Early goals ensure Town ease fears of relegation

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HARROGATE Town eased their Vanarama North relegation fears with Saturday’s 2-1 success at home to Boston United.

On a day when Guiseley’s hosting of Bradford Park Avenue was postponed, the victory put Town 16th and seven points clear of the drop zone.

Town drew first blood after 11 minutes when Ryan Fallowfield fed Andy Gascoigne, who fired home from just outside the area.

And the Harrogate side doubled their lead just seven minutes later when Dan Clayton rounded goalkeeper Joel Dixon before pulling the ball back to Fallowfield to slot into an unguarded net.

Town took their 2-0 advantage into the interval but play-off chasing Boston set up a nervy finale with three minutes to go when Mark Jones rose highest at a corner to head past goalkeeper Peter Crook.

Town’s Dominic Rowe then raced free and had a chance to make it 3-1, only to pull his shot just wide of the post.

Town then held on to an important victory and their first three-point haul of 2015.

Simon Weaver’s side are back in action next Saturday at fifth-placed Solihull Moors.

Play-off chasing North Ferriby United were in action at the weekend as they drew 2-2 at sixth-bottom Stalybridge Celtic thanks to Gregg Anderson’s late leveller. Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Celtic an eighth-minute lead and the hosts looked on course for victory when Calvert-Lewin bagged his second 15 minutes later.

But Ferriby got back into the game six minutes after the interval through a Matt Regan own goal.

Stalybridge should have scored a third after 72 minutes but goalkeeper Adam Nicklin reacted superbly to push Kevin Holsgrove’s shot on to the bar when it seemed a certain goal.

And Ferriby’s equaliser came after 87 minutes when Adam Bolder’s deep free-kick found Anderson at the far post and he out-jumped the defence to head firmly home. Ferriby manager Billy Heath said: “We played very well in the second-half and deserved a point.”

Ferriby sit seventh and return to action on Saturday at Farnborough in the FA Trophy third round.

Bradford Park Avenue’s trip to Guiseley on Saturday was postponed due to snow and a waterlogged pitch. Third-bottom Avenue welcome fifth-bottom Colwyn Bay on Saturday while fourth-placed Guiseley visit Boston United.

FC Halifax Town’s home Conference clash with Eastleigh was frozen off on Saturday and the Shaymen return to action on Saturday at Dartford in the FA Trophy third round.

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FARSLEY AFC led twice at leaders Salford City before being dented by Saturday’s 3-2 loss in the Evo-Stik League First Division North.

James Riley fired Farsley ahead after five minutes but Sam Madeley levelled 17 minutes later.

Farsley’s Riley then notched his second nine minutes before the break but Madeley had the same idea and made it 2-2 with his second strike seven minutes after the break.

Play-off chasing Farsley were then left broken hearted when Ashley Dunn hit what would prove the winner three minutes later.

Farsley were at least helped by fellow play-off chasers Scarborough Athletic losing 4-2 at home to Warrington Town.

Scarborough struck through Ryan Blott and a Gary Bradshaw penalty but were dealt a surprise by 15th-placed Warrington.

Brighouse Town moved further away from the drop zone with a 3-1 success at Radcliffe Borough.

Brighouse were in control thanks to a ninth-minute Daniel Lafferty own goal and a 16th-minute Danny Hull strike by the time Radcliffe’s Sam Cook netted on the stroke of half-time. Brighouse’s Ryan Hall sealed victory with his strike in the last minute.

Ossett Albion, though, lost out 1-0 at Lancaster City whose Tom Kilifin struck the only goal of the game eight minutes from time.

Ossett Town’s hosting of Bamber Bridge was postponed due to waterlogging while Harrogate Railway’s home clash with Kendal Town was frozen off. In the Premier, Reece Thompson’s strike failed to save Frickley Athletic from a 3-1 loss at home to Barwell.

In First Division South, Goole AFC enjoyed a last-gasp 2-1 win at Market Drayton Town. Town led through Aidan Haughton but were stunned by goals from Oliver Steeple and Derry Robson inside the final 17 minutes.

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HEMSWORTH Miners Welfare moved one point away from the NCE League’s Division One top spot with Saturday’s 4-2 triumph at home to Dronfield Town.

Nine NCE League games survived the elements with Jason Yates, Nash Connolly, Nicholas Guest and Robert Crapper all netting for Hemsworth while leaders AFC Emley were held 2-2 at Bottesford Town.

Emley twice led through Ashley Flynn and Daniel Claridge before being pegged back.

Selby Town drew a 3-3 thriller at Penistone Church as Craig Muirhead, Matthew Turnbull and Dan Bunch struck for Selby.

In the Premier, Joel Ramm’s hat-trick inspired Pickering Town’s 4-3 win at home to Bridlington Town.

Ryan Cooper also struck for Town with a Craig Hogg double and a Chris Adams strike not enough for Brid’.

Garforth Town blitzed visiting Retford United 6-1 through a Mark Simpson brace plus goals from Luke Mangham, Tawanda Rupere, Daniel Barrett and Jassim Alali.

Elsewhere, second-half strikes from Mike Garrod and Ryan Farrell gave Thackley a 2-0 win at Nostell Miners Welfare.

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TADCASTER Albion stormed into the FA Vase fifth round for only the second time in their history with Saturday’s 3-2 success at home to Brocton.

In front of 637 spectators, the sides were level 2-2 at half-time with Denny Ingram and Carl Stewart netting for the hosts.

Both teams were then reduced to ten men when Stewart reacted angrily to a rash challenge on Josh Greening. Tadcaster’s Stewart and Brocton’s Matthew Docherty were both shown red cards for their parts in the aftermath of the challenge.

But Albion continued their marvellous run through Callum Ward’s fantastic winner seven minutes after the hour.

Tadcaster last reached the fifth round in 1978 and will now await news of today’s fifth round draw which is the last 16.

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