05 Dec 2019 by Dan Connor

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

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A total of five midweek fixtures took place this week, beginning with Curzon Ashton's home game against Kettering Town on Monday evening. The following night, Brackley Town visited Farsley Celtic, York City travelled to Hereford, Kidderminster Harriers played Gateshead and Leamington faced Darlington.

It ended goalless on a cold evening in Ashton, as both sides found clear scoring opportunities hard to come by. The best chance of the game came after 12 minutes, when Matt Taylor’s shot hit the legs of Cameron Mason, who was positioned on the Curzon goalline.

Farsley seized the initiative against Brackley 24 hours later, with Jimmy Spencer latching on to a cross and placing the ball into the back of the net to open the scoring.

Brackley came close to an equaliser just before half-time when Wes York’s shot clattered off the bar and out for a goal-kick, with the score remaining the same at the break.

The away side left it until the dying embers of the game to salvage a point but eventually did so in the 90th minute, after Lee Ndlovu fired home from inside the box.

Hereford’s game against York ended as the third draw of the week, both sides finding the back of the net twice. Alex Kempster opened the scoring for York, whipping the ball into the top corner after just nine minutes.

Peter Vincenti drew the game level 10 minutes before half time, and a penalty from Reece Styche in the 71st minute put Hereford in front for the first time in the game. But an 80th-minute equaliser from Jordan Burrow denied the home side victory and rescued a point for Steve Watson's title contenders.

Yet another draw was played out at Aggborough Stadium, with Kidderminster’s Ryan Johnson scoring for the home side and Jordan Preston for Gateshead.

Johnson opened the scoring in the 11th minute after a cross from Ashley Hemmings, but the scores were tied shortly after when Preston made the most of a Greg Olley cross.

Hemmings came close to finding a late winner in the 88th minute but his effort was blocked.

Leamington’s 3-0 victory over Darlington saw The Brakes leapfrog their opponents in the league table, rising up to 15th place.

A header from Jack Edwards in the 16th minute was the only the only goal in the first half before another header that went in off the bar from James Mace in the 57th minute saw the home side double their lead.

George Carline wrapped up the game, and all three points, for Leamington in the 77th minute following their third headed goal of the game.

In terms of transfer business, there have been two loan extensions and two signing since the weekend's fixtures.

Guiseley academy graduates Aleks Starcenko and Will Thornton have both extended their loan deals. Starcenko will stay at Hyde United until 1st February and Thornton will remain at Gainsborough Trinity until 1st January.

Curzon Ashton have announced the signings of Ethan Beckford and Lewis Doyle. Beckford, a striker, joins on a permanent deal from Penn State University, whom he left in the summer, whilst 19-year old Doyle has been brought in on an initial month’s loan from Accrington Stanley.

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