Wrexham maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Blue Square Premier after beating Stockport 4-0. Two goals from Nathaniel Knight-Percival and goals from caretaker player manager Andy Morrell and Jake Speight ensured Wrexham stayed clear. Fleetwood briefly got within a point of Wrexham after beating Lincoln 3-1 after going behind to a Josh O’ Keefe header. Fleetwood’s Ryan Jackson equalised before Andy Mangan and a second from Jackson put the Cod Army in second place. York City also came from behind at home to beat Grimsby 2-1. Grimsby’s Craig Disley scored an early goal before Jason Walker leveled. A late Ashley Chambers winner secured the points. Luton thrashed Gateshead 5-1 as both teams ended Saturday in the play off places. Two goals from Jake Howells put the Hatters in a strong position at half time. Aaron O’ Connor made it three before Jon Shaw pulled a goal back for the Tynesiders, but this was in vain as Jamie Hand scored two more goals for Luton in a comprehensive victory,
A strike from Luke Berry and a Harrison Dunk brace moved Cambridge United to within a place of the top five after a 3-0 win at Alfreton Town. Southport also stayed close after beating fellow to half side Mansfield 3-1. An own goal from Andy Todd and goals from Shaun Whalley and Tony Gray had Southport in a winning position before Paul Connor’s consolation strike. Braintree’s stuttering form after their excellent start continued after losing a two-goal lead at home to basement side Bath City. Gethin Jones put Bath ahead but Ben Wright and Mark McCammon scored two goals in three minutes for Braintree before Matt Paine’s third goal left them in a strong position. Bath fought back with goals from Marley Watkins and Lee Phillips earned Bath a well-deserved share of the points. Tamworth moved into the top half of the table after a fine 2-1 win away at Newport. After a goalless first half Kieran St Amie and Iyseden Christie scored for the visitors before Darryl Knight’s consolation.
Darlington stayed mid table after a late goal from Jonathan Sanchez-Munoz was enough to beat Kidderminster 1-0. Barrow beat Hayes & Yeading 3-1 to move into the top half with an Andy Cook hat trick enough for the Bluebirds. Louis Soares penalty gave Hayes a chance to come back but that wasn’t to be. Telford suffered a bad loss at home to Ebbsfleet with James Darvill and Calum Willock scoring either side of half time in a win that took the Fleet out of the relegation zone. In the other Saturday game, Adam Cunnington continued his goal-scoring run as Kettering beat Forest Green away at The New Lawn to move above their opponents.
The big game of Tuesday’s full programme was Wrexham’s visit to Kenilworth Road to visit fellow high flyers Luton Town. After a goalless first half, Mathias Pogba scored with only 17 minutes remaining to keep the Dragons four points clear of Fleetwood, who also gained an important away win. A Richard Brodie penalty and a 14 minute hat trick from Jamie Vardy secured all three points in a comprehensive win, with Paul Clayton scoring the Alfreton’s consolation. York stayed third despite only drawing at home to Cambridge, who themselves stayed within touching distance of the play offs. Harrison Dunk put Cambridge ahead before Jason Walker’s diving header pulled York back into the game. Michael Gash looked to have secured all three points for the U’s but Walkers second of the game earned a share of the points. Gateshead threw away a two goal lead and fell out of the play off places after losing at home to Southport, who took their place in the top five. Jon Shaw and Yemi Odubade put the Tynesiders in a powerful position. A second half brace from Shaun Whalley and a last minute winner from Vinny Mukendi saw Southport provided the perfect end for the visitors.
Tamworth moved into eighth place in the table after coming back to beat Hayes & Yeading. Louis Soares second penalty in a few days put the visitors ahead, but late goals from Kieran St Amie and Kyle Patterson was enough to win the game for the Lambs. The game of the night was at Aggborough where Kidderminster just edged a nine-goal thriller. Sean Marks scored for the Harriers but Nick Wright leveled. Ben Wright put Braintree in front but a double from James Vincent and a Callum Gittings strike put Kidderminster in a commanding position. Aswad Thomas and Ben Wright’s second had the game all square before Nick Wright’s second from the penalty spot finally won a classic encounter. Lincoln City and Mansfield couldn’t be separated at Sincil Bank. Gavin McCallum scored with only quarter of an hour left but Matthew Green earned a late point for the Imps. Adam Boyes eleventh goal of the season was enough for Barrow to win and continue their impressive start to the season.
Forest Green won their first game in seven after Telford’s Shane Killock scored a late own goal after Charlie Griffin and Adam Proudlock had earlier left the game deadlocked. Grimsby took a first minute lead against Ebbsfleet with Anthony Elding scoring from close range. Michael West equalized before Rocky Shakes and Calum Willock moved away from the bottom four. Stockport also made their season look a little brighter after beating bottom club Bath at Twerton Park, with Nick Chadwick and Michael Paton scoring the all important goals. In the nights other game a Danny Rose hat trick was enough for Newport to see off Kettering, with Moses Ahikodi scoring the Poppies only goal.
Jon Shaw from Gateshead still leads the goal scorers with 15, Jason Walker follows on 14 and Barrow’s Adam Boyes and Danny Rose from Newport tied for third with 10 goals each.