National League North and South Round-Up

Second-placed Harrogate lost ground on leaders Salford after suffering a shock 3-0 defeat away to mid table Boston United. Goals from Jake Beesley, Reece Thompson and Kabongo Tishimanga moved Boston up to 10th position and left Harrogate’s title hopes hanging by a thread.
League leaders Salford profited on this result to move six points clear at the summit of the table after scraping a narrow 1-0 win on the road against Southport. The only goal of the game came midway through the second half when Tom Walker met Richie Allen’s cross to volley home a superb winner. Salford’s victory moves them six points clear of Harrogate and to within touching distance of the league title.
Third-placed Brackley suffered a surprise defeat at home to Bradford PA. Ryan Toulson scored 10 minutes from time to secure Bradford a crucial win, which placed them just two points outside of the play-off positions.
Meanwhile the two battles between sides within the play-off positions ended in 1-1 draws as both Spennymoor Town and Kidderminster Harriers and Chorley and Stockport County shared the points.
At the other end of the table Gainsborough Trinity gave their survival hopes a massive boost after securing an important win at bottom of the table North Ferriby United. The result leaves Trinity just two points away from safety.
Table toppers Dartford extended their lead at the summit of the table to three points as Danny Mills headed home  with just 12 minutes left on the clock.
The race to finish in the top three also heated up as Chelmsford City, Hampton & Richmond Borough and St Albans all secured three points. The Clarets comfortably beat Wealdstone 3-0 on Monday, while Hampton prevailed in a narrow 1-0 win at Poole Town and St Albans thrashed  Gloucester 4-1 in an emphatic away victory. Meanwhile fifth place Truro withheld late Hungerford pressure to secure a 2-1 win.
There were dramatic scenes at Cressing Road as Reece Grant struck a 94th minute winner to keep Braintree in touching distance of the play-off positions. Last night’s victory leaves The Iron just two points behind seventh-placed Hemel Hampstead.
At the other end of the table Concord Ranger extended the gap between themselves and the drop zone to eight points after a crucial 2-1 win over bottom of the league Bognor Regis Town.

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