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|NATIONWIDE CONFERENCE ROUND-UP
Chester City survived a scare but eventually moved eight points clear at the top of the Nationwide Conference table after seeing off a plucky Farnborough Town side at the Deva Stadium on Saturday.
Chester had a great start when Darryn Stamp netted from Daryl Clare's cross in the very first minute. Clare doubled the lead himself in the 27th minute, but Boro defender Nick Burton pulled a goal back 7 minutes after the interval.
To the surprise of most in the 2,665 crowd, Richard Hodgson pulled struggling Farnborough level on 68 minutes, only for Clare (pictured) to snatch the winner for City just 2 minutes from time.
Burton Albion, with three debutants – Sam Shilton, Andy White and Alex Baptiste - in their line-up, shocked second-placed Hereford United at Edgar Street.
However, it was the home side who scored first after 15 minutes when skipper Tony James converted from the penalty spot after Baptiste had brought top scorer Steve Guinan down in the box.
One of the two late loan signings from Mansfield, Andy White, pulled the Brewers level on 27 minutes and Robbie Talbot's 56th minute effort completed a double for Nigel Clough’s side against the Bulls this season.
Another loan signing dented Exeter City's play-off hopes at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Former Wycombe hero Roy Essandoh, on-loan from Ryman Premier side Bishop’s Stortford, netted the only goal of the game for Gravesend & Northfleet in the very first minute of the second half to earn the Kent side all three points.
It was all action in the relegation six-pointer at The Lamb where Tamworth eventually came out on top of a seven-goal thriller against Leigh RMI, who finished the game with nine men.
But it was the visitors who struck first after 18 minutes, with David McNiven netting his 19th goal of the season.
New loanee Jamie Brooks pulled Tamworth level 8 minutes later on his debut, but Carl Barrowclough restored Leigh's lead 3 minutes before the break.
Leigh then lost Carl Rezai 10 minutes into the second half when he received a straight red card for foul and abusive language.
Another recent Lambs’ signing, Tony Scully, equalised just past the hour-mark, before Andy Roscoe restored Leigh’s lead 6 minutes later.
Mark Cooper's successful penalty made it 3-3 on 76 minutes and then the Railwaymen had Wayne Maden dismissed 6 minutes later for his second bookable offence. Veteran former Doncaster Rovers striker Paul Barnes lifted the Lambs out of the bottom three as he gave his side a 4-3 win 4 minutes from time.
Dagenham & Redbridge scored twice in stoppage time to win at Accrington Stanley, who had defender Robbie Williams sent-off.
The Daggers had gone ahead when Chris Moore fed Chris Piper, who scored with a left-foot shot on 13 minutes.
Accrington's Lutel James then made up for missing a penalty by crossing for Rory Prendergast to equalise just before the interval and James himself made it 2-1 on 53 minutes.
But after Williams saw red 10 minutes from time, Moore drilled home an equaliser before Kirk Jackson won it in the 92nd minute.
Morecambe boosted their play-off push with a comfortable win over bottom-markers Northwich Victoria at Christie Park.
The Shrimps went in at the break three-goals up, Danny Carlton's strike beating goalkeeper Andy Woods to open the floodgates just before the half-hour mark.
Woods then brilliantly tipped Gary Thompson's long-range shot round the post, but his heroics were in vain as Thompson soon after when he added the second goal on 37 minutes.
Chris Blackburn then fouled Thompson in the area and Carlton netted his second of the game from the spot 3 minutes before the break.
Forest Green Rovers boosted their fight against relegation with a well-earned victory over FA Cup heroes Scarborough at The Lawn.
Scarborough paid the penalty for having Mark Quayle’s spot-kick saved by Steve Perrin in the 2nd minute. Scott Rogers opened the scoring on 15 minutes and Neil Grayson connected with Damon Searle's cross to head past visiting ‘keeper Leigh Walker 6 minutes before the break.
Grayson then added a second with another header on 51 minutes, while Rogers sealed the match to condemn Boro to their second league defeat in eight matches just 2 minutes later.
A goal from Tony Naylor gave Telford United victory against fellow play-off chasing Stevenage Borough at Broadhall Way.
The visitors netted the winner after 56 minutes with a fine strike. Christian Moore found Naylor and he curled the ball beyond home ‘keeper Lionel Perez.
Stevenage offered little in attack and Telford were content to soak up any pressure having taken the lead.
Boro sent on Anthony Elding and Jon Brady but when Elding did have a chance, his weak close range shot was comfortably saved by Chris Mackenzie.
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