Four wins in five puts the Hat­ters in touch of the ta­ble top­pers

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

STOCK­PORT County moved into fifth and just five points off the top of the Na­tional League with a 2-1 vic­tory at AFC Fylde.

The Hat­ters had to come from be­hind to achieve their first dou­ble of the sea­son after Ryan Croas­dale opened the scor­ing for the hosts in the sixth minute.

How­ever, sec­ond-half goals from Sam Walker and Dan Cowan en­sured Jim Gan­non’s team made it four wins from their last five league games.

Goalscorer Cowan said: “If we keep the pos­i­tiv­ity and buzz around the camp, I don’t know why we shouldn’t be look­ing up.”

Al­trin­cham made it two wins from two since after three sec­ond-half goals meant they beat high-fly­ing South­port in the Na­tional League North.

A John John­ston brace and a Josh Han­cock strike at Moss Lane means the Robins are now 14th in the ta­ble with three games in hand over sev­eral play-off hunt­ing ri­vals.

Cur­zon Ash­ton gained a much-needed three points after a 1-0 vic­tory at third-place Ch­ester.

An Andy Halls header means the Nash moved up to 18th and are now seven points above Blyth, who oc­cupy the last rel­e­ga­tion place.

A 90th-minute Tunde Owolabi goal saw FC United beat lo­cal ri­vals Ash­ton United at Hurst Cross in the North­ern Premier Di­vi­sion.

The Rebels took the lead through Re­gan Lin­ney be­fore sub­sti­tute Aaron Smith lev­elled for the hosts.

How­ever, Owolabi’s scrappy win­ner means Michael Clegg is still wait­ing for his first points as Ash­ton boss.

Stock­port County’s Sam Walker

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