07 Apr 2021 by John Edwards

Dan Connor's Vanarama National League round-up

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Dan Connor brings you all the latest match action and news from the Vanarama National League in his usual midweek round-up.

With a prolonged four-day bank holiday Easter weekend, there was a shift in days for the usual midweek fixtures, which took place on Monday, rather than Tuesday. 

It was, of course, a trip to forget for Alty, who were defeated 2-0 by King’s Lynn Town, thanks to two late goals from Kairo Mitchell. 

Dagenham & Redbridge were the only other side to lose 2-0, as Aldershot brushed past Daryl McMahon’s men. A Mohamed Bettamer penalty in the first half and a Joel Nouble strike in the second were enough to take all three points. 

High-flyers Stockport County and Sutton United were both held by their respective opponents. It was Bromley who shared the points with County in a 0-0 draw, whilst, perhaps more surprisingly, Solihull Moors replicated that score line against Sutton. 

Despite a brace for Weymouth's Jake McCarthy, Peter Wild’s Halifax team were simply too much for the visiting side, as they ran out 3-2 winners. Jake Hyde, Tom Bradbury and Jeff King got on the scoresheet for The Shaymen. 

Eastleigh ended their three-match run without a win with a 1-0 victory over a 10-man Maidenhead. Josh Coley received a red card after 68 minutes before Ben House capitalised on the advantage, scoring three minutes before full time. 

The only other 1-0 win on Monday was between Torquay and Wrexham, which saw Torquay snatch a winner at the death to put them 10 points ahead of their opponents. It was a Sam Sherring goal in the 93rd minute which secured the win. 

Wealdstone’s 5-1 win over Barnet made it 11 games in a row without a victory for The Bees and remarkably the third time this season they have lost by that score line. 

A Dennon Lewis brace and goals from Jerome Okimo, Craig Fasanmade and Jacob Mendy were enough to cancel out Courtney Baker-Richardson’s goal for the away side. 

Hat-trick-hero Jimmy Knowles was on form for Notts County with his third goals inside 19 minutes the defining moment of the game against Woking. Despite a goal from Mark Ellis putting Notts ahead, they found themselves 2-1 down at half time following goals from Max Kretzschmar and Sam Ashford.  

But Knowles' top-class treble turned the tables and guided Notts to a second successive league win. 

And Hartlepool took a blow to their title chances, dropping points in a 2-2 draw against Boreham Wood. Tyrone Marsh opened up the scoring for Boreham Wood after just four minutes, but the lead was short-lived with Gavan Holohan bringing the game back level. 

It was the home side who went ahead once again, this time through Corey Whitely, before a Richie Bennett equaliser in the 77th minute. 

It has been a relatively quiet week across the League all things considered, with only a few transfer deals being made. 

Hartlepool announced the signing of one of their scorers against Boreham Wood, Richie Bennett. The Stockport County forward joins them for the rest of the season on a loan deal, which includes a recall clause that can be activated any time after 28 days.  

Despite Bennett’s temporary departure, two men who don’t look to be going elsewhere anytime soon for Stockport are Sam Minihan and Jordan Keane. The pair have both agreed to sign two-year contract extensions at the club in the summer, keeping them at Edgeley Park until 2023.  

Full-back Minihan originally joined in 2016 from Worcester City and has since made over 150 appearances for the club, with his new deal extending his time into a sixth and seventh season. Keane signed for County from Boston United in 2018 and made his 100th appearance for the club earlier this season in their 2-1 FA Cup win at Rochdale. 

Bromley have announced that Charlie Fox has signed first-team forms with the Ravens. The towering defender has previously played for the likes of Queens Park Rangers, Wycombe Wanderers, Basingstoke Town and Hampton & Richmond. 

Aldershot have made the signing of forward Kaylen Hinds. The 23-year-old joins the Shots after progressing through the academy of Premier League side Arsenal, having joined the Gunners from the youth system at Leyton Orient in 2012. Since then, he has represented Stevenage, VfL Wolfsburg, SpVgg Greuther Fürth II and Watford. 

Wealdstone have signed 21-year-old defender Jamie Fielding on a short-term deal from League Two side Stevenage. The defender began his career in the Isthmian League South with Hastings United, making his debut aged 18 and also spending time out on loan at Little Common before his Hastings debut.  

Elsewhere in the league, there continues to be managerial appointments and changes, as well as contract extensions. 

Halifax have agreed new contractual terms with manager Pete Wild and his assistant Chris Millington for a further two years.  

On signing his new contract, Wild said: “Chris and I are thrilled to extend our stay at the club. Since day one, we, along with all members of staff, have worked tirelessly to ensure we are competitive on and off the pitch. We have been determined to put this club back on the map and give the supporters something to be proud of. We feel we have laid the foundations of this project and are excited now to put the next layer on top.” 

And Barnet have welcomed both Simon Bassey and Dave Anderson to the club. 

Bassey, who spent 17 years with AFC Wimbledon, joins the club as first-team coach and will lead the Bees in the immediate future whilst Anderson, who has previously managed the Dons as well, joins as an assistant coach. 


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