Whilst the Coasters were in FA Cup action last weekend, three games were taking place in the Vanarama Conference North, with some eye catching results.
Barrow missed the chance to close the gap to AFC Fylde as they went down 2-1 at Bradford Park Avenue. A late goal from Richard Marshall earned all three points for BPA after Jason Walker’s penalty had earlier cancelled out Danny Frost’s first half opener. Barrow could have gone two points behind Fylde with a game in hand with a win but the Coasters will be top of the Conference North after the game with Gainsborough no matter what.
Hednesford Town moved up to 8th place after a comprehensive 4-1 win over rock bottom Hyde. The Pitmen were in fine form and a hat-trick from striker Danny Glover, including the opener after just three minutes put pay to any hopes of a result for Hyde. The Tigers’ only consolation was a 90th minute penalty which was converted by Connor Hughes. Hyde remain bottom of the table after their ninth defeat of the season which so far has only garnered six points.
Oxford City’s run of impressive form came to a shuddering halt after a 4-1 thumping at home to Solihull Moors. It was a b-eautiful win for the visitors as goals from Breeden,Bogle,Beswick and Byfield saw them climb to 10th place in the Vanarama Conference North whilst Oxford remain 4th having played considerably more games than the teams around them.
This weekend in the Vanarama Conference North there is a full fixture list with all 22 teams in action.
Barrow will be wanting to put their defeat to Bradford Park Avenue behind them with a win at home to Gloucester City, who are struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Bottom of the table Hyde travel to Boston United with both sides out of form in recent weeks. Hyde can lift themselves off the bottom with a win whilst Boston can go as high as 6th.
15th placed Brackley meet Tamworth in 20th. Both sides had poor starts but Brackley have distanced themselves from the drop in recent weeks. Tamworth will be aiming to do the same with a win.
Hendesford meet Bradford Park Avenue at Keys Park with the hosts now into the top ten after their win against Hyde. Bradford Park Avenue are now 16th after their victory against Barrow and another win could take them as high as 12th.
Mid table Leamington play host to Stockport County. Both sides are still in the FA Cup having drawn with Worcester City and beaten Ilkeston respectively.
Lowestoft Town meet Oxford City in a clash between two of the league’s southernmost sides. Lowestoft sit 17th whilst Oxford are in 4th and can go as high as second with victory.
Elsehwhere in the division North Ferriby play Guiseley,Chorley face a trip to Solihull Moors,Stalybridge Celtic play host to Colwyn Bay and Worcester City battle Hednesford Town at Aggborough.