The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier
Published 18th April 2012
Northwich Victoria`s pending appeal over their expulsion from the league has complicated matters in the play-off race – not least at Nantwich Town`s Weaver Stadium last night where Vics beat third-placed Bradford Park Avenue.
Avenue are looking for a strong end to their campaign so they can head with confidence into the play-offs.
However, it was Northwich who scored what proved to be the only goal of the game in the 17th minute when Ryan Wade headed in a Nathan Woolfe cross.
Hednesford Town were looking to consolidate their position in the top five, but were held to a goalless draw at Keys Park by mid-table North Ferriby United.
There were also a couple of crucial games at the opposite end of the table.
Despite twice leading through Brad Grayson and Stuart Ludlam, third-bottom Frickley Athletic were twice pegged back to draw 2-2 at Dales Lane against Rushall Olympic.
Grant Beckett equalised Grayson`s 51st minute opener 10 minutes later and then Kyle Brady pulled the Pics back on terms again 16 minutes from time after Ludlam`s 69th minute second for the Blues.
The two points dropped by Frickley could prove crucial as all eyes will now be on Whitby Town's trip to Matlock Town tonight.
Stocksbridge Park Steels, although sitting in seventeenth spot, are still in danger after suffering a 5-1 home hammering by Nantwich.
Josh Lane gave the Dabbers an early 4th minute lead that Scott Hogan cancelled out after 20 minutes.
Just 2 minutes later though Michael Lennon restored the visitors` lead, and then second half goals from Dave MacPherson, Lane again and Simon Everall gave them a 5-1 victory.
However, things might have been different had Steels not missed a penalty when 2-1 down and they had Hogan sent-off for the second successive game when trailing 4-1.
The other game saw two mid-table sides, Buxton and Kendal Town, enjoy themselves in an eight-goal encounter at Silverlands.
Kevin Leadbetter gave the Cumbrians a 3rd minute lead that Mark Reed equalised from the penalty spot 13 minutes later.
Danny Wisdom restored Kendal`s lead a minute later, only for Kieran Lugsden and Reed again to make it 3-2 to the hosts with only 28 minutes gone.
Alex Taylor pulled Kendal back on terms 4 minutes later, but Reed completed his hat-trick just before half-time and then added a fourth and the Bucks fifth from another spot-kick just past the hour-mark.