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Saturday`s Vanarama National League South Round-Up....
Published: 11-03-2017 at 20:03
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Maidenhead United maintained their narrow, one-point lead at the top of the Vanarama National League South table following a 3-1 win at the Woodspring Stadium against Weston-super-Mare on Saturday.

After some scrappy defending, Dave Tarpey finally poked home for his record-equalling 34th goal of the season to give the Magpies a 41st minute lead.

 

Just past the hour-mark though, Weston pulled level when Jacob Cane hit home after a great cross.

 

The Seagulls paid for more sloppy defending as the Magpies re-took the lead 5 minutes later through Sean Marks.

 

It was to be the turning point in the match as keeper Luke Purnell took a risk tackling Tarpey but came off second best and the striker only had to tap the ball into an empty net for his 35th goal of the season to break the divisional record.

 

Second-placed Ebbsfleet United remained just a point adrift of the summit after a comfortable 3-0 win at Clarence Park against a now ninth-placed St Albans City.

 

It was virtually all done and dusted before half-time with Fleet three-up.

 

Sam Deering gave them a 28th minute lead that Jack Powell doubled 7 minutes later.

 

Danny Kedwell swiftly added number three just seconds later.

 

The Saints couldn`t find a way back into the game and fell to a fifth successive defeat which has ended their hopes of a top five challenge.

 

Third-placed Dartford were held to a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Concord Rangers.

 

But the Beachboys will gain some confidence from the way they battled back from Ryan Hayes` 21st minute opener for the Darts.

 

Steve Cawley`s 87th minute penalty conversion salvaging a point for the home side.

 

It was a day of joy for Chris Dickson who scored four as fourth-placed Chelmsford City cruised to a 5-1 victory over Eastbourne Borough at the Melbourne Stadium.

 

The Clarets took the lead in the 8th minute as Elliott Buchanan’s deflected shot sneaked to Dickson who tapped home from just a few yards.

 

Their lead was eventually doubled on 37 minutes when Dickson grabbed his second goal of the afternoon with a delightful tap-in after lobbing Lewis Carey.

 

The 32-year-old scored a third goal 4 minutes into the second half before adding a fourth on 77 minutes after Gavin McCallum had reduced the deficit on 62 minutes.

 

Debutant Louie Theophanous rounded off the rout with a fifth goal in second half stoppage time.

 

Fifth-placed Poole Town, however, went down to a 2-1 defeat at Park View Road against a Welling United side who were getting dragged towards the bottom three.

 

But this win lifts the Wings ten points clear of the drop zone, and came courtesy of a 6th minute own goal and a 24th minute Harry Crawford penalty.

 

Poole boss Tom Killick celebrated winning the manager of the month award by being sent to the stand in the 77th minute.

 

He then saw Steve Devlin reduce the arrears from the spot 7 minutes later, but the Dolphins were unable to find a leveller and their five-match unbeaten run came to and end.

 

Hampton & Richmond Borough kept themselves is touch with the play-offs as they beat fellow contenders Hungerford Town 2-0 at the Beveree.

 

Just before half-time, Christian Jolley broke his barren run in front of goal as his anticipation managed to get him on a long ball just in front of Crusaders keeper George Legg, to lob the ball into the empty net from 20 yards.

 

The visitors kept pressing without really creating many clear-cut chances and the game was wrapped up just before the final whistle as Harold Odametey latched into a Shamir Mullings flick just inside the Hungerford half as the Crusaders committed players forward.

 

He scampered on to the edge of the box to coolly slot past Legg for his first goal for the Beavers.

 

Wealdstone are now seven points behind Poole after a sixth successive win at Treyew Road against a Truro City side going in the other direction.

 

Joe White gave the Stones a 26th minute lead that Jamie Richards cancelled out right on the half-time whistle.

 

But Tom Hamblin won it for Gordon Bartlett`s side 10 minutes from time to leave the White Tigers in fifth-bottom spot.

 

They do have an eight-point cushion on third-bottom Gosport Borough, however, after they became bottom-markers Margate`s first victims in twenty attempts.

 

Substitute Ira Jackson scored two late goals in the 88th minute from the spot and 95th minute.

 

Margate's Dean Morgan had earlier missed an 11th minute spot-kick, while Gosport's Ben Wright hit the crossbar from two yards when the game was still goalless.

 

Second-bottom Bishop`s Stortford suffered a 4-0 home drubbing by mid-table East Thurrock United.

 

Ben Marlow gave the Rocks the boost of an early 6th minute lead.

 

And it was 3-0 at half-time with goals from Tom Wraight after 24 minutes and Marlow again on 34 minutes.

 

Femi Akinwande scored the only goal of the second period just shy of the hour-mark.

 

Fourth-bottom Whitehawk were beaten 1-0 at Marsh Farm by Oxford City, who are now on forty points.

 

The nearest either side came to breaking the deadlock before the break was when Jefferson Louis’ rising shot crashed back off the Hawks’ bar.

 

Godfrey Poku went close for the visitors in the second half, but just as the clock ticked into the 90th minute, City won it when Louis lobbed a neat finish over the visiting keeper.

 

Bath City hammered Hemel Hempstead Town 6-0 at Twerton Park.

 

The points were virtually sewn up within 20 minutes as Axel Andresson netted a free-kick and penalty as the Hertfordshire outfit were reduced to ten-men when Marvin Morgan was dismissed.

 

Shawn McCoulsky and Nick McCootie also etched their names onto the scoresheet by half-time for a 4-0 interval advantage.

 

Opportunities continued to flow in the second half, McCoulsky notching his second and Shaquille Hunter stepping off the bench to tap in a stoppage time sixth.


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