Stockport County and Bromley hit the jackpot as the other front runners slipped up in Saturday’s games.
By Steven Oldham
Sides close in on National League summit
The pair - third and fourth respectively - are both now within three points of the top of the table.
Dave Challinor’s side struck early to seal a 2-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in the late kick off.
Ash Palmer and Will Collar were both on target within the first five minutes against Daryl McMahon’s Daggers.
Bromley came from behind to beat the fading Grimsby Town 2-1 at Blundell Park.
Jude Arthurs scored the winner in the last ten minutes, after the sides went in at half time all square. Jordan Maguire-Drew opened the scoring for The Mariners midway through the first half, before Bromley got back into the game through George Alexander.
The Hatters have now won five on the bounce in the league, with Bromley winning back-to-back games by the same score.
Spireites back on top as Shaymen take surprise defeat
Chesterfield are back on top of the table despite being held to a goalless draw by Aldershot Town.
A point was good enough for them to dislodge FC Halifax Town, who were beaten 1-0 by the resurgent Maidenhead United. It’s only the second time James Rowe’s side have failed to score this season.
Josh Kelly’s first half goal was enough to wrap up another win for the home side.
Maidenhead have picked up 10 points from 12 in their most recent games and could prove kingmakers in the long run after beating Halifax, Chesterfield and Bromley in recent weeks.
Five star Dallas sweeps Solihull to victory
Andrew Dallas hit all five goals as Solihull Moors cruised to a 5-0 victory over doomed Dover Athletic.
The home side were 4-0 up at half-time, and added a fifth before the hour mark.
The striker now has eight goals in two games after picking up a hat-trick in last weekend’s FA Trophy win at Southport.
It’s a much-needed first win in four for Solihull who are looking to go in the opposite direction to Dover and remain in playoff contention.
Athletic have lost seven games in a row and remain without a win this season.
Dramatic last minute win for Southend United
Improving Southend United picked up a third straight league win on Friday night thanks to Sam Dalby’s last minute penalty.
Kevin Maher’s side were 2-1 winners over King’s Lynn Town at Roots Hall.
Harry Phipps had given the visitors a half-time lead, but the Shrimpers turned the game around in the second half.
Matthew Dennis equalised within three minutes of the restart before the game’s dramatic ending.
It’s a fourth straight defeat for King’s Lynn are looking increasingly cut adrift at the bottom and are 13 points short of safety.
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Wrexham continue to keep the sides above them within range after picking up a 2-1 victory at Yeovil Town.
Tom Knowles had given The Glovers a half-time lead with his 14th minute goal, but that’s as good as it got for Yeovil.
Paul Mullin’s goal just before the hour and a Morgan Williams own goal were enough to give Phil Parkinson’s side a fourth win in five games. Yeovil are going in the opposite direction and have lost four on the bounce.
Torquay United picked up a 2-1 victory at out-of-sorts Altrincham, with Stephen Wearne hitting the winner in the second half.
Conor Lemonheigh-Evans had opened the scoring after six minutes, with Toby Mullarkey equalising. Altrincham have now gone ten games without a win.
The David Oldfield era began with a promising point as Weymouth held Boreham Wood to a 1-1 draw.
Frankie Raymond had given Luke Garrard’s side the lead, but The Wood were pegged back by an own goal Taye Ashby-Hammond just before half time.
Oldfield recently left Oxford City to replace the sacked Brian Stock. Weymouth remain eight points from safety. Boreham Wood drop to fifth.
Woking scored in both halves on their way to beating Wealdstone 2-0.
Inih Effiong opened the scoring, with sub Jamar Loza adding the gloss to the home side’s victory.
Elsewhere, the game between Notts County and Barnet was called off due to Covid cases in the Bees’ squad.