Simon Hahn brings us his weekly round up Darlington suffered a disappointing week, as we were only able to pick up one point from our two games against Droylsden and Farsley. At Droylsden on Saturday we lost 2-1, before conceding a last minute equaliser to draw 1-1 at home to Farsley on Wednesday.
Salford City remain top of the table despite being held to a draw at title rivals Spennymoor Town. Spennymoor appeared to have won the game in stoppage time, through Joe Tait, however the referee over ruled his linesman and disallowed the goal for offisde, the game finished 0-0. The draw was the first time Salford have dropped points this season. They were however able to return to winning ways in midweek, as they cruised past Ossett Albion to extend their lead at the top of the table to three points. Salford scored twice either side of half time, as they won at a canter 4-0. Sam Madeley scored a brace, with Jamie Rother and Daniel Browne the other scorers.
Second met third at the weekend, as Farsley hosted Northwich Victoria. Farsley came out on top as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on Northwich. Aaron Hardy scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the second half.
Northwich were able to climb back into second place on Tuesday night, as they easily won at home to Burscough. Josh Amis gave Northwich the lead before the break, with further goals coming in the second period from Aboubacar Sanogo, Gary Burnett and a double from Godwin Abadaki, giving them a 5-0 victory.
Following victory over Darlington on Saturday, Droylsden picked up another three points at Padiham on Wednesday night, as they moved up to fourth in the league table. Despite trailing twice before the break, Droylsden would go on to win the game 5-3, Benjamin Deegan scoring two of their goals.
Scarborough Athletic are now fifth, after one win and one loss this week. On Saturday they scored two goals in the final ten minutes to win at home to Prescot Cables. Sam Corlett had given Prescot the lead just before half time, before goals from Gary Bradshaw and Jordan Thewlis gave the Seagulls the victory 2-1.
Sadly they could not keep up their good run in midweek, as they suffered their second defeat of the season at Ossett Town, 3-1. Lee Connor, Rob Boardman and Nathan Curtis all were on the scoresheet for Ossett, before Scarborough claimed a late consolation through Thewlis.
Spennymoor are sixth after an impresive victory at Brighouse Town in midweek, 4-1. Liam Henderson and Chris Mason gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead at the break. Isaac Baldwin then brought Brighouse back into the game, before strikes from Gavin Cogden and Lewis Dodds sealed the points.
Bamber Bridge recorded back to back victories to move into the top half of the table. On Saturday they came from behind to win at Ossett Albion 3-2. Greg Johnstone and Matthew Kay both scored in the first period, with Johnstone grabbing his second in the final ten minutes to secure the win.
Bamber Bridge then picked up another victory, as they beat Mossley at home 1-0. Andrew Bell scored the only goal of the game in the first half for the home side who are now seventh in the table.
Radcliffe Borough remain in the top half, but let two leads slip this week, as they drew twice. At the weekend an early Dan Laffert goal had given them the lead at home to Osssett Town. However a Steven Jeff penalty earned the visitors a point in a 1-1 draw. Radcliffe then suffered last minute heartache on Monday at New Mills, twice they led but could not hold onto the lead, Douglas Pringle scoring the second equaliser for Mills in stoppage time, as the game finished 2-2.
Brighouse Town round out the top ten, as they denied Kendal their first win of the season in dramatic fashion. Struggling Kendal had been heading towards their first victory of the campaign, thanks to goals from Kieran Pickup and Maison McGeechan. However Ryan Hall and Tyrone Gay both scored in stoppage time for Brighouse who salvaged a point, 2-2.
Warrington Town have started to climb the table after picking up four points this week. On Saturday they were comfortable victors at home to Padiham, Louis Corrigan scored a double in a 3-0 victory.
They then picked up a point in a tough looking trip to Lancaster City. Scott Metcalfe gave Warrington an early lead, before Tom Kilfin resuced a point for Lancaster. Lancaster haven’t started as they would have hoped this time around after just missing out on the playoffs last season. Before their draw with Warrington they were easily beaten at Mossley. Mossley won 3-0 thanks to Mitchell Bryant and a Thomas Pratt double.
Harrogate RA climbed from bottom of the table all the way up to fifteenth, after back to back wins this week. They picked up their first win of the season on Saturday at Burscough, 3-1, Nathan Cartman scoring twice. Cartman again was the hero on Monday night, as he scored the only goal of Harrogate’s home game with Clitheroe in stoppage time.
Next up for the Quakers is Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon. If the game is drawn a replay will be played at Blyth sometime in the coming week. The tie represents a great opportunity for the club to progress in the competition, as well as the financial benefits a win would give.
Saturday 13th Fixtures
Evo-Stik First Division North
Kendal Town v Mossley
New Mills v Padiham
FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Ashington v Scarborough Athletic
Bamber Bridge v Squires Gate
Bishop Auckland v Spennymoor Town
Brighouse Town v Ashton United
Burscough v Curzon Ashton
Farsley AFC v Frickley Athletic
Harrogate RA v Cltiheroe
Marine v Ossett Town
Northwich Victoria v Glossop North End
Ossett Albion v Droylsden
Salford City v Nantwich Town
Skelmersdale United v Radcliffe Borough
Warrington Town v Trafford
West Allotment Celtic v Lancaster City