Blue Square Bet Premier – Rovers hit the front

by Stephen Fallows

The busy start to the non league season continued this Tuesday with another full programme of action.

Forest Green Rovers moved to the top of the league replacing Newport with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Ebbsfleet United, with all five goals coming in the first 45 minutes. The visitors took the lead through Phil Walsh scored from outside the area after 12 minutes, but Yan Klukowski equalled just a few minutes later. Ben Wright, Matty Taylor and Eddie Oshodi all added goals in quick succession to send the Rovers top. Luton Town also came from behind to record a 3-2 win at home to Cambridge United which moved the Hatters into second. Ricky Wellard had put Cambridge ahead but Janos Kovacs, Andre Gray and Dean Beckwith put the hosts 3-1 up. A late Rory McAuley threatened to bring the visitors back into the game but they couldn’t find the equaliser.  Newport County’s run at the top of the table came to an end after a 2-1 defeat away to new boys Dartford. Harry Crawford headed the hosts ahead early in the second half but Aaron O’Connor pulled the Exiles back level a few minutes later. Richard Rose earned the hosts a win with a last minute goal that continued their impressive start to the season.

Macclesfield Town are fourth in the table after winning a seven goal epic at Edgeley park against rivals Stockport County. The hosts twice took the lead through Danny Hattersley and Danny Whitehead although they were twice pegged back by Chris Holroyd. Holroyd’s third gave Macclesfield the lead but Daniel O Donnell levelled for Stockport and it stayed level until eight minutes from time, when James Tunnicliffe’s own goal gave the visitors a big win.  Two late goals from Glen Little and Jay harris kept Wrexham in the play off hunt after a 2-0 win at home to Hyde United, who dropped to the bottom of the table. Hereford United added to Woking’s recent away woes handing them their fourth successive defeat on the road. Ashley Sammons and Sam Clucas gave the hosts and comfortable half time lead before Kevin Betsy fired a late consolation for Woking.

Karl Ledsham’s late winner saw Southport past Gateshead 2-1 in a game where the last twenty minutes saw all the action. Earlier Shaun Whalley had given the Sandgrounders the lead before a quick equaliser from Gateshead’s Josh Gillies. Mansfield saw a goal either side of half time from Matt Green and Luke Jones enough for them to see off Tamworth in a 2-0 win.  Nuneaton moved up to 15th after a good 3-1 win at home to Telford United. Adam Walker gave the host a lead after 13 minutes before Nathan Rooney’s penalty levelled things up before half time. Nuneaton ran away with the game in the second half after James Armson’s penalty was added to by Andy Brown’s late strike.

Kidderminster Harriers moved off the bottom off the table after a 1-1 draw away at mid table Braintree Town. Dan Holman gave the home side a first half lead, and it looked like that may have been enough to tae points but for Mickey Demetriou’s late equaliser was enough to add a little bit of a boost to the Harriers poor start to the season.  Alfreton came back from behind after going behind at Lincoln City to climb out of the bottom four and above their hosts. Nicky Nicalau scored a first half free kick to give the Imps the lead, but  second half strikes from Anthony WIlson and Darran Kempson’s goals gave the visitors a valuable win.  Barrow missed out on  the chance of a first win of the season at Holker Street after Anthony Eldings second half brace won a point for Grimsby in a 2-2 draw after the bluebirds had gone ahead through Richie Bakers penalty and Joseph Jackson had put the hosts in a fine position.

Stuart Fleetwood of Luton and Aaron O Connor of Newport are tied at the top of the goalscorers list with 7 goals apiece, with Nuneaton’s Adam Walker just one behind on 6.

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