18 Nov 2020 by John Edwards

Dan Connor's Vanarama National League round-up

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Dan Connor brings you all the latest news from the Vanarama National League in his usual weekly round-up.

It has been a quiet week across the Vanarama National League, with very little transfer activity taking place. The league has, however, seen its first managerial sacking, just six weeks into the new season.

Starting with transfer news, Aldershot Town have announced the signing of Wycombe Wanderers defender Giles Phillips on a loan deal until January.

The 23-year-old began his career at FC Barrington USA in June 2017, before becoming the first Carthage College player to sign a professional contract when he put pen to paper at Championship side Queens Park Rangers in February 2019.

Phillips spent last season on loan at Wycombe Wanderers, before joining permanently in August this year on a one-year deal. 

Notts County’s Cal Roberts has signed a new contract which will keep him at Meadow Lane until the end of the 2022-23 season.

The winger has become a hugely popular figure since arriving from Blyth Spartans in January, and manager Neal Ardley expressed his delight at the development, saying: “This gives Cal the knowledge that he’s committed here and that he can focus on helping this club get into the leagues above.”  

Halifax Town have signed midfielder Neil Danns on a short-term contract. The 37-year-old has a wealth of Football League experience under his belt, playing for the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers, as well as earning 17 international caps for Guyana. 

And Barnet have announced the signing of midfielder Anthony Wordsworth on a contract that sees him remain at the club until the end of the season. The 31-year-old is yet another player who arrives in the National League with vast experience at League One and Championship level, where he has made over 380 senior appearances, scoring 67 goals.

Wordsworth has most recently played for AFC Wimbledon where he amassed 56 appearances during his two-year spell with The Dons. 

Striker Alfie Pavey has temporarily left Barnet to joined National League South side Dartford on a short-term loan until January. Pavey will be familiar amongst the Dartford faithful, having previously played for the Darts back in the 2017-18 season, where he made 38 appearances. 

Elsewhere in the league, Chesterfield have announced that manager John Pemberton has left the club by mutual consent. His departure comes following their 3-2 defeat to Altrincham, their sixth loss this season.

Speaking on the club's website, chairman Mike Goodwin said: “I had a meeting with John this morning and it was agreed that a change of manager would be in the best interests of the club.

"John came in and did an impressive job during two spells as caretaker manager, prompting us to hand him the role on a permanent basis. Unfortunately, results have not gone as we all expected this season, leading to a change of manager being required.” 

Despite the lack of action off the pitch, the same can’t be said for on it, as National League sides battled it out once again on Tuesday evening. 

A last-minute equaliser from Jamie Allen rescued a point for Halifax as they drew 1-1 with Notts County. Elisha Sam netted the opener for the away side after just six minutes, but the Magpies were unable to hold on to their lead. 

Former Altrincham man Elliott Durrell was on the scoresheet for Wrexham in a 1-0 win at Hartlepool. 

Sutton rose to second place in the league after their 1-1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge. Omar Bugiel opened up the scoring for Sutton after 14 minutes before Paul McCallum equalised in the 66th minute.

The prospects for a late Sutton winner were enhanced by the sending off of Dagenham & Redbridge’s Kenny Clark in the 71st minute, but the home side were unable to capitalise. 

King’s Lynn Town grabbed their third win of the season, beating Barnet 2-0. A Jamar Loza brace was enough to see them take home all three points. 

The points were shared between Bromley and Boreham Wood, as the two sides drew one a piece. Sorba Thomas netted for Boreham Wood after just five minutes, before Michael Cheek equalised on the stroke of half-time. 

It was goals galore at the Crabble Stadium on Tuesday evening between Dover and Woking, as the away side ran out 5-1 victors. Dover started well, scoring after just three minutes, but it soon went downhill.

Josh Davidson notched a goal back for Woking after 16 minutes, before a Kane Ferdinand brace made it 3-1 at half-time. Oscar Gobern’s red card made life even worse for Dover, who proceeded to concede two more, as Max Kretzschmar grabbed a brace of his own. 

Despite a red card for Michael Green, albeit in the 90th minute, Eastleigh beat Wealdstone 2-0, their fourth win this season, thanks to goals from Cavanagh Miley and Sam Smart. 

In what was the only game that saw no goals scored, Aldershot drew 0-0 against Maidenhead at home. The game did, however, see a red card, the fourth to be shown on Tuesday night, as Aldershot’s Mike Fondop-Talum took an early bath inside the 74th minute. 

Last but not least, in the game that sealed Chesterfield boss John Pemberton's fate, Altrincham registered their first home win of the season in dramatic style, an 89th-minute strike from Josh Hancock sealing a 3-2 win.

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