Nationwide North Wrap

Droylsden now lead Nationwide North by only three points from a new second-placed side in Harrogate Town after Saturday's defeat at Nuneaton Borough.

Defender Neil Moore scored the only goal of the game after 26 minutes at Manor Park to earn Nuneaton a valuable win when they were slipping a bit too close to the bottom end of the table for comfort.

Harrogate stepped over the Poppies by beating Stalybridge Celtic 2-0 at Bower Fold with goals from Colin Hunter a minute before half-time and Danny Holland 11 minutes after the break.

Kettering, meanwhile, slipped up at home again, this time to Workington, who are now only a point behind them and two adrift of Harrogate as a consequence.

Craig Johnston put the visiting Reds in front as early as the third minute. However, the Poppies raced into a 2-1 lead with goals from Jean-Paul Marna on 45 minutes and John Dempster on 63.

Kyle May equalised nine minutes later and then skipper Steve Birks grabbed the winner for the Cumbrians nine minutes from time.

Hinckley United moved level on points with fifth-placed Hyde United, who were without a game, after winning 2-0 at fellow play-off contenders Farsley Celtic.

Chris Nurse put the Knitters ahead in the 10th minute and on-loan Colin Marrison made sure with a second 17 minutes from time.

Moor Green cannot be discounted, although they have played more games than most, but are just two points behind Hinckley after a 3-1 win at Damson Park against Worcester City.

Phil Trainer gave the Moors an 11th-minute lead. Lee Collins doubled that on 56 minutes and Junior English put the game beyond City with a third in the 70th minute. Craig Wilding scored an 82nd-minute consolation for the visitors.

Blyth Spartans are also still hanging in there with a chance after a 1-0 win at the Impact Arena against Alferton Town in which Scott Bell was the match-winner after 52 minutes.

At the other end of the table, doomed Lancaster City fell to their 27th defeat of the season after a second-half Anthony Jackson hat-trick saw visiting Worksop Town win 3-0 at the Giant Axe.

Second-bottom Scarborough earned a useful point from a 1-1 draw at Vauxhall Motors, whose Lee Furlong gave them the lead on the hour and Darren Thornton equalised four minutes later.

But third-bottom Redditch United's 2-1 home win against Leigh RMI means Boro stay four points from safety, although the Railwaymen are now in sight.

Recent recruit Carl Heggs put the Reds in front six minutes after half-time and five minutes later Scott Rickards added a second, with Kevin Rapley replying for Leigh on 69 minutes.

Elsewhere, Nick Rogan's 54th-minute effort sealed Barrow's win at Holker Street against Hucknall Town.

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