PLAY-OFF CHARGE IS STILL ON

The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL NORTH & SOUTH - By Dora All­day

STAM­FORD con­tin­ued their push for the play-offs with a nar­row 1-0 vic­tory at New­cas­tle.

Cal­lum Ball missed an easy chance for the vis­i­tors be­fore Aaron Bott hit the bar and then the post for Cas­tle.

Raa­jan Gill saved well for Cas­tle, who suf­fered a blow at half time when Will Bai­ley went off in­jured.

The vis­i­tors had much the bet­ter of the sec­ond half as Town bat­tled to re­pel the phys­i­cal at­tacks from Stam­ford un­til 12 min­utes from the end when Ol­lie Brown-Hill was on hand to slot home what proved to be the de­ci­sive mo­ment of the game.

The win leaves Stam­ford in fourth place and New­cas­tle loung­ing in 18th.

League lead­ers Bas­ford suf­fered a sur­prise 1-0 loss away at Gres­ley, who lie in 20th place.

The vis­i­tors were re­duced to ten men a minute be­fore the half-time whis­tle as de­fender Kieran Fen­ton re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low card.

They man­aged to hold on un­til Daniel Quinn gave Gres­ley the lead on 85 min­utes with a closerange shot.

At the other end of the ta­ble, the clash be­tween bot­tom-placed Sh­effield and Ro­mu­lus ended evenly with a 2-2 draw

The only ac­tion of note in the first half was a straight red card for Sh­effield de­fender Ju­lian Lawrence.

This proved costly as Ro­mu­lus opened the scor­ing four min­utes af­ter the break, with Zak Lilly find­ing the net.

The vis­i­tors re­tained their lead un­til Sh­effield equalised on 72 min­utes, with mid­fielder An­drew Gas­coigne mak­ing a great run and tak­ing a shot, which was charged down by the Ro­mu­lus de­fence.

James Gre­gory picked up the re­bound and lashed it home off the far post to give Sh­effield a life­line.

Malachi Farquharson

re­sponded ten min­utes later, but Ro­mu­lus could not hold on to their lead as Adam Chap­man made the most of some late pres­sure and stabbed home to share the spoils, leav­ing Sh­effield in last place on 26 points, with Ro­mu­lus just one point ahead.

The same 2-2 re­sult was seen as Kids­grove Ath­letic hosted Lin­coln United, the home side wast­ing a two-goal lead to share the points.

Ru­mi­neo Valido Barai opened the scor­ing on 14 min­utes, slot­ting into the bot­tom cor­ner, with Lee Crop­per adding a sec­ond two min­utes later as he tapped in from close range

Paul Grimes re­duced the deficit on the hour mark, and de­spite Lin­coln be­ing re­duced to ten men on 63 min­utes as Char­lie Ward got a sec­ond yel­low, Grimes bagged a sec­ond three min­utes from time to re­store par­ity.

Spald­ing United and Mar­ket Dray­ton

Town also shared the points in a goal­less draw, which sees Spald­ing re­main in 15th place on 32 points, and Dray­ton four points and four places be­low them. A mid-ta­ble clash saw

Carl­ton shock Belper with a 4-1 home win, lift­ing them to 14th place and just four points adrift of Belper.

Mamoke Akaunu opened the scor­ing for the home side af­ter 13 min­utes, but Jack Hal­la­han’s David Beck­ham-es­que free-kick can­celled out.

Ben Hutchin­son put Carl­ton back in the lead five min­utes into the sec­ond half.

A red card shown to Carl­ton full-back Darol Lu­cas did not stop Jor­dan Wil­son from mak­ing it three on 87 min­utes, be­fore Akaunu scored his sec­ond one minute from time.

It proved to be a fair re­sult on re­flec­tion.

WIN­NER: Ol­lie Brown-Hill

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