Harrogate Town have the Edge to move into the top five

Simon Weaver.
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HARROGATE Town gained their first ever points at Edgeley Park as Saturday’s 2-1 success at Stockport County sent them into the National League North play-off zone.

Jerry Yates gave Town an early lead when he hooked a Brendon Daniels cross past Andreas Arestidou but eighth-placed County were soon on level terms when Delial Brewster raced clear to beat Peter Crook.

Town’s Danny Ellis then headed against the crossbar while at the other end Crook made a magnificent save to keep out a Jonny Margetts penalty.

In an even second half it was Town who struck the decisive blow with 15 minutes left when sub Jordan Thewlis lashed a Lloyd Kerry pass past Arestidou from an acute angle.

The Boxing Day win puts Town up to fifth place with 41 points from 20 games ahead of this afternoon’s hosting of 13th-placed Chorley.

Simon Weaver’s squad are level on points with North Ferriby United and AFC Fylde and just three points off table toppers Solihull Moors

Bradford Park Avenue’s hosting of FC United of Manchester was postponed on Saturday as the weekend’s rain caused chaos with Avenue due back in action today at North Ferriby.

Ferriby dropped into third place on Boxing Day after a 2-0 defeat at ninth placed Gainsborough Trinity who completed a fourth successive home league win.

Ferriby created opportunities but lacked their usual finishing power against a club with several former Villagers in their ranks.

Gainsborough have lost only twice at home in the league this season and proved formidable opponents for Ferriby’s promotion chasers.

Former Ferriby striker Nathan Jarman opened the scoring in the 50th minute with a powerful shot past keeper Adam Nicklin after Liam Davis had been picked out at the far post.

Six minutes later Jarman set up Simon Russell who shot accurately into the corner to seal the points.

In National League, Guiseley’s hosting of Grimsby Town was postponed on Saturday.

The seventh-bottom Lions are back in action today at 12th-placed Gateshead.

Elsewhere on Saturday, third-bottom FC Halifax Town continued their recent improvement with a 1-0 success at seventh-placed Lincoln City.

Sam Walker’s second-half goal inflicted only Lincoln’s second home defeat of the season and earned Town just their third away league win of the campaign.

Jim Harvey’s midas touch continues as Halifax made it six games unbeaten under their now-permanent manager.

The Shaymen return to action when they entertain eighth-placed Wrexham today.


JACOB HAZEL hit a Boxing Day hat-trick as Frickley Athletic enjoyed a 3-1 victory at home to Evo-Stik League Premier Division visitors Grantham Town.

Hazel took just six minutes to shoot Frickley ahead and he doubled the advantage three minutes before half-time by punishing a defensive mistake. Grantham hit back to make it 2-1 just before the hour mark but Hazel completed his hat-trick with 23 minutes left.

The rest of the Evo-Stik League programme was decimated by flooding though Goole AFC got their game at Loughborough Dynamo played and fell to a 2-0 defeat.

Bamoussa Cisse’s 39th-minute penalty was followed by a last-minute strike from Leandro Browne.

Sheffield were also 1-0 winners at Stocksbridge Park Steels. Glyn Cotton scored the goal in the 61st minute of a largely scrappy contest in the strong wind.

In First Division North, Farsley Celtic’s derby at home to Harrogate Railway, Ossett Albion’s hosting of Brighouse Town and Ossett Town’s trip to New Mills were all postponed.

Scarborough Athletic’s welcoming of Spennymoor Town was also off.

The NCE League programme was also decimated by flooding though AFC Emley were denied all three points by a last-minute leveller in a 1-1 draw at Penistone Church in Division One.

Ashley Flynn’s 72nd-minute strike looked to have Emley booked for victory only for Lewis Dickinson to equalise right at the end.

In the Premier Division, Nostell Miners Welfare were floored 2-0 at Athersley Recreation.

McCauley Shilito’s tenth-minute opener was followed by a Joe Thornton strike eight minutes before the break.

One NCE League game takes place today with Thackley at home to Liversedge in Division One. A full programme takes place on Saturday, January 2.