NPL round-up | Saturday 23 September

By James Gordon

Radcliffe recorded their eighth league win in a row and moved eight points clear at the top of the Northern Premier League table after a breathless 4-3 victory at home to Worksop Town.

The deadlock was broken by the hosts inside 20 seconds as Lois Maynard netted one of five goals that would be scored before half-time.

The Boro led 3-2 at the interval but were pegged back midway through the second half by the Tigers' top goalscorer Liam Hughes.

However, Brad Jackson turned home fellow Radcliffe substitute Jake Thompson's low cross in the final minute of regular time to separate the sides, with what would prove to be the winner.

Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley's runaway leaders have now scored 32 goals in their opening eight league matches - 10 more than any other team in the division.

Below them, Warrington Rylands climbed up to second after an Adama Sidibeh double helped them to a 4-2 win at Matlock Town.

The Gladiators were unable to secure anything for their efforts, despite Jonathon Margetts netting his 10th goal of the season.

Elsewhere, Macclesfield struck twice in the second half to beat Stafford Rangers 2-0, while Marine came from behind to win 2-1 at Marske United and extend the Seasiders' difficult start to the new season.

A hat-trick from Jamie Walker also helped Ilkeston Town ease to a 4-0 victory at Lancaster City, who started the latest round of fixtures in second place in the league table.

Ashton United, another of the sides to have started the season well, were 1-0 winners at Guiseley. Alex Byrne netted the decisive goal from the penalty spot eight minutes after half-time.

At Broadhurst Park, Brad Fewster was on target for Whitby Town as they came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at FC United of Manchester.

In what proved to be a high-scoring afternoon of Northern Premier League football, six goals were shared at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium as Bamber Bridge and Morpeth Town played out a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw.

The Highwaymen had led twice on the road but were unable to see the job through as Harry Scarborough secured the hosts a point shortly after the hour mark.

In the day's other action, goals in either half saw Workington pick up their fourth win in six matches in all competitions, away at Bradford Park Avenue.

Hyde United's Antoine Makoli snatched a winner in the 11th minute of stoppage time as his side overcame winless Basford United.

Dayle Southwell was twice on target for Gainsborough Trinity, helping the Holy Blues beat Atherton Collieries 4-1 to clinch just their second league win of the season and climb out of the relegation places.

Results - Saturday 23 September

Bamber Bridge 3-3 Morpeth Town
Bradford Park Avenue 1-2 Workington
FC United of Manchester 1-1 Whitby Town
Gainsborough Trinity 4-1 Atherton Collieries
Guiseley 0-1 Ashton United
Hyde United 1-0 Basford United
Lancaster City 0-4 Ilkeston Town
Macclesfield 2-0 Stafford Rangers
Marske United 1-2 Marine
Matlock Town 2-4 Warrington Rylands
Radcliffe 4-3 Worksop Town

Photo credit: Darren Murphy

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