Blue Square Bet
Published 26th December 2012
Amongst the early Boxing Day kick-offs, Grimsby Town held on to top spot in the Blue Square Bet Premier in style after a 4-1 win over Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.
Grimsby extended their unbeaten run to six games by taking a 2-0 lead by half-time, thanks to goals from Andy Cook after 37 minutes and an own-goal from the Imps` Andrew Boyce 6 minutes later.
Alan Power reduced the deficit from the penalty spot 8 minutes into the second half, but Craig Disley restored the Mariners two-goal lead in the 58th minute before Joe Colbeck netted their fourth in the 66th minute.
Newport County remain only a point adrift of Grimsby after a hard-fought 2-1 win over another side looking for a top five finish, Forest Green Rovers.
Steve Brogan put Rovers ahead from Chris Stokes' cross 2 minutes after half-time.
County equalised 20 minutes from time when Rovers` keeper Sam Russell misjudged a corner and Ben Swallow's kick went straight in.
And just 4 minutes later Ryan Charles put County ahead and then Rovers' Jamie Turley was sent-off in stoppage time after being shown a second yellow card.
Wrexham stay third after a comfortable 4-1 win over AFC Telford United at the Racecourse Ground.
The experienced Brett Ormerod pounced to give the Dragons the lead after just 2 minutes, stabbing home a rebound.
Nick Rushton fired through a crowd from a corner to make it 2-0 on the hour-mark and Ormerod played in Danny Wright for number three 9 minutes later.
Jake Reid's own-goal after a corner on 73 minutes was scant consolation for Telford, who had conceded a fourth 2 minutes earlier with Ormerod converting Johnny Hunt`s cross.
Dartford returned to winning ways with a 3-1 success over Ebbsfleet United at Princes Park.
Liam Enver-Marum put Fleet ahead shortly after the break.
Harry Crawford equalised 6 minutes later after latching on to Tom Bonner's knockdown and then put the hosts ahead from close range on 68 minutes.
The Darts ensured victory 10 minutes from time when Elliot Bradbrook's 20-yard effort flew into the top corner.
The other early kick-off saw struggling Nuneaton Town gain a vital 2-1 win at the Triton Showers Community Arena against neighbours Tamworth.
It was the Lambs who drew first blood after 34 minutes, thanks to Tommy Wright from close range, and that like being the winner.
But with 6 minutes of the game to go Andy Brown levelled for Boro and in the final minute of normal time, James Armson converted from the penalty spot after Marcus Kelly was adjudged to have handled to earn Kevin Wilkin`s side three valuable points.