Vanarama National League North round-up: Saints boost promotion push as Heed lose in Northants
Brackley fans had to watch their last game against Gateshead outside the ground due to restrictions, but they were able to see their side beat the Heed today. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Jimmy Armson's penalty ten minutes from time handed Brackley Town a vital win in their push for promotion, getting the Saints level on points with the Heed who occupy top spot. 

A close fought match was decided in the 80th minute, with Armson finishing his penalty emphatically - smashing the ball into the roof of the net to send the home fans crazy. Macca Langstaff did have the chance to get Gateshead back into the game but his effort two minutes from time hit the post. 

The Northamptonshire side now sit level on points with Gateshead at the top of the league, but crucially have a game in hand over their promotion rivals. 

AFC Fylde pulled further away from Kidderminster Harriers with a victory over Farsley Celtic at Mill Farm.

Lewis Butroid opened the scoring for the hosts before Frank Mulhern put the Celt Army on level terms in added time at the end of the first period. Any hope the visitors had of pulling off a shock result in drawing on the Fylde coast was ended in the second 45, Nick Haughton scoring twice to send the Coasters coasting.

It seems to be an all Leeds battle to avoid relegation, and Farsley have played one more game than Guiseley who sit a place and two points below them. The win has distanced Fylde from Kidderminster and they will hope of holding their play-off semi final spot.

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A draw in Yorkshire has forced Kidderminster Harriers to fall further behind AFC Fylde in the chase for the second play-off semi final spot. 

No goals at the Horsfall meant that Harriers couldn't make ground on AFC Fylde whilst at the same time pulled Bradford (Park Avenue) eleven points clear of the relegation space.

  • Leamington 0-1 Darlington

In a game without many big moments, Junior Mondal netted in the second half for Darlington to send them back from Warwickshire with three points against injury hit Leamington.

Mondal's goal on the 55th minute was enough in a game of tight margins, Leamington's big chance coming later on in the second period as Dan Meredith struck an effort from 30 yards onto the crossbar.

Leamington are going to have to play damage limitation with players out between now and the end of the season, with a packed schedule including a final at Villa Park and players out injured with the registration deadline passed. The win puts Darlo level on points with the play-offs.

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  • AFC Telford United 2-1 Gloucester City

Now unbeaten in five, AFC Telford United continued their good run to help pull them clear of relegation with a 2-1 win over Gloucester City at New Bucks Head.

New signing from Curzon Ashton Harry Flowers nodded the hosts into the lead with the only goal of the first half. Tom Harrison equalised for the Tigers but Mansfield Town loan man Ryan Burke secured a win late on for the Bucks firing a low shot into the bottom corner.

Telford are doing all the right things and are now six points ahead of Guiseley, but crucially the Yorkshire side have three games in hand over Telford. Gloucester will feel they are heading to safety, nine points ahead of the basement side.

  • Curzon Ashton 0-3 Spennymoor Town

It's now four straight defeats for Curzon Ashton, conceding fourteen in those games, as Spennymoor Town put three past the Nash at the Tameside Stadium.

A brace from Glen Taylor added to a debut goal for Ethan Brierley eased the Moors past their opponents to collect three points in Greater Manchester.

Both sides sit comfortably mid-table and bar a late play-off push will be facing each other in next season's National League North.

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  • Boston United 1-1 Blyth Spartans

It was a case of more dropped points for Boston United as they failed to get back in the play-off places with a draw at home to Blyth Spartans, and it could've been worse if it wasn't for a last minute equaliser. 

Spartans looked to be heading for all three points with Lewis McNall's first half goal but Scott Duxbury had other ideas. It took 91 minutes for the hosts to equalise with Duxbury rising highest from a corner to break Blyth hearts. 

The Pilgrims are a point off the play-offs but Spartans are still in danger of the drop, sitting five points above Guiseley who have two games in hand over the Northumbrian side. 

  • Chorley 2-0 Guiseley

They need to be winning games, but Guiseley failed to score as they fell to defeat at Victory Park at the hands of Chorley

Goals either side of half time, one from Adam Blakeman and the other coming from Willem Tomlinson cemented the Magpies place in the play-off positions. The Lions need goals and need wins in their battle against relegation, but they still sit bottom of the league.

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  • Hereford 1-2 Alfreton Town

A late rally from Hereford was not enough as Alfreton Town's two first half goals meant they took all three points home from Edgar Street

Alfreton are looking safe in mid table and goals from Bailey Thompson and Yusifu Ceesay put enough distance between the Reds and play-off chasing Bulls despite Ryan Lloyd's late goal. Hereford will still have one eye on reaching the play-offs currently only sitting two points outside.

  • Southport 0-1 Kettering Town

A solitary Decarrey Sheriff penalty gave Kettering Town their first away win in five against Southport at Haig Avenue

Despite the loss, Southport still hold on to their play-off spot but are now level on points with Darlington in eighth. The Poppies sit comfortably mid table and might want to target a late play-off push only being three points off.  

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