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NL | Halifax maintain top spot as Stockport jump towards the playoffs

FC Halifax Town extended their lead at the top of the National League to four points over Chesterfield, whilst Stockport County pile the pressure on the playoff chasers.

By Amos Murphy

Stockport County Paddy Madden

Paddy Madden celebrates after scoring against Altrincham Credit: Stockport County Football Club / Mike Petch

Halifax hike the pressure on with Grimsby triumph

FC Halifax Town made it seven matches unbeaten across all competitions, with a statement 1-0 victory over Football League dropouts Grimsby.

A goalless first half didn’t deter the Shaymen, who continued to press the visitors, before netting the eventual winner from the spot with 20 minutes to play.

Matty Warburton extended his fine scoring form, with the midfielder now having netted in five of his last six outings.

Stockport no match for slumping Altrincham

Stockport County moved towards the National League playoff spaces, as they blew mid-table Altrincham away with a bumper 4-1 victory away from home.

Only Chesterfield have taken more points from the previous 15 games than County, and the visitors kicked things off after just six minutes, when Antoni Sarcevic netted his second goal in three matches.

Will Collar added a second before half-time, with Paddy Madden and Ryan Croasdale netting in the second half, before Ajay Leitch-Smith netted a consolation for the Robins deep into added time.

Notts County mount comeback in King’s Lynn triumph

Notts County were forced to come from behind against King’s Lynn Town, as the Magpies saw off a spirited Linnets side 4-2 on the road.

Gold Omotayo had given King’s Lynn a halftime lead, before a 15 minute Callum Roberts hattrick turned the game on its head.

Frank Vincent added a fourth for Notts County late on, with the hosts scoring their second of the evening through Michael Clunan just before full time.

Southend surge up the table

Southend United’s resurgence continued with a 2-1 victory over Yeovil Town, as the Shrimpers begin to distance themselves from the National League drop zone.

Jason Demetriou’s first-half opener was doubled by Tom Clifford midway through the second period, before a late Reuben Reid consolation halved the deficit.

The victory now means Southend have a seven-point buffer between themselves and Weymouth in the final relegation spot.

Boreham Wood keep up chipper form

FA Cup giant-killers Boreham Wood returned to league action with an important 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Wealdstone.

Netting the only goal of the game halfway through the second period, Danilo Orsi-Dadomo’s 67th-minute strike breached a resilient Wealdstone backline.

Sitting in third, Boreham Wood’s dream of a maiden promotion to the Football League remains alive, with the Wood now five points behind Halifax, whilst boasting three games in hand over the Yorkshire club.

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