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National League midweek round-up: Daggers lost again as Sutton return to top

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By Jon Couch

KENNY DAVIS’ stoppage time winner subjected Dagenham & Redbridge to a second straight defeat and sent Sutton United back to the top of the National League table.

Both pacesetters could have returnedi to the summit with victory had other results had gone their way and it was the Daggers who showed first through Corey Whitely on 22 minutes following Matt Robinson’s through ball.

Sutton hit back on the stroke of half time when Craig Dundas netted his 100th goal for the club, profiting from good work by Kwame Thomas.

Dagenham introduced their new signing Chike Kandi in search of a winner but it was Sutton who stole the points when Davis popped up to head home Daniel Spence’s cross from close range.

Sutton hit top spot after overnight leaders Dover Athletic slipped up 1-0 at home to in-form Boreham Wood.

New loan signing from Stevenage, Blair Turgott, pounced on an error from Dover’s Connor Essam a minute before half-time to send Wood up to fourth in the table.

FC Halifax are second after ending Leyton Orient’s unbeaten home record with a mightily impressive 3-0 away success.

Adam Morgan put the Shaymen in front on five minutes before big Tom Denton doubled the lead on the half hour mark.

And victory was capped by Matty Kosylo’s 74th-minute penalty after Denton was brought down in the box.

Aldershot Town moved in the third place after ending Ebbsfleet United’s long unbeaten run.

Fleet started their new National League campaign with eight draws and a win from their opening nine matches and 31 games unbeaten in 2017.

But Gary Waddock’s Shots – without a win in four – took them to the sword with a 2-0 win thanks to goals in each half from James Rowe and Scott Rendell.

Then remaining two play-off places are now occupied by Wrexham, who battled to their second successive goal-less draw, this time at home to Hartlepool United, and Macclesfield Town, who were 2-1 winners at home to AFC Fylde.

A dramatic injury-time winner from Scott Wilson sealed the points for the Silkmen after Fylde’s Jack Muldoon had earlier cancelled out Wilson’s 14th-minute opener.

Brett Williams returned to haunt former club Torquay United by hitting a hat-trick in a 3-1 win, leaving the Gulls without a win this term.

Williams’ goals helped keep the Gulls up last term but fired a spanner in the works to their hopes of surviving this time round by putting Bromley into a 20th-minute lead.

Jon-Paul Pittman levelled for Torquay four minutes later but further goals by Williams on 58 and 88 minutes sealed victory for the Ravens.

Tranmere Rovers’ sticky start to the season continue as they crashed to Harry Pritchard’s 88th-minute winner for Maidenhead United in Rovers’ first ever visit to York Road.

Similarly, Maidstone United have in-form Zavon Hines to thank for a 1-0 victory at Eastleigh, while an 82nd-minute winner from Charlie Carter handed Woking a 2-1 victory over Solihull Moors – Jason Banton’s earlier strike for the Cards cancelled out by Moors’ Darren Carter from the penalty spot.

Barrow and Guiseley battled out a hard-fought goalless draw at Holker Street, while an injury-time own goal from Conor Mitchell heaped more misery on managerless Chester as they went down 3-2 at Gateshead.

Blues’ caretaker boss Tom Shaw will take the positives from battling back from 2-0 down, however, after Ross Hannah and teenage sub Matty Waters had replied an Andy Halls’ own goal and Richard Peniket effort either side of the break.

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