Bell’s brace helps Hatters move within a whisker of the play-offs
STOCKPORT County manager Jim Gannon said his side have ‘found their identity’ after their 4-2 victory over Chorley in the National League at Edgeley Park.
The Hatters went 1-0 down after seven minutes before a brace from Nyal Bell and goals from Festus Arthur and Tom Walker secured the three points.
County now sit in eighth and are only outside the play-off positions on goal difference.
A Tunde Owolabi hat-trick helped FC United record a 5-2 home victory over Matlock Town in the Northern Premier.
The rebels overcame a 2-1 deficit to be leading 3-2 at halftime thanks to goals from Chris Doyle, Owolabi and Regan Linney.
Owolabi then completed his hat-trick after the interval and his efforts mean Neil Redfearn’s side remain within touching distance of the play-offs.
Altrincham suffered an FA Cup hangover in their return to National League North action, succumbing to a 2-0 away defeat to Bradford Park Avenue.
It was only the Yorkshire side’s third win of the season and they remain bottom with the least amount of goals scored and most conceded.
Two first-half goals meant Curzon Ashton beat Hereford 2-0 at Tameside in National League North.
A penalty from Sean Miller in the third minute and a Charlie Jolley strike in the 27th minute means it now five games unbeaten for the Nash.
Michael Clegg lost his first game in charge of Ashton United as they fell to a 3-2 away defeat to Basford United in the Northern Premier with all the goals coming in a frantic second half.