Despite the postponement of Southend vs Barnet at Roots Hall, which became the fourth casualty to Covid-19, the rest of the National League battled it out in what was an entertaining day of football on Tuesday.
Here's a round-up of what happened in the games that took place...
Chesterfield 1-1 Halifax Town
It was a clash of the titans at the Technique Stadium as top of the table Chesterfield hosted second-place Halifax. Both sides went into the game in excellent form with Chesterfield unbeaten in 12, while Halifax had only lost once in five. It was the visitors, though, who took the lead first as Mathew Warbuton drilled a low effort past Scott Loach in the 18th minute. Played in front of a bumper crowd of 8,106, the Spireites were determined not to disappoint and with five minutes left, 21-year-old Jack Clarke levelled things up to keep Chesterfield ahead of their promotion rivals on goal difference.
Maidenhead 1-0 Bromley
Southend fans and staff would have been keeping a close eye on what was going on at York Road on Tuesday afternoon as Maidenhead United hosted Sunday’s opponents Bromley. Alan Devonshire’s side knew that a positive result would send them one place above Blues, due to the postponement of Tuesday’s game with Barnet. The home side were without a game since 18th December whilst Bromley were in action just two days before, as they drew 1-1 with Kevin Maher’s side. Perhaps fitness was the deciding factor as Nathan Blisset’s 68th-minute goal sent Maidenhead above Blues in the table, level on games played. For Bromley, it meant they dropped a place to fifth, three points from ninth but also two points off the summit.
Woking 3-2 Dover
It was a five-goal thriller in Surrey as Woking hosted bottom of the league Dover Athletic. Six minutes in Max Kretzschmar got his seventh goal of the campaign through a penalty. All was not lost for Dover though as Jake Goodman levelled things up in the 11th minute. Any Dover fans hoping for a Christmas miracle, and first win of the season, were brought straight back down to earth when Inih Effiong’s brace made it 3-1 to the Cardinals. Ryan Hanson did score a second for Dover in the 87th minute, but the visitors couldn’t find an equaliser, as they remain bottom of the National League, on -8 points. For the home side, it ended a run of five games without victory.
Eastleigh 2-1 Torquay
Former Blues man Tyrone Barnett was the hero for Eastleigh as they leapfrogged Torquay in the table. The visitors took the lead in the 32nd minute through captain Armani Little, as he completed a nice piece of play from teammates Martin and Lolos. Behind at the break, Eastleigh, buoyed by a 10-day break and 5-0 thumping of Enfield Town recently, responded and equalised through Tom Whelan, after he was brought down in the box in the 53rd minute. The Spitfires took the lead 15 minutes later when Barnett’s header was spilt by Shaun MacDonald leaving Torquay with their first defeat in the league since November 27th.
Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 Aldershot
It was Dagenham who ended Aldershot’s terrific run of form which had pulled them away from the relegation dogfight. Mark Molesley’s side, who went into the game 17th, had won five of their last seven games, drawing the other two whilst Dagenham, who sat ninth, had won three of their last four going into the match. It was Colombian Angelo Balanta who scored the only goal of the game in the 39th minute as the Daggers moved into eight, one point behind the final play-off spot.
Altrincham 0-2 Wrexham
It was the Phil Parkinson Derby in Manchester as Parkinson’s Altrincham lost 2-0 to Parkinson’s Wrexham. Confusing, right? Ultimately though, it was the latter who ended the day the happier man as Wrexham rose to third in the table, one point behind Chesterfield at the top of the table. First-half goals from Aaron Hayden and Bryce Hosannah kept the dream alive for The Red Dragons’ fans hoping to see their team in the EFL for the first time since 2008. It is now eight games without a win for Altrincham, who have lost their last four consecutive games in all competitions.
Solihull Moors 0-1 Stockport
It was another top half of the table clash in Birmingham as Solihull Moors entertained Stockport County at Damson Park. The Hatters ended the day better off as Paddy Madden’s 73rd-minute strike sent Stockport above Solihull in the table, as they rose to sixth, one place above Moors. It was the first time Neal Ardley’s men had tasted defeat since November 20th, whilst Stockport continued their fine form having lost just twice in 12 games.