Nationwide Conference Wrap

York City's promotion hopes took a knock on Tuesday evening as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Mark Stimson's Stevenage Borough.

Paul Hakim scored the only goal of the game in the 54th after tapping in a Steve Guppy cross at the left-hand side of the penalty box.

Despite the defeat, York hold onto third place on the Nationwide Conference table with 67 points, while Stevenage shoot up to seventh with 60 points.

Gary Mills' Tamworth picked up a vital three points on after edging out their opponents Gravesend & Northfleet 2-1 at the Lamb Ground.

Jake Edwards bagged a brace for the home side with Charlie MacDonald pulling one back for Gravesend in the 81st minute.

Relegation threatened Southport and fellow strugglers Halifax Town played to a 1-1 draw at Haig Avenue.

The home side got off to a good start when in the 12th minute, Halifax's Steven Haslam was adjudged to have fouled Carl Baker in the box.

Baker saw his spot kick saved by Craig Mawson but still had time to tap in the rebound at the left-hand side of the penalty area.

Southport were reduced to ten men in the 50th minute after Stephen Rowland received his marching orders for a serious challenge on Darren Stamp.

And Stamp made his side's numerical advantage count, as he slotted home an injury time equaliser to end the game in stalemate.

Morecambe further enhanced their promotion prospects after recording a 2-1 victory over Northwich Victoria.

The home side broke the deadlock in the 20th minute when Matthew Blinkhorn headed in a Danny Carlton corner kick at the right-hand side of the penalty area.

Northwich finally got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 69th minute, when Danny Mayman equalised with a well-struck effort from 18 yards out.

However, the hosts were quick to respond with Chris Blackburn restoring his side's lead just three minutes later.

Kidderminster Harriers and promotion-chasing Burton Albion played to a goalless draw at Aggborough Stadium.

Burton goalkeeper Kevin Poole will have done his manager proud as he twice denied Iyseden Christie and kept Michael Blackwood's well-struck effort at bay.

After this latest result The Harriers occupy 11th place on the Nationwide Conference table with 54 points, while Burton sit in fifth with 65 points.

Relegation-threatened Grays Athletic recorded a 3-1 victory over Rushden & Diamonds with Aaron O'Connor bagging a quickfire brace.

Dennis Oli had a hand in creating one of O'Connor's goals and also bagged the third himself, while Simeon Jackson scored a consolation goal in the 90th minute.

Forest Green Rovers recorded a vital win over promotion hopefuls Exeter City thanks to a superb brace by John Hardiker.

Hardiker broke the deadlock in the 11th minute when he connected with a Simon Clist corner kick and volleyed it into the top-left corner.

The visitors fought their way back into the game and pulled level in first-half stoppage time thanks to an 18-yard effort from Lee Elam.

However, Hardiker had the last say and capped a wonderful performance by bagging his second goal in the 88th minute to earn his side all three points.

Crawley Town and Woking played to a goalless draw at Broadfield Stadium, leaving both side dangerously close to the drop zone.

Altrincham find themselves dangerously close to the drop zone after losing by a single goal to Stafford Rangers at Moss Lane.

The visitors scored just before the break as Guy Madjo headed in a Nathan Talbott cross at the centre of the penalty area.

Terry Brown saw his Aldershot Town side return to winning ways against

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Conf North South
+ Dag & Red 82
Oxford United 71
York City 67
Burton Albion 64
Exeter 62
Morecambe 62
Gravesend 58
Weymouth 58
Stevenage 57
Kidderminster 53
Aldershot 51
R'den & Dmnds 47
Altrincham 47
Woking 46
Stafford 45
Crawley Town* 44
Forest Green 44
Cambridge Utd 43
Halifax 42
N'wich Vic. 42
- Tamworth 41
- Grays Ath 38
- St Albans 36
- Southport 34
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