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Robins Hit For Seven

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Rushall Olympic head into 2017 holding a five-point lead at the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division table following Boxing Day`s matches.

But the Pics` lead was helped by Buxton`s derby defeat at Matlock Town, meaning the Bucks dropped to third after Whitby Town`s 2-1 win at the Turnbull Ground against a now fifth-placed Blyth Spartans side.

There were no goals but plenty of entertainment for the crowd of 1,431 at Amblecote as mid-table Stourbridge held the leaders.

A match which saw chances at either end remained goalless throughout as both defences just about did enough to keep the oppositions attackers at bay.

But, despite having a man advantage for the last half-hour after former Glassboy Karl Hawley saw red for kicking out at Tom Tonks, the hosts couldn`t find a way through.

A crowd of 1,051 at Causeway Lane saw Nic Degirolamo give Matlock a 27th minute lead that Alex Pursehouse quickly doubled 2 minutes later.

A third goal in 3 minutes from Bradley Grayson pulled Buxton back into the game, but Niall McManus` 76th minute third won it for the Gladiators.

In front of a season`s best 612, Matty Tymon gave Whitby a 15th minute lead they held until the 64th minute when Adam Gell added a second for the Seasiders.

Luke Armstrong pulled Spartans quickly back into the game 5 minutes later, but the home side held firm.

Another north-east side, Spennymoor Town, are now fourth after a 2-0 home win against a fifth-bottom Frickley Athletic outfit.

A crowd of 516 saw Rob Ranshaw give the Moors a great start with a goal inside the opening 2 minutes.

However, it wasn`t until stoppage time at the end of the game when Joe Tait made the points safe for Moors from the penalty spot.

Stafford Rangers pulled themselves nine points clear of the bottom four after beating sixth-placed neighbours Hednesford Town at Marston Road in front of a day`s best crowd of 1,826.

Kyle Perry gave Rangers a 22nd minute lead that Danny Glover cancelled out 9 minutes before half-time.

Kieran Morris` 62nd minute strike proved to be the winner for Rangers.

Workington AFCF are back in the top five race, being only two points behind fifth-placed Blyth after a 3-1 Borough Park success against Nantwich Town.

The Dabbers needed a win to go above the Reds, but fell behind to a 13th minute Jacob Simpson goal.

Ryan Brooke eventually equalised on 74 minutes, but less than a minute later, Dave Symington restored the Reds lead that Rob Wilson added to 5 minutes from time.

At the other end of the table, Corby Town are in serious danger of suffering back-to-back relegations after a 4-0 defeat at The Meres by Grantham Town, who are now ninth after an eighth match unbeaten.

Luke Shaw from the spot after 28 minutes and Jeremiah Dasaolu 5 minutes later had the Gingerbreads two-up at the break.

Lee Shaw on the hour-mark and Rhys Lewis 3 minutes later condemned the Steelmen to another bad defeat to leave them twelve points adrift of fifth-bottom Frickley.

Second-bottom Skelmersdale United scraped a point from a 3-3 derby draw at the Marine Travel Arena against Marine AFC.

It was a shame for Skem`s Jack Watts, who netted a hat-trick with goals in the 53rd, 60th and 80th minutes.

However, Michael Monaghan after 16 minutes, a Danny Mitchley penalty on 35 minutes and Warren Bellew on 67 minutes had replied for the Mariners.

Third-bottom Ilkeston FC`s confidence will be in tatters after they suffered a 7-0 mauling at Mickleover Sports.

A season`s best crowd of 509 saw the Robins` youngsters blown away in the first half which saw Connor Hall help himself to four goals and Adam Baskerville the other as they went into the break 5-0 up.

Hall scored a personal fifth shortly after the interval and Jake Bennett hit the seventh with only 54 minutes gone on the clock.

But the murder was over for the visitors.

Fourth-bottom Sutton Coldfield Town, in contrast, shared a 0-0 draw at The Grove against Halesowen Town in front of 607.

Elsewhere, Ashton United won 2-1 at Hurst Cross against Warrington Town, whose Dylan Vassallo replied in the 81st minute after goals from Matty Chadwick from the spot after 27 minutes and Ryan Crowther 9 minutes after the beak.

And Barwell earned local Leicestershire bragging rights by winning 2-1 at Owen Street against Coalville Town, courtesy of goals from hot property Brady Hickey after 54 minutes and Owen Story a minute after Rory Coleman`s 78th minute equaliser.

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