By Matt Badcock
MACCLESFIELD TOWN top the National League for the first time this season after Elliot Durrell hit a later winner at Guiseley – on a night that saw Solihull Moors boss Liam McDonald lose his job.
Former Hednesford and Chester playmaker Durrell fired John Askey’s side to a 2-1 win to jump into first place.
It was the Silkmen’s third victory in a row and Askey says the table makes for nice reading.
“We’re not getting carried away but it’s a nice place to be,” he told www.mtfc.co.uk. “Obviously we’re not going to speak to soon but topping the table breeds confidence.
“We hope this is a start of a good run. The players should be going out now and really expect to be winning games every week.”
Sutton United looked set to return to the summit only for a late Dover Athletic leveller.
Dover started the evening in pole position and Giancarlo Gallifuoco gave them a first-half lead.
Tommy Wright equalised on 70 minutes before Kieron Cadogan put Sutton ahead just ten minutes later.
But with the final whistle about to blow, Manny Parry struck to secure a point for the Whites.
Woking are up to third in the table after a fourth win in five games – goals from Kane Ferdinand and Jamie Philpot taking them to a 2-0 win at Chester.
Sam Ling scored an 86th-minute equaliser for Dagenham & Redbridge at Aldershot Town. Adam McDonnell had put the Shots ahead, but they couldn’t hold on with then men following Jake Gallagher’s red card on the hour.
Maidstone United slipped out of the top seven after a 2-0 home defeat to Bromley. The Stones fell behind to an apparent own goal before Louis Dennis poked in to make the game safe in stoppage time.
Torquay United got their first win of the season with a 4-0 hammering of Maidenhead United, who got caught in heavy traffic making their way to the south-west.
They still sit bottom but are now just a point behind Solihull Moors, who lost 3-1 to Ebbsfleet United. Boss McDonald was out of a job by the morning, as Fleet made it three wins in a row.
It means that all bottom five teams have had a managerial change this season.
Gateshead have too after Neil Aspin left to take up the Port Vale vacancy. Assistant Lee Nogan took charge of their 0-0 draw at AFC Fylde, while there was also a scoreless draw between Wrexham and FC Halifax.
Hartlepool got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Barrow. Michael Woods headed a stoppage-time winner as Craig Harrison’s men moved up to 14th in the table.
And Boreham Wood are in the top ten thanks to Bruno Andrade’s strike on 77 minutes that saw off Eastleigh 1-0.