2018 got off to a frustrating start for the Boro' as they fell to a 2-0 defeat away to Tamworth on New Years Day. The result saw them drop to 21st after Southport's 3-0 victory at home to Chorley. The Sandgrounders, who hadn't tasted victory since beating Darlington 2-0 in early September, moved up four places to 17th, leapfrogging Nuneaton, Alfreton, Gainsborough and Darlington.
Former Boro' Manager Tommy Wright's Darlington went down to a 3-0 defeat away to Harrogate, as the hosts took advantage of, League leaders, Salford's slip-up to narrow the gap at the top to just four points. The Ammies, who looked to be pulling away at one point, picked up just one point over the festive period, drawing 2-2 with FC United of Manchester, who twice came from behind to frustrate their local rivals.
Alfreton joined Boro' in the bottom three after a 3-1 defeat at home to Stockport County. Chris Smalley scored twice for the visitors and The Reds had top scorer Craig Westcarr sent off to compound a miserable afternoon at North Street. North Ferriby United have now lost nine straight matches after a 2-0 defeat away to York City. Jon Parkin scored both goals to take himself up to 18 for the season.
Gainsborough's 1-1 draw at home to Boston halted a four match winning streak for The Pilgrims but after seeing their half time lead pegged back, and having a man sent off, Trinity now sit just two points above the drop zone. Telford continue to move the wrong direction in the table, dropping to 16th after a 2-0 defeat at Kidderminster. The Bucks have won just once in their past eight League matches.
Leamington climbed to 15th after a second straight creditable draw with Brackley. The Saints, Boro's next opponents, have now drawn four straight in the league and remain six points behind Salford at the top of the table. In a match with playoff implications Spennymoor came from behind to beat Blyth Spartans 3-1 at home. Both teams remain in the top seven, either side of Bradford Park Avenue, who drew 1-1 at Curzon Ashton with the home side equalising deep into stoppage time.