NPL round-up | Saturday 2 December

By James Gordon

Freezing temperatures across the country resulted in a significantly shortened fixture list for the latest weekend of Northern Premier League action.

Only three games took place in the NPL, with Marine the highest-placed team to take to the field.

A goalless draw with Ilkeston Town at the Marine Travel Arena saw them climb to 9th. They sit four points adrift of the play-off places, with two or more games in-hand on all of the sides above them.

Elsewhere, FC United of Manchester picked up just their second away league win of the season after running out 3-1 winners at Gainsborough Trinity.

Goals either side of half-time from Jay Fitzmartin and Dontai Gabbidon put them in the driving seat, and although Dylan Cogill pulled a goal black for the Holy Blues, Paul Ennis wrapped up victory deep into second half stoppage time.

The final game of the day saw Whitby Town snatch a point at the death away at Basford United.

A last-gasp Jacob Gratton free-kick was enough for the Seasiders to earn a 1-1 draw and deny the hosts what would've been just their fourth league win of the season.

Full results for the weekend's NPL action can be found below.

Results - Northern Premier League

Basford United 1-1 Whitby Town
Gainsborough Trinity 1-3 FC United of Manchester
Marine 0-0 Ilkeston Town

Results - NPL Midlands Division

Coleshill Town 0-4 Boldmere St Michaels
Harborough Town 0-0 Spalding United
Rugby Town 1-4 Hinckley LR
Shepshed Dynamo 0-2 Lye Town
Sporting Khalsa 2-2 Bedworth United
Sutton Coldfield Town 7-1 Gresley Rovers

Results - NPL West Division

Chasetown 3-2 Witton Albion
Leek Town 3-0 Hednesford Town

Photo credit: Lewis Mckenna

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