The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier
Published 18th August 2012
Perhaps the biggest was at Marston Road where tenants Northwich Victoria were beaten by the odd goal in seven against Stamford AFC.
Stamford went behind to a Lee Dodgson spot-kick after 35 minutes but although Gary King levelled on 45 minutes they still went in behind at the break after Vics restored their lead deep in injury-time through Paul Mooney.
Andy Hall drew Stamford level again on 59 minutes, and 2 minutes later Sam Mullarkey put the visitors ahead for the first time.
Skipper Richard Jones made it 4-2 to the Daniels on 77 minutes but they were forced to endure a tense final quarter of an hour after goalkeeper Elliott Shilliam was sent-off after receiving a second yellow card and the hosts reduced the arrears with Dodgson`s second penalty of the afternoon, but Stamford held on for the points.
To make matters worse for Northwich, only 86 people paid through the gate.
Newly-promoted Gresley FC started well with a 2-0 Moat win over Market Drayton Town in which Phil Massingham on 57 minutes and Rob Spencer 10 minutes from time sealed victory.
Another promoted side, King`s Lynn Town, beat relegated Chasetown, courtesy of Russell Dunkley`s 66th minute goal in front of a crowd of 599.
Sheffield FC are looking for promotion under Curtis Woodhouse and started like they mean it with a 6-2 win at Ashby Avenue against Lincoln United in which Ashley Worsfold and Steve Woolley scored twice for the visitors, Vill Powell and Chris Adam the others.
Switched Halesowen Town went down to a 3-1 defeat to relegated Mickleover Sports, for whom Alex Steadman bagged a brace.
Kidsgrove Athletic won 3-1 at home to Brigg Town with goals from James Curley, Ashley Hill and Shane Reaney after Craig Marley had given the Zebras a 29th minute lead.
Fancied Carlton Town beat Loughborough Dynamo 4-2 on their travels, thanks to goals from Sam MacVicar, Nick Hall, Ruben Wiggins-Thomas and a Matt Varley spot-kick – Matt Langham and Alvin Jarvis replying midway through the second half when Dynamo were 4-0 down, and Rainworth Miners Welfare won 1-0 at home against another fancied side, Sutton Coldfield Town, with Ian Holmes the scorer on 68 minutes.
Corey Nightingale grabbed a stoppage time equaliser for Hucknall Town at Newcastle Town, whose Neville Thompson had given them a 73rd minute lead, and Newcastle`s neighbours Leek Town equalised in the 55th minute to earn a similar outcome at Romulus after Nathan Jackson`s penalty had given the hosts a 33rd minute lead.
It also finished 1-1 at Christchurch Meadow between Belper Town and Coalville Town – Jordan Ball giving the Nailers a 26th minute lead that Jerome Murdoch cancelled out 6 minutes before the break.