National League Review: Gameweek 10

Unbeaten runs have been halted and long waits for wins were scrapped as the National League churned out some intriguing results on Saturday afternoon.

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Chorley picked up their first win of the season against Stockport County. Chris Holroyd hit a first-half brace before a late goal from Elliot Newby lifted the Magpies off the foot of the table.

So does this give Shots fans some hope for next Saturday? This is what football does and is why we love it; you are never sure what lies around the corner.

Harrogate Town were in front twice through Jon Stead at Plainmoor before the frontman was dismissed. That gave Torquay United the impetus to push forward and that’s just what they did. Kalvin Lumbombo Kalala struck the leveller before Jamie Reid’s late double secured a fourth win of the season for the Gulls.

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This one was a bit of a sickener as since Torquay and despite them beating us easily, I’d looked forward them having their wings clipped and us climbing above them in the table today.

Boreham Wood waited nine months for a home win and ended their barren spell in style against Dover. Kabongo Tshimanga had they 2-1 up at the break before Tyrone Marsh put the result beyond doubt just after the hour mark.

Whatever the miscalculations on our gate, officially 1663 but 500 fewer if you believe BBC Sport, anyone see Boreham’s pathetic effort? Fewer than 500 again there.

Bromley had Michael Cheek to thank for their win over Chesterfield. The Spireites levelled things up in the 72nd minute through Liam Mandeville but found themselves behind less than a minute later.

Even more galling that Bromley got over 2000 though once they are in decline again that will drop considerably. Hard to believe Chesterfield are as poor as they are and rock-bottom. I’d like to swap Barnet away with our fixture against Chesterfield please!

Yeovil halted Halifax‘s winning streak with a touch of Gold. That’s Gold Omotayo, who netted in each half for the Glovers.

Yeovil are on the turn aren’t they and down The Rec soon for another Tuesday night-er.

Dagenham & Redbridge stretched their unbeaten run to six games with a hard-fought win at Maidenhead.

At last, Maidenhead get beaten. Sour grapes of course but I hope they slide downwards now as quickly as Fylde!

Elsewhere, Harry Beautyman’s opener was cancelled out for Sutton as Notts County took a point on the road at Gander Green Lane.

Ebbsfleet and Eastleigh also shared the spoils – Tyrone Barnett cancelling out Alex Reid’s first-half opener for the Fleet.

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Looking at this now and sharing the reservations of others that we look like being cut adrift, we should remember what I said above about never knowing what’s around the corner. I didn’t see the elbow used by Mullings but would sub him at Stockport and use Fletcher from the off alongside Whittingham if needs be although the better scenario would be if Jacob B-A was fit and ready again.

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