Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North leaders Darlington 1883 had to make do with a point at home….
….against mid-table Prescot Cables on Saturday.
Terry Galbraith gave the Quakers a 20th minute lead that Rob Doran cancelled out within 9 minutes.
Ged Murphy then threatened an upset as he put Cables ahead on 65 minutes – a lead they held until 9 minutes from time when Stephen Thompson equalised.
Warrington Town hit seven goals for the second successive league game as they defeated Padiham to record a sixth consecutive league win and move into third spot.
However, Town led 3-2 midway through the second half with goals from Steve Beck, James McCarten and Connor Millington – Ben Allen and Dominic Craig for the visitors – when Padiham goalkeeper Sean Davies rushed out of his goal, collided with an opponent and stayed down, enabling substitute Ashley Ruane to finish from outside of the box in to the empty net and make it 4-2.
Davies was carried off injured and with no reserve keeper on the bench, left-back Thomas Bradley took over the gloves, and was helpless to prevent three further goals from Liam Dawson from the spot, Chris Gahgan and Dawson again to add gloss to the final scoreline of 7-2 in a game where newly-promoted Padiham had competed, particularly in the first half.
Warrington moved above Kendal Town in the table after the Cumbrians were beaten 3-0 at Clitheroe, for whom Danny Smith bagged a brace in the 14th and 39th minutes, with Jack Higgins adding a third just before half-time.
Lancaster City moved level on points with Kendal after a 2-1 win at the Giant Axe against Salford City, for whom Gary Prescott gave them a 28th minute lead.
Ryan Winder grabbed the leveller for the Dolly Blues a minute before half-time and then Ryan Elderton scored what proved to be the winner on 56 minutes.
Bamber Bridge won 1-0 at Irongate against Cammell Laird, courtesy of a 48th minute Ali Waddecar effort, while Ramsbottom United edged home 3-2 at Wakefield, whose Rob Boardman bagged a brace but was outgunned by Lee Gaskell, Phil Dean and Jon Robinson.
Radcliffe Borough eased to a 3-0 win at Stainton Park against Ossett Albion and swapped placed at the foot of the table with their Yorkshire visitors.
Caldon Henson on 25 minutes and then two in a minute midway through the second half from Jake Hibbs and Brad Robinson sealed Boro`s win.
Burscough beat Harrogate Railway Athletic 2-1 at Victoria Park with goals from John Connolly after 5 minutes and Jordan Williams after 32, with Nathan Cartman reducing the arrears 4 minutes later.
The other two matches both ended in 3-3 draws.
New Mills led 3-1 at Seel Park against Mossley with goals from ex-Lilywhite Michael Fish after 21 minutes, Danny Grimshaw on 31 minutes and Carlos Meakin 6 minutes later – Charlie Anderson sandwiching Mossley`s reply on 27 minutes.
But a Doug Carroll brace on the hour-mark and then 7 minutes later earned the home side a share of the points.
Farsley AFC led 2-0 at Northwich Victoria, thanks to a Rob O`Brien double in the 2nd and 10th minutes.
Marc Williams on 31 minutes and Alex Taylor 8 minutes later pulled Vics back on terms, only for Matty Chadwick to restore Farsley`s lead 20 minutes from time.
But Dale Wright`s penalty with 9 minutes remaining salvaged a point for the hosts.