06:03PM, Monday 17 April 2017
Truro City 0, Maidenhead United 3
Maidenhead United placed one hand on the National League South trophy on Easter Monday evening after picking up the points from their furthest trip of the season.
After his sensational chip against Concord Rangers on Good Friday, Sean Marks was back among the goals, firing United into a two goal lead with goals in the fourth and 24th minutes, while substitute Jordan Cox hooked home the third, seconds after coming on as a substitute, in the 71st minute.
Truro City have been a side in relegation danger for several weeks now and Maidenhead made them look like a side that’s down on their luck.
Having taken a point off Ebbsfleet two weeks ago they’d have been keen to do the same to the Magpies, however, Marks was on hand to tap home from James Comley’s cut back in the fourth minute. The ball bobbled up off the goalkeeper and took an age to come down but had enough power to beat backtracking defenders on the line.
His second was more in the Marks’ style. Again Comley was involved, threading a pass out for Harry Pritchard, who cut onto his left and delivered a perfect cross for Marks to powerfully head home.
This was supposed to be one of the toughest tests of the Magpies’ run in and it might have been had Truro scored from the spot midway through the second half. Niall Thompson escaped the clutches of Remy Clerima down the right hand side and appeared to be fouled just on the edge of the box by the Frenchman, however, the referee Andrew Laver pointed to the spot. Thankfully justice was done as Carl Pentney got down well to keep out Andrew Neal’s spot-kick. And just over 10 minutes later the points were settled when Dean Inman’s header from a Comley free-kick fell kindly for Cox to turn home on the volley.
Ebbsfleet won at already relegated Margate to maintain their interest in the title race but Maidenhead will be crowned champions if they can take just a point off their rivals in Saturday’s crucial clash at York Road.
Maidenhead United: Pentney, Clerima, Steer, Parkinson, Massey (c), Inman, Tarpey, Comley, Marks, Mulley, Pritchard. Subs from: Upward, Cox, Smith, Wiltshire, Peters.
Chesham United 1, Slough Town 1
Slough Town have made heavy weather of their play-off chase in recent weeks, but today’s 1-1 draw at Chesham United was enough to wrap up a top five berth.
The Rebels, beaten 2-0 at home by relegation threatened Cirencester Town on Friday, fell behind in the very first minute to a wonder volley from Chesham’s Dave Pearce.
But they were back on terms in the 10th minute at The Meadow when Gavin James cross from the right was headed home by Liam Enver-Marum.
The Rebels had a penalty appeal waved away after Mark Nisbet was manhandled in the box and James sent a volley just wide in the 34th minute.
Slough continued to make most of the play into the second half, with Enver-Marum powerfully striking over from 25 yards and James sending a golden chance to make it 2-1 over the bar on the hour mark.
But, with Banbury United slipping to a 1-0 defeat at second placed Leamington, a point was enough to ensure Slough can finish no lower than fifth with one match left to play at home to Redditch United on Saturday.
Marlow 1, Chalfont St Peter 0
Marlow cemented their place in the Central Division play-offs with a last gasp strike from Nathan Poulton.
It had looked as if Marlow’s chase for a top five berth would go to their final match at Uxbridge, but Poulton popped up with the winner in the dying seconds.
Results elsewhere, in particular Barton Rovers’ 3-2 win over Kempston Rovers, means the Blues won’t finish any lower than fifth with one round of matches left to play on Saturday.
Walton & Hersham 1, Windsor 2
Windsor’s fine recent form against sides from the top of the Combined Counties Premier Division continued this afternoon as Barry Dunbar netted a late winner in a 2-1 win at third placed Walton & Hersham.
Having beaten Hanworth Villa two weeks ago and run champions Hartley Wintney close, Windsor proved too strong for a Walton side who were unbeaten on home turf prior to kick-off with 12 wins and nine draws to their name.
Windsor, who were held 2-2 by North Greenford at Stag Meadow on Saturday, have shown in recent weeks they’re more than capable of upsetting the odds with a team that’s packed full of youthful enthusiasm.
The visitors led in the 30th minute when Riccardo Cannon netted his second goal in as many games from Ashley Smith’s corner.
That lead was scrubbed out five minutes before the break when Simpson replied for Walton and the sides went in level at the break, despite a late chance for Robert Lazarczuk which the Walton keeper saved.
An open, entertaining contest brought chances for both sides after the interval but Dunbar came off the bench to score an 89th minute winner, 10 minutes after being brought on as a second half substitute.
Windsor complete their Premier Division campaign at home to Camberley Town on Saturday.
Reading 2, Rotherham 1
Reading had to come from behind against relegated Rotherham United to seal their second win of the Easter weekend this afternoon.
The Royals, who came into the game buoyed by their 3-1 win at Aston Villa on Saturday, fell behind when Adeyemi bundled the ball in after a point blank save from Ali Al Habsi after 20 minutes.
That’s the way it remained until the 67th minute when Lewis Grabban smashed in a volley against his old club, two minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Rotherham were then haunted by another of their old boys as John Swift finished off a superb move involving Danny Williams and Chris Gunter in the 79th minute.
The win all but seals Reading’s play-off berth and moves them to within six points of second placed Newcastle United with three matches to play.
Reading are next in action at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Barnet 0, Wycombe 2
Joe Jacobson netted a late penalty to seal Wycombe Wanderers’ fourth straight away win in the league this afternoon.
Wycombe, who are still chasing a play-off spot in League 2, took the lead through a goal of the season contender from Sam Saunders on 20 minutes.
Saunders spotted the Barnet keeper off his line and launched the ball over his head and into the net.
Jamal Blackman made a crucial double stop to keep the Chairboys in front and tipped another Barnet effort onto the post with 10 minutes to play before Jacobson’s penalty sealed the points after Thompson was fouled in the box.
The Chairboys are now just two points off a play-off spot ahead of this Saturday's home match against Doncaster Rovers.
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