OD’S STILL IN TOUCH AT SUM­MIT

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK LEAGUE SOUTH, WEST & EAST - Bar­ton Rovers. By Sacha Clay­ton

AFC DUNSTABLE kept them­selves within touch­ing dis­tance of league lead­ers AFC Rush­den & Di­a­monds with a 3-1 vic­tory at Ash­ford Town.

In a cagey first half, CJ Christie latched onto a beau­ti­ful Jer­maine Hall cross to tap home from close range.

But Steve Heath’s side came out a com­pletely dif­fer­ent side in the sec­ond pe­riod and had their re­wards thanks to a strike from Max Her­bert.

The sec­ond-placed side were made to work hard un­til they re­gained the lead just eight min­utes from time cour­tesy of a Hall header.

And Hall was on hand to seal a huge vic­tory in added time, slot­ting home from close range.

A su­perb hat-trick from Aaron Min­has helped Bea­cons­field Town see off a de­ter­mined Cam­bridge

City 3-2. Af­ter a goal­less open­ing half, Min­has’ first came on 51 min­utes when he latched onto a long clear­ance.

City’s top scorer Ryan Shar­man then lev­elled on 56 min­utes be­fore James Hall took ad­van­tage of poor de­fend­ing to put the vis­i­tors ahead.

A great cross by Scott Cousins on 83 min­utes saw Min­has vol­ley home and the sharp­shooter was on hand to net the win­ner with two min­utes to play.

Hart­ley Wintney made it three wins from three games in 2018 af­ter over­com­ing Han­well 4-2.

It was the hosts who took the lead as Har­vey Killeen showed a poacher’s in­stinct as he coolly slot­ted home but Hart­ley re­sponded six min­utes later thanks to a Rowan Vine strike.

But Killeen was at it again as he ri­fled home an un­stop­pable shot from 20 yards be­fore Paul Hodges lev­elled when his shot was ad­judged to have crossed the line af­ter hit­ting the un­der­side of the bar.

The vis­i­tors moved into the as­cen­dency in the sec­ond half as first Liam Ea­gle slot­ted home be­fore

Jake Bax­ter showed great com­po­sure to seal a thrilling vic­tory.

League lead­ers AFC Rush­den & Di­a­monds con­tin­ued their fine run of form as they cruised to a 40 vic­tory over Fleet Town.

Ben Farrell opened the scored af­ter just six min­utes be­fore Ben Di­a­mond’s glanc­ing header dou­bled the vis­i­tor’s ad­van­tage.

Joel Gyasi put the game be­yond doubt in the 59th minute and four min­utes later, Luke Fair­lamb added the gloss to keep Di­a­monds two points clear of AFC Dunstable.

Craig Hill’s hero­ics in the Thame net could not pre­vent his side go­ing down 1-0 to Hayes & Yead­ing.

The stop­per made sev­eral bril­liant saves be­fore Is­mael Ehui nod­ded home for the vis­i­tors.

A brace from Josh Craw­ley and goals from Jake New­man and Luke Heneghan gave

Kemp­ston a com­fort­able 4-1 vic­tory over Uxbridge. Chal­font St Peter had an away day to re­mem­ber as Ge­orge Beat­tie and Mahlondo Martin helped them grab a 2-0 win over Ayles­bury. North­wood Town over­came the de­par­ture of their man­ager Si­mon Lane to de­feat Ar­lesey

Town 3-1. Harry New­man fired Wood into an early lead be­fore Me­shach Wil­liams dou­bled the host’s ad­van­tage on 32 min­utes.

Taz An­drews pulled a goal back but Wil­liams bagged his sec­ond to seal it. Else­where, Bed­ford

Town’s Je­male McKen­zieLowe scored four min­utes from time to se­cure a 2-1 vic­tory over Egham Town. Mar­low cruised to a 3-0 vic­tory over Money­fields.

And Ayles­bury United se­cured a cru­cial three points thanks to a Jack Wood brace in a com­fort­able 2-0 vic­tory away to

PRES­SURE: Steve Heath

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