Vanarama National League North round-up: York and Alfreton regain momentum in the playoff race
A view of the entrance gate to Chester City Football Club with a flag of St George showing allegiance to England on January 18, 2022 in Chester, United Kingdom. Chester’s Deva Stadium straddles the border of England and Wales. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)

York City claimed their second win in eight, coincidentally their game in hand, which took The Minstermen up to 6th place, heading into the final three games. Chester, on the other hand, remain 17th.

It took until the 69th minute for the deadlock to be broken in Wales, and the visitors had it. Skillful winger Maziar Kouhyar beat his man and pulled it back for Lenell John-Lewis, who calmly side-footed it into the back of the net, for his second goal in red and blue.

Back into the playoff spots, York will now hope to creep upon Chorley, who are four points ahead of them, and grab another three points at Farsley Celtic on Saturday.

Alfreton Town also continued in their very late playoff charge, picking up a third straight win, and leapfrogging both Kettering Town and Spennymoor Town to move just one point adrift of the top seven.

The Reds continued their convincing form after just 15 minutes, when promising youngster Bailey Hobson was hacked down inside the area, resulting in a penalty for the hosts. With no doubt, Matt Rhead buried his spot-kick, the fifth consecutive Alfreton game involving a penalty.

Hobson was at the centre of the action yet again, as he laid it off to highly-rated Lewis Salmon, who fired it into the bottom corner, for his first club goal.

With less than five minutes until the break, the second penalty of the game was awarded - this time to Curzon. The Nash's Tom Peers was brought down and he dispatched his penalty well from 12 yards, to reduce the score to 2-1.

However, Alfreton responded in the right manner, Dom Smith heading into an empty net to regain the hosts' two goal cushion.

Dale Whitham did manage to pull a goal back for Curzon yet again, with a back heel 22 minutes from time, before the experienced Rhead scored his second penalty of the game to put Alfreton 4-2 up ten minutes later.

Alfreton will now look ahead to their home game against Chester on Saturday, and a win could potentially take them into the playoffs, depending on other results.