Wrexham dropped a couple of points but remained at the top of the table after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to lowly Newport County, who themselves stayed in the bottom four. The game itself had few opportunities to break the deadlock and in the end the teams couldn’t be separated. Fleetwood took the opportunity to move within a couple of points of the leaders with a comprehensive 4-1 in at home to basement side Bath City. Jamie McGuire and Jamie Vardy put Fleetwood two up before half time. Paul Stonehouse gave Bath a hope with a late goal but Gareth Seddon and Vardy’s second secured the points at Highbury.
Luton and Cambridge both won on Friday night and kept their places in the top five. Luton beat Grimsby at Blundell Park with new signing Tommy Wright scoring the all-important goal on his debut. Cambridge beat Lincoln City 2-0 at The Abbey Stadium after a goal in each half from Ashley Carew earned a fine win against Lincoln. York kept up the pressure on the top two with a fine 4-2 away at Hayes & Yeading. Jason Walker and John Challinor made sure of a good start for York although Louie Soares pulled a goal back for Hayes. Luke McLaughlin and Ashley Chambers added to York’s tally before Luke Williams’s consolation deep into injury time.
Gateshead put an end to recent poor form with a win away at Telford. Yemi Odubade and Daniel Preston exchange goals before Preston put through his own net with only six minutes remaining to give Gateshead the full three points with a 2-1 win. Southport stayed just outside the top five after drawing 1-1 at home to Tamworth. Iyseden Christie equalized Tony Gray’s opener for Southport, which was enough to win both teams a point. Mansfield and Alfreton met in an action packed game as the latter Alfreton took a two-goal lead through Anton Brown and Paul Clayton before being reduced to nine men. This allowed a 15 minute comeback for Mansfield as a Matt Green penalty and goals from Lindon Miekle and Andy Todd completing the comeback and winning the points for the Stags.
Braintree’s impressive start to the season continued with a 3-1 win at home to Darlington. David Stevens, Kenny Davis and Sean Marks all but won the game for Braintree before Darlington scored a consolation through Graeme Lee. A first half full of entertainment saw Barrow race into a three-goal lead against Kidderminster. Adam Boyes, Andy Cook and Dominic Rowe all scored within five minutes of each other before Jamille Matt gave the Harriers a chance to get into the match, although the second half petered out, Barrow managed to hold onto a 3-1 win. Forest green earned a win at struggling Stockport win a goal from Yan Klukowski netting the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win. Kettering and Ebbsfleet shared four goals at Rockingham Road. David Bridges put the poppies ahead but Calum Willock and Jamie Darvill put Ebbsfleet in a commanding position. Josh Dawkin scored the equalizer for Kettering and earned them a share of the spoils.
Jon Shaw (Gateshead) and Jason Walker (York) now share the lead at the top of the scorers list with 15 each. Barrow’s Adam Boyes is next on 12. The Blue Square Premier takes a little break now with the FA Cup taking over next week and all the conference teams entering the competition and looking for the chance of a money-spinning cup run.