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Dolly Blues Run Comes to an End

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Leaders Lancaster City`s seven-game unbeaten run in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North came to an end as play-off chasing Brighouse Town won 3-2 at the Giant Axe on Saturday.

The Dolly Blues now head the way by six points after second-placed Farsley Celtic won an amazing game at Hyde United.

Just under 300 saw Tom Haigh put visiting Brighouse in front after less than 3 minutes.

But a brace around the half-time interval from Craig Carney and Tom Kilifin sent City into the break in front.

But a second for Haigh just before the hour-mark and then a Ben Atkinson effort just as the last minute ticked in, won it for Brighouse to leave them five points adrift of the top five but with a couple of games in hand on most around them.

Hyde and Farsley were involved in a nine-goal thriller that also saw three red cards – all great entertainment for the 438 crowd at Ewen Fields.

Jordan Deacy gave the visitors an early 2nd minute lead.

That was it until 7 minutes after the break when Hyde struck twice early on through Matty Beadle and Kyle Harrison.

At 2-1, Hyde`s Paddy Miller was dismissed for violent conduct and he was followed for an early shower by Farsley striker James Walshaw for a kick out at the home keeper.

Chris Howarth equalised on 66 minutes and Janni Lipka put Hyde in front 4 minutes later.

Six minutes from time, Hyde went down to nine-men when James Burke conceded a penalty as last man and Richard Marshall made it 3-3.

Aidan Savory made it 4-3 to the visitors 3 minutes later, but credit the nine-men, who levelled through Lawrence Hunter as stoppage time approached.

But they couldn`t hang on, and Farsley won it in time added on through Adam Clayton.

Third-placed Trafford dropped six points behind Farsley after being held to a 1-1 draw at another play-off chaser, Scarborough Athletic – both goals coming late, with Josh Granite breaking the deadlock for Trafford in the 83rd minute and Benny Igiehon equalising in stoppage time.

Fourth-placed Ossett Town`s game at Bamber Bridge was off, allowing Colne to move to within a point of the Yorkshiremen after a 4-0 home win against second-bottom Goole AFC.

Phil Dean scored the only first half goal for Colne, but an Adam Morning brace on 55 and 60 minutes and Michael Morrison`s goal 5 minutes later sealed the hosts` comfortable win.

Sixth-placed Glossop North End are just a point back after beating the side now directly below them, Clitheroe.

Ben Richardson`s goal 3 minutes from time won it for the hosts in front of 337.

There was also only one goal – a 79th minute Lee Gaskell effort – that separated Ramsbottom United from hosts Tadcaster Albion to keep Rammy in the top five race.

At the opposite end of the table, bottom-markers Burscough are thirteen points from safety after losing 2-1 at home against a Mossley AFC side who also needed the points and are now fourth-bottom.

Mitch Bryant gave the Lilywhites a 37th minute lead that Jonah O`Reilly cancelled out just before the hour-mark.

Mason Duffy won it for the visitors 18 minutes from time.

Third-bottom Prescot Cables picked up a point from a 1-1 home draw with Kendal Town, whose Rob Bowman cancelled out Dale Wright`s 49th minute opener in the 64th minute.

Elsewhere, Ossett Albion saw off Colwyn Bay 3-1 at Dimple Wells with goals from Ross Hardaker in the first half and James Eyles and Isaac Baldwin in the second – Gareth Grant replying.

And the derby at the Butcher`s Arms between Droylsden and Radcliffe Borough ended all-square at 3-3 with braces for the Bloods` recent recruit, Ciaran Kilheeney and for Boro`s Lewis Reilly.


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