Published 28th July 2012
Blue Square Bet North side Vauxhall Motors shared a 1-1 draw with npower League One neighbours Tranmere Rovers on Friday night.
On 31 minutes Rovers took the lead when Akpa Akpro's cross found Cole Stockton and the young striker turned inside the area and fired low into the bottom right corner.
Stockton almost doubled the advantage 2 minutes later when his dipping effort had to be tipped over the bar but 4 minutes before half-time the hosts equalised through Tom Rutter – and that`s how the scoreline remained.
Conference Premier outfit Kidderminster Harriers kept up their pre-season form with a 1-0 win over a youthful Wolves XI at Aggborough.
The deadlock broken by Harriers on 79 minutes - an excellent Danny Pilkington free-kick curling around the wall and finding the bottom corner from 20 yards.
A youthful side representing Harriers` league rivals Tamworth won 1-0 at Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division Barwell.
The only goal of the match came in the 70th minute when Jermaine Fletcher headed home Connor Gudger's corner at the far post.
Conference South club Tonbridge Angels went down to a 3-1 defeat at Ebac Northern League Bedlington Terriers.
John Heath was the Angels` marksman, with Phil Bannister, Kris Gate and Anthony Shandran on target for the hosts.
After two wins and a draw in their three away friendlies, ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One new boys AFC Rushden & Diamonds finally took their opportunity to show their fans what they could produce at home as they defeated a Peterborough United XI by 4-0 at the Dog & Duck in front of a crowd of 441.
Two first half goals from Alfie Taylor were backed up by strikes from Chris Hope and Elliot Dent in the second period.
In front of their third biggest crowd since returning to Hartsdown Park in 2005 – 1,449 – Ryman League Premier Division club Margate enjoyed a hardworking win against a Crystal Palace side including former striker Kwesi Appiah and a number of first-team players. Margate were relatively comfortable against their south London opponents, who lacked any real penetration outside a wonderful equaliser from Ibra Sekajja, who was set up by Appiah. Margate had already taken a 7th minute before Sekajja scored for the visitors. A clear hand ball in the box resulted in a spot-kick that Tommy Whitnell dispatched clinically enough. Palace came more into the game as the half wore on - inspired by Sekajja’s strike, but it was the home side who scored again through Carl Rook, 6 minutes before the break. Gate scored soon after the restart too - just 2 minutes into the second half – when Tyler Christian-Law pounced as the Eagles failed to clear their lines.
Uhlsport Hellenic League Clanfield came away from Tucker Park with a 3-1 win against Faringdon Town.
Former Clanfield skipper Chris Benson put the hosts ahead but goals by Ollie Oswin and Ben Williams saw the Robins 2-1 ahead at half-time, and a late goal by Royston Oxendale rounded off the scoring.