With the FA Trophy quarter-finals, and another match lost to the weather, there were only seven games in the Vanarama National League North this weekend. Our 1-1 draw at home to Chorley kept us in 12th as we climbed above the inactive Boston United, but fell below the red-hot Southport. The Sandgrounders won their third straight, and fifth out of the last six, as they beat Curzon Ashton 3-1. League leading Jason Gilchrist added to his goal total to take his tally to 23 for the season, three ahead of Jason Oswell and Jon Parkin on 20. Our very own Ashley Chambers is next with 18.
The shock of the day came in Bradford, where play-off chasing Park Avenue were defeated 1-0 by North Ferriby United. It was the Villagers first victory since the 19th of August but they remain stranded at the foot of the table, 25 points from safety with 30 to play for. Darlington returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory at home to Kidderminster Harriers. The Quakers are up to 14th, five points above the drop zone and one point behind the Boro', having played one game more than ourselves.
After a, somewhat, wretched string of results Leamington won their second straight, with another 1-0 victory, this time against Blyth Spartans. The Brakes move up to 15th, with 38 points from 32 games. Despite their defeats, Blyth and Kidderminster remain in the play-off places alongside York and Spennymoor. The Minstermen failed to take full-advantage of the slip-ups as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Alfreton Town. It was a valuable point for the Reds as it keeps them three clear of relegation.
The only other match saw our Tuesday opponents, Telford, stay within touching distance of safety. Their 1-0 win at home to FC United of Manchester brought them to within three points of Tamworth, FC, Curzon and Alfreton. Salford's postponement at home to Tamworth deprived them of the chance to move back above Harrogate, as Town didn't have a match.
In FA Trophy action, all three National North sides in action were involved in draws. Stockport County equalised late on to secure a 1-1 draw and a replay away to Brackley Town on Tuesday evening. Spennymoor Town bounced back from defeat at the hands of the Boro' last weekend to earn an impressive 0-0 draw away to National League promotion chasers Bromley. Check back later in the week to find out how those replays went.