Vanarama National League round-up: Magpies stun Wood, Spireites crumble and Stockport extend their lead
Above: Cal Roberts celebrates his opener against Eastleigh this Saturday. (Photo taken by NurPhoto/Jon Hobley via Getty Images)
  • Chesterfield 2-3 Solihull Moors

A hugely disappointing result for title chasing Chesterfield saw Paul Cook start his second Spireites reign with a gutting first home defeat to Solihull Moors

Chestefield suffered their first home loss of the season despite looking the better side early on, as defender Alex Whittle buried the ball past Ryan Boot.

The celebratory mood continued thanks to Akwasi Asante, who has faced a long return from injury, after the striker bundled home a parry from Boot. 

But on either side of the half-time whistle the Moors would close the deficit, first through James Clarke who nodded past the experienced Scott Loach, before former Coventry City midfielder Callum Maycock expertly converted from a low cross. 

With Chesterfield's heads dropped and Solihull Moors flying, Sheffield United loanee Harry Boyes completed the comeback as he lashed home an effort from an indirect free-kick. The Moors rise to sixth in the table, with the play-offs currently their main focus. 

Taking place not far from Chesterfield was Notts County's emphatic victory over an Eastleigh side currently in turmoil following the departures of Tom Whelan and Josh Hare.

Two goals on the brink of half time saw the Pies showing their class, as Cal Roberts sneakily beat Joe McDonnell with an inswinging cross which evaded a touch on its way in, before Kyle Wootton closed down the Eastleigh goalkeeper before calmly converting to double the lead. 

The Spitfires failed to find a way back into the game, but remain in 14th place and fairly content with continuing at this level next campaign, whilst Notts County continue to apply the pressure to Wrexham and Solihull Moors in the play-off hunt. 

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The table-toppers themselves manufactured a solid victory over a struggling Woking side, as Stockport County extended their lead at the summit of the table to six points. 

Woking find themselves winless in their last five and with a steady eye over their shoulder, but failed to complete the task of upsetting the odds thanks to a goal on the 72nd minute mark from Ashley Palmer

Former Fleetwood Town winger Ryan Rydel delivered a teasing ball from a corner, which the towering Palmer was present to nod past a stranded Craig Ross in goal. 

The Hatters will find themselves without Liam Hogan for their match with Weymouth next weekend, after the defender was dismissed for his actions during a crowded scuffle. 

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Last season's play-off finalists will be disappointed to not be more involved in the promotion picture this campaign, but braved the storm to host Barnet yesterday afternoon. 

Torquay United took the lead in just nine minutes thanks to Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, as the midfielder tapped home Aaron Lewis' cutback. 

Lemonheigh-Evans continued to be a dominant threat for the home side as he nabbed his brace, as an excellent cross from Stephen Duke-McKenna was slotted home. 

But the Bees would begin to buzz before the break, as Adam Marriott halved the deficit when finishing from close-range thanks to Reece Grego-Cox's consistent pressure. 

The comeback would be complete on the hour mark thanks to Ephron Mason-Clark, who expertly bended an effort into the far corner to earn Barnet a point down south. 

  • Wealdstone 1-2 Wrexham

The fame of Wrexham didn't stop Phil Parkinson's side from scraping a victory over a lowly Wealdstone team, as two late goals saw the Red Dragon's clinch a crucial three points in the play-off chase. 

Wealdstone took a surprise lead on the 72nd minute thanks to a composed penalty from Rhys Browne, before the Stones would lose all momentum following a red card to Jack Cook

Wrexham pounced on the man advantage and quickly found a goal through winger Jordan Davies, who produced a world-class finish after his original free-kick struck the crossbar. 

And in true Hollywood style, Wrexham snatched the three points in the sixth minute of stoppage time through Reece Hall-Johnson, as the former Grimsby Town defender rifled home Liam McAlinden's cutback before reeling away in jubilation. 

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The National League's late kick-off didn't disappoint for entertainment, as Alan Devonshire's Maidenhead United masterminded a victory over a high-flying Boreham Wood

Boreham Wood, who had beaten Bournemouth in the FA Cup a few weeks ago, failed to get going before Josh Kelly granted Maidenhead the lead with a cultured finish from the edge of the box. 

But the Magpies would confirm the three points late on through powerful forward Nathan Blissett, who volleyed home from the edge of the box to damage Boreham Wood's hopes of a late title push.

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Unfortunately due to the wrath of the weather, Yeovil Town's match with Dagenham & RedbrideKing's Lynn Town's clash with BromleyFC Halifax Town's tie with Dover Athletic and Altrincham's encounter with Weymouth were all postponed.