06 Nov 2019 by Dan Connor

All the midweek action and news from the Vanarama National League North

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There were three midweek fixtures this week, all of which took place on Tuesday evening.

Gateshead delivered a 3-0 thrashing to a struggling Curzon Ashton side, whilst Brackley’s battle against Spennymoor ended in a 0-0 draw. Over in Kidderminster, a six-goal thriller ended in victory for King's Lynn Town, as the travelling side ran out 4-2 winners.

It took Gateshead just two minutes to open up the scoring against Curzon Ashton, after JJ O’Donnell headed the ball past Cameron Mason following a Greg Olley corner. Half-an-hour later, O’Donnell thought he had doubled the lead after converting at the near post, but his effort was ruled out for offside by the assistant referee.

It wasn’t long before Gateshead did have their second of the game, however, following a tap-in from Dom Tear. The game was eventually put to bed in the 86th minute after a wonder strike from Connor Oliver, whose shot from 25 yards rifled into the bottom corner.

Nothing could separate the two sides at St James’ Park in a goalless draw that Brackley will have felt they should have won. The home side were gifted a penalty in the first half after Matt Lowe was brought down from behind by Jacob Hibbs, but James Armson failed to keep his spot-kick down, as it sailed over the crossbar.

A minute later, Lee Ndlovu came agonisingly close to putting Brackley ahead, but his effort hammered off the outside of the post and out for a goal-kick. Ndlovu was back in the thick of it during second half, this time firing just wide of the target in what was the only real chance of the half.

Kidderminster drew first blood in their game against King's Lynn, following a brilliant Ashley Hemmings volley into the top corner, but it took just four minutes for the away side to find a reply, with Chris Henderson converting a close-range effort.

Richard Peniket put the Harriers back in front, after his shot from outside the area came off the inside of the post and into the back of the net, but another simple tap-in, this time by Rory McAuley, made it 2-2 at half time.

Just five minutes into the second half, King's Lynn went ahead for the first time in the game, following an Adam Marriott strike, before going 4-2 up in the 66th minute, after a poorly-defended set piece allowed Ryan Jarvis to convert a close-range effort.

In terms of transfer activity across the league, there has only been one signing and one departure.

The only acquisition was by Bradford (Park Avenue), who signed midfielder Jonathan Royle on loan from AFC Telford United. The 25-year old joined on an initial deal until 1st January, strengthening manager Mark Bower’s midfield options.

Darlington’s on-loan striker Tyrone O’Neill has returned to his parent club Middlesbrough after manager Jonathan Woodgate activated a recall clause in the loan agreement, naming him in the Boro squad for their Championship away game at QPR on Saturday.

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