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Goal Fest in Blue Square Bet North

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Saturday saw a bit of a goal fest in the Blue Square Bet North, including four for leaders Brackley Town and EIGHT……

….for Altrincham against beleaguered basement side Hinckley United.

Brackley maintained their three-point lead at the top of the table after a 4-1 win over Stalybridge Celtic at St James`s Park.

Marvin Robinson gave Jon Brady`s side 12th minute lead that Owen Story doubled just 3 minutes later.

Brett Solkhon eventually added a third 7 minutes after half-time and, after Mitchell Austin had reduced the arrears on 71 minutes, Glenn Walker made it 4-1 with 5 minutes remaining.

Guiseley AFC returned to second place, albeit perhaps only for 24 hours, after a 3-1 win at the Jakeman`s Stadium against Boston United.

But the Lions had to come back from being a 29th minute Mark Jones goal behind, equalising a minute before the break through Wayne Brooksby.

Kevin Holsgrove then put the visitors ahead 4 minutes after the restart and he scored his second and the Lions` third 11 minutes from time to confirm victory.

Altrincham recovered from the disappointment of bowing out of the FA Cup in midweek by trouncing a very young but spirited Hinckley side at Moss Lane.

James Lawrie put Alty ahead in the 7th minute and a fine strike from Jake Moult made it 2-0 after 29 minutes when he chested down a ball from the right before swivelling and volleying across the keeper into the net. And, just before half-time, Shaun Densmore scored from a free-kick from just outside the box.

Nicky Clee scored a fourth as his shot was half stopped but looped over the line on the hour-mark and another Densmore free-kick made it 5-0 just 9 minutes later.

When substitute Ryan Brooke was felled he got up to convert an 88th minute penalty past an outfield player after Hinckley keeper Rob Peet had been sent-off for his offence.

And then in stoppage time Duncan Watmore added a seventh and eighth with a quickfire brace.

FC Halifax Town are fourth after beating Droylsden 4-1 at The Shay.

However, the crowd of 1,332 had to wait until just past the hour-mark for the Shaymen to make the breathrough when on-loan Alex Titchiner netted.

The same player doubled the home side`s lead on 71 minutes and James Ellison reduced the deficit 10 minutes from time, only for former Bloods player Dale Johnson to score Halifax`s third less than a minutes later.

There was still time for Titchiner to complete his hat-trick in time added on.

The Shaymen went above Worcester City after they were held to a 1-1 draw at St George`s Lane by Workington.

Tyler Weir gave City a 21st minute lead that Gareth Arnison eventually cancelled out on the hour-mark for the Reds, who are now tenth.

Oxford City are level on points with FC Halifax and Worcester after a 1-1 draw at Steel Park against Corby Town.

It looked as though the visitors were heading for all three points as they led through Jamie Cook`s 43rd minute effort until 7 minutes from time when Carl Piergianni grabbed an equaliser for the Steelmen.

Bishop`s Stortford dropped towards the bottom three after going down to a 5-1 drubbing at their own Woodside Park ground.

Darren Knowles gave Trinity a 25th minute lead that he added to just 3 minutes later.

Ricky Sappleton replied immediately after half-time, but Michael Leary restored the visitors` two-goal cushion on 57 minutes and Darryn Stamp on 65 and Paul Connor 4 minutes from time completed the rout.

Vauxhall Motors are also dropping towards danger after losing 3-1 at Harrogate Town, whose Paul Beesley gave them a 19th minute lead.

Lee Elam doubled the home side`s advantage 4 minutes later and James Dean added a third with 6 minutes of the first half remaining.

Motors at least `won` the second half, reducing the arrears through Robbie Booth on 52 minutes.

Solihull Moors moved up to thirteenth in the table after a 3-1 Damson Park victory over Bradford Park Avenue.

Tom Kemp put the home side ahead after 13 minutes, but it wasn`t until the final 10 minutes that the game was really decided.

Omar Bogle doubled Moors` lead from the penalty spot and then Tom Greaves reduced the deficit on 84 minutes, only for Michael Blackwood to ensure there was to be no fighback by Avenue with a third for the hosts in stoppage time.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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