17 Brackley T 17 4 3 2 8 8 1 1 6 5 17 -12 19
18 Tamworth 17 1 3 3 6 12 2 6 2 16 16 -6 18
19 Bradford PA 19 4 2 4 15 21 0 3 6 10 19 -15 17
20 Gloucester C 17 1 4 2 7 10 2 2 6 17 26 -12 15
21 Stalybridge Cel 18 3 1 6 12 20 0 3 5 5 11 -14 13
22 Hyde 19 1 3 4 15 16 0 1 10 9 32 -24 7

Ian Watts

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