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Telford Return to Top Spot

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AFC Telford United returned to the top of the Skrill North table after a 3-1 victory against Altrincham at the New Bucks Head.

Goals from Mike Grogan after 18 minutes, Neill Byrne on 51 and Adam Farrell in the 67th minutes led the Bucks to three vital points, despite James Walshaw’s 73rd minute reply for Alty.

Coupled with league leaders North Ferriby United’s goalless draw at home to Stockport County, it was enough to take Liam Watson’s side back to the summit by a point.

At Church Road, despite creating most of the chances and having most of the pressure, Ferriby had to settle for a point against a stubborn Stockport County outfit.

Hednesford Town are third now after winning 2-1 at the Northolme against Gainsborough Trinity.

Marvin Johnson gave the Pitmen the boost of a 12th minute opener, only for the experienced Darryn Stamp to equalise just 3 minutes later.

But Wayne Riley popped up with the visitors` winner with 19 minutes remaining.

Guiseley AFC occupy the final play-off spot and they earned a comprehensive 5-0 win against a youthful Vauxhall Motors side at Rivacre Road.

Already voluntarily relegated, of course, Motors fell behind to a 12th minute Danny Ellis effort and were dead and buried at half-time, with an embarrassing hammering on the cards.

Adam Boyes bagged a brace in the 15th and 28th minutes, Alex Johnson sandwiched a fourth on 25 minutes and a Gavin Rothery penalty made it a nap hand with only 37 minutes gone on the clock.

But fortunately for Motors, Guiseley took the foot off the gas after the break and the home side battled for pride, so no more goals were conceded.

Two penalties from Ricky Miller earned Boston United a 2-1 win over Solihull Moors to keep their hopes of reaching the play-offs alive.

Miller struck on 37 and 77 minutes to sandwich Omar Bogle’s deflected free-kick for the hosts in the 63rd minute.

Bogle had already squandered a chance from the spot before half-time, but United merited their win to go five unbeaten in the process.

Brackley Town maintained their top five hopes but were held to a late 2-2 draw by Colwyn Bay at St James`s Park.

But Jon Brady`s side trailed for more than three-quarters of this contest after Jamie Crowther had given Bay a 22nd minute lead.

Ryan Rowe, on-loan from Kidderminster Harriers, came off the bench to level with 13 minutes to go and then a minute from the end of normal time, Steve Diggin grabbed what looked like being the Northamptonshire side`s winner in the 89th minute.

But 2 minutes into stoppage time, sub James Ellison popped up with a last-gasp Bay leveller.

At the other end of the table, the hectic April schedule continued for Oxford City as they headed to Cheshire to take on fellow strugglers Stalybridge Celtic.

A 83rd minute goal from Paul Ennis for the home side momentarily pushed City back into the drop-zone, but Chris Willmott levelled for City just 2 minutes later to grab a priceless point that leaves them a point in front of Celtic and Histon, who were held to a goalless draw at the Glassworld Stadium by mid-table Barrow AFC.

The Stutes started well without creating too many clear-cut chances.

However, the visitors grew more dominant as the game wore on and Histon were hanging on at the end, but they dealt with everything Barrow threw at them to earn a valuable share of the spoils.

Workington remain rooted to the bottom, now ten points behind Oxford, and with the probability of only two sides going down, the Reds look likely to be one of them no.

Their latest defeat came at Borough Park against mid-table Bradford Park Avenue.

Second half goals from Paul Walker after 53 minutes and Paul Beesley on 68 minutes were enough for Avenue.

The only game with little riding on it apart from final placings and pride took place at the New Windmill where the home side made it five without defeat, thanks to an early 8th minute Lee Chilton effort.


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