Stockport County move top of the National League, on a night when Ollie Palmer announced himself to the Wrexham faithful and Dover Athletic's long wait for a win came to an end. 

By Amos Murphy

Stockport National League Maidenhead

Stockport County players celebrate their 3-0 win over Maidenhead United - Credit: Mike Petch / Stockport County Football Club

Stockport go top with commanding second half

Dave Challinor’s Stockport County moved to the top of the National League with a dominative second half performance over Maidenhead United, which saw the Hatters net three without return.

Antoni Sarcevic opened the scoring for County with his second league goal in four games, whilst Ryan Croasdale continued his resurgence under Challinor, adding a second midway through the second half.

Sealing the victory in added time, John Rooney scored his first goal since finding the net against Maidenhead earlier in the campaign, to round off a commanding evening for the promotion hopefuls.

Long Dover wait ends as Eastleigh fall off a cliff

Dover Athletic ended their wait for a National League victory, one day short of a year since their last league triumph, edging past Eastleigh at the Crabble Stadium.

After a goalless first half, Alfie Pavey netted his third goal in four matches for Dover, who were able to hold on for their first victory since 26th January 2021.

Unsurprisingly, it was not enough to take Dover off the bottom of the National League table, with the Whites now five points from making it into positive figures, after being handed a 12 point deduction at the beginning of the season.

Ollie’s at the Wrexham wheel as striker gets debut goal

Ollie Palmer wasted no time in making an impact for new club Wrexham, netting the only goal of the game in a crucial 1-0 win over Grimsby Town.

Arriving from League One AFC Wimbledon yesterday afternoon, the striker got off the mark for the Welsh side just 35 minutes into his Red Dragons debut.

Phil Parkinson’s side climbs into the playoff spots with the win, whereas Grimsby’s woes continue, with the Mariners having won one of their last nine outings.

Rees’ pieces enough for Boreham Wood win

Josh Rees netted the only goal of a tight affair at the Shay Stadium, as Boreham Wood came out slender 1-0 winners over FC Halifax Town.

Knowing a loss would see them slip off the top of the National League, Halifax got off to the worst possible start, conceding midway through the first half.

With what would turn out to be the winning goal, Rees’ strike moved Boreham Wood to within one point of Halifax, who themselves are a singular point behind leaders Stockport.

Dagger in the heart of new man Oldfield

Dagenham & Redbridge came from behind to steal three points against Weymouth, denying David Oldfield a first win in charge of his new side.

Josh McQuoid found an opener for the hosts just before the break, and it looked as if it would prove to be enough for Weymouth, who led for much of the second half.

Eventually netting an equaliser with 20 minutes to play, Josh Walker third goal in four games provided Daryl McMahon’s men to push on and find a winner, with Paul McCallum doing just that seven minutes from time.

Elsewhere in the National League

Aldershot had led for 82 minutes of their clash with Southend United, but Harry Cardwell’s first goal for the Shrimpers since joining from Chorley secured them a point with three minutes to play.

Bromley made it four wins in a row across all competitions, with Jude Arthurs’ first-half strike securing all three points for the Ravens against Woking.

Andrew Dallas was on the scoresheet for a sixth time in two matches, as he scored one of Solihull Moors’ two against stuttering Torquay United.

Nothing could separate either Wealdstone or Notts County, as the Magpies playoff push took a dent with a frustrating goalless draw at Grosvenor Vale.

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