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National League North midweek round-up: Kidderminster await their first points of the season

(Photo: Mike Petch)

By Matt Badcock

NATIONAL League North new boys Spennymoor Town made it two out two with a win at FC United of Manchester.

Jason Ainsley’s side, who were promoted through the Evo-Stik NPL Premier play-offs last season were playing Step 5 Northern League football just three years ago.

But they’ve taken well to life in Non-League’s second tier with an opening day win against Stockport County followed by a thriller on Tuesday.

Moors went ahead through Kallum Griffiths on 14 minutes before Andrew Johnson doubled their lead before the half-hour.

Jason Gilchrist struck back within six minutes for FC United and they levelled through Dan Wisdom just seven minutes after the break.

But Ainsley’s Moors have always had the winning habit and Glen Taylor grabbed the winner on 62 minutes.

They don’t top the table, however. That early honour goes to Harrogate Town who followed up their 4-0 win against Nuneaton Town with a 2-0 victory at North Ferriby United.

Defender-turned-striker Simon Ainge scored his second penalty of the season and midfielder Joe Leesley made the game safe as both goals came in the second half.

Southport were sitting in pole position for 24 hours following their 2-1 win at Bradford Park Avenue on Monday night.

Brackley Town are the fourth side with a 100 per cent record still intact. Andy Brown got his second goal in two games in their 3-1 win against AFC Telford United. Bucks defender Jordan Gough put through his own net to make it 2-0 to the visitors and Lee Ndlovu added a third – Ellis Myles-Tebbutt’s own goal pulled one back for Telford.

York City got their first win since relegation from Non-League’s top flight by beating Blyth Spartans on the road.

Experienced striker Jon Parkin grabbed the opener on 15 minutes later and Sean Newton made it two just seven minutes later.

Salford City also chalked up their first three points of the new season – Michael Nottingham’s goal proving decisive although they had Josh Askew sent-off with14 minutes remaining.

Boston United beat Alfreton 3-1 and Tamworth were victorious 2-1 at Leamington, while Stockport County brushed Curzon Ashton aside 3-1.

Last season’s runners-up Kidderminster Harriers are still waiting for their first points of the season. Ashley Chambers’ scored late as Nuneaton Town won 1-0.

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