08 Aug 2018 by Admin

National League North - matchday two roundup

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We have only had two rounds of matches and already this is shaping up to be an exciting season in the Vanarama National League North.

In the Monday night game, Chester asserted their credentials with a comfortable 3-0 win at Curzon Ashton, in front on nearly 1000 fans.  Last night saw some exciting matches, our great result at the Merseyrail Community Stadium being one of them.  Elsewhere Ashton United dug deep to overturn a 3-1 half time deficit to overcome FC United 4-3, with an 85th minute winner and our next opponents Spennymoor United struck an 89th minute equaliser to draw 2-2 at home to near neighbours Darlington in front of 1768 spectators.  In the big match of the night York City overcame Stockport County 1-0 at Bootham Crescent – 3218 watched that game.  

Elsewhere both Chorley and Bradford (Park Avenue) made it two wins from two, winning at Guiseley and Blyth Spartans respectively.  Our opponents from Saturday, Leamington, had a good result in beating Boston United 2-0, with Brackley being the other winners on the night.  In the remaining games Kidderminster and AFC Telford and Nuneaton and Hereford shared goalless draws.

Curzon Ashton 0-3 Chester

Blyth Spartans 1-2 Bradford Park Avenue

Brackley Town 3-1 Alfreton Town

FC United of Manchester 3-4 Ashton United

Guiseley 0-2 Chorley

Kidderminster Harriers 0-0 AFC Telford United

Leamington 2-0 Boston United

Nuneaton Borough 0-0 Hereford

Southport 1-3 Altrincham

Spennymoor Town 2-2 Darlington

York City 3-4 Stockport County

Obviously after only two games, it is far too early to deduce how the season will go, but we have two teams on maximum points – Bradford (Park Avenue) and Chorley and four pointless teams – Southport, Guiseley, Blyth Spartans and FC United of Manchester.  Other than ourselves five teams have started with a win and a draw for four points – Chester, Hereford, Ashton United, Leamington and Telford United.

This league seems to be far better supported than even two years ago, with the overall league average at just under 1500 with every club having played one home game now (excludes Guiseley v Chorley for which the attendance is not yet known).  Our gate of 1047 would have been the 6th highest all season in the Evo-stik last year.  It is currently 13th out of only 23 games in the Vanarama North.

A quick early season goalscorers chart looks as follows:

Hulme

Altrincham

3

Beesley

Bradford (PA)

2

Blakeman

Chorley

2

Murombedzi

Brackely

2

Warburton

Stockport

2

Willoughby

FC United

2

This is a nostalgic throwback to the first season of the Northern Premier League (1968-9) where the programme would proudly show Swindells atop the league scorers, being chased by the Conde’s, Froggatt’s and Fidlers of this world.

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