Bell’s brace helps Hat­ters move within a whisker of the play-offs

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By NON-LEAGUE By CON­NOR WHIT­LEY

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.

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