Blue Square Bet
Published 29th January 2011
....but will be annoyed with dropping two home points in a 1-1 draw with bottom-markers Redditch United at Liberty Way on Saturday.
And Boro even looked like heading for a shock defeat when new signing Simon Brown finally broke the deadlock by giving Redditch the lead with just 11 minutes remaining.
But 4 minutes later Lee Moore rescued Boro with the equaliser.
A number of games fell foul of frozen pitches, including second-placed Guiseley`s game at Droylsden and fourth and fifth-placed Boston United and AFC Telford United`s matches at Stalybridge Celtic and Hyde FC respectively.
Corby Town crashed to a humiliating defeat at their own Rockingham Triangle as Eastwood Town tore them apart.
All the talk beforehand had been about the Football Match Officials Group’s decision to take Sky Sports sexism row referee Sian Massey off the game.
The visitors dominated the opening 20 minutes and probably deserved more for their efforts than just Lee Stevenson’s ffiteenth goal of the season when he headed home from close range after 10 minutes.
With the Badgers almost picking their way through Corby’s back line at will, the home team appeared set for a tough afternoon.
Instead, they equalised from their first shot on target on 22 minutes when Nathan Jarman smashed the ball home from a half-cleared corner.
And a minutes before the break Adrian Hawes bundled home a scrappy header to restore the Badgers` lead.
Corby came out with more purpose at the start of the second half and Steve Diggin was unlucky to see a clever back-heel go straight into the keeper’s hands.
But the defence then fell apart again on 53 minutes as Peter Knox’s through ball sent Matt Rhead away to make to 3-1, and the Steelmen simply caved in after that.
Hawes had a header tipped on to the bar on 80 minutes and, from the resulting corner, Knox bundled home Eastwood’s fourth,
Their fifth came 2 minutes later as Knox again got through to find the bottom corner. And substitute Knox rounded off a brilliant afternoon when he completed his 10-minute hat trick with a far-post header in the final minute.
Matty Elliott is still looking for his first win as Stafford Rangers boss after seeing his side go down to a 3-2 defeat at Croft Park against Blyth Spartans. Shane Benjamin gave Rangers a good start with a goal in the 9th minute, but Neal Hooks on 17 minutes and Michael Tait 10 minutes later turned the game in Spartans` favour.
Robbie Dale virtually made sure of the points when he netted Blyth`s third on 63 minutes, although James Reid made the home fans sweat when he reduced the deficit with 19 minutes to go.
Vauxhall Motors moved into ninth place after a 2-1 Rivacre Road victory over Gloucester City.
Leighton McGivern opened the scoring for Motors in the 15th minute.
Dean Edwards equalised just before the hour-mark, but Obi Anorou scored what proved to be the home side`s winner 3 minutes later.
Hinckley United earned a crucial three points from a 3-1 home win over fellow strugglers Gainsborough Trinity.
Mark Greaves put Trinity ahead after 18 minutes, but within 7 minutes the home side were back on level terms through Sam Belcher.
Jermaine Clarke then put the Knitters in front just before half time and the same player made sure of victory with the third 12 minutes from time.
And in the only other game played on Saturday, Solihull Moors and Harrogate Town shared a 2-2 draw at Damson Park.
And Moors, chasing a play-off place, will be hugely disappointed as they led 2-0 with goals from Junior English after 38 minutes and Adam Cunnington on 75.
But Graeme Armstrong's penalty 3 minutes later and Jake Picton's strike 2 minutes from time secured the draw for Harrogate.