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.