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Non-League Round-Up 20th Jan

David Bates
A look back at how our non-league sides got on at the weekend.

National League North

Salford City moved 11 points clear at the top of the table following a crucial 2-1 win over Harrogate Town at The Peninsula Stadium.

Mike Phenix broke the deadlock inside 14 minutes, netting after James Belshaw failed to gather his first attempt.

Michael Nottingham’s low cross was smashed home by Tom Walker as the Ammies doubled their lead.

Dominic Knowles headed in Joe Leesley’s free-kick to give Town a glimmer of hope, but Salford held out for a vital three points.

Player-manager Tom Greaves’ second-half equaliser ensured that FC United of Manchester and Blyth Spartans shared the points at Croft Park.

The Spartans went ahead via Sean Reid who squeezed the ball through Lloyd Allinson’s legs after 56 minutes.

However, FC United were level as Craig Lindfield’s strike rebounded off the crossbar and into the path of Greaves who tapped in.

Curzon Ashton, meanwhile, were left frustrated as their home fixture with Kidderminster Harriers was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Northern Premier League Premier Division

The match between Ashton United and Stafford Rangers fell victim to the heavy rainfall at Hurst Cross.

Northern Premier League First Division North

Mossley let a 3-0 lead slip as they were held to a dramatic 4-4 draw by Skelmersdale United at Seel Park.

Jack Tuohy slotted his shot past Lee Callum Roberts to give Mossley a 16th-minute lead.

Elliot Harrison added a second from close range before a Mike Fish penalty looked to have put the game beyond Skelmersdale’s reach.

The Skem responded with two goals in the space of 16 minutes; Tom Mitchell heading in and Mike Roddy converting from the penalty spot.

Alaster Redmayne then levelled despite appearing to be offside, but Tom Dean restored Mossley’s advantage as he nodded in Fish’s cross.

However, Jordan Darr hit a last-gasp goal to deny the hosts all three points.

Droylsden and Bamber Bridge could not be separated at the Butcher’s Arms Ground.

Ciaran Kilheeney opened the scoring for Droylsden when he diverted Ben Barber’s cross into the net.

Brad Carsley then fired past Richie Branagan on the stroke of half-time to secure a point for the away side.

Trafford suffered a 2-0 defeat to Brighouse Town at Shawe View.

A delicate clip over Grant Shenton from Waide Fairhurst and a 25-yard rocket from Iwan Heeley condemned the North to only their third home defeat of the season.

North West Counties Football League Premier Division

Maine Road conceded an agonising last-gasp goal as they lost 3-2 to 1874 Northwich at Brantingham Road.

Sam Riley’s early goal for Road was cancelled out by Jack Pritchard just before the interval.

Jake Parker then gave Northwich the lead in the 68th minute, but Jack Coop looked to have salvaged a draw for the MFA outfit.

Stoppage-time saw Ryan Mitchell inflict a harsh defeat on Road with a late winner.

The weather put paid to the clashes between Irlam and Bootle, Runcorn Town and West Didsbury & Chorlton, and Winsford United and Abbey Hey.

North West Counties Football League First Division

A frozen pitch at Birches Head Road led to the postponement of Chadderton’s visit to Abbey Hulton United.

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