NPL round-up | Saturday 6 April

By James Gordon

Radcliffe moved to within one point of securing the Northern Premier League title on Saturday after a resounding 4-0 home win over Matlock Town.

The Gladiators were put to the sword by the runaway league leaders in front of over 1,700 at the Neuven Stadium, with Luca Navarro inspiring them to victory with a 19-minute hat-trick in the second half.

Saturday's result also saw the Boro exact revenge on Matlock, having been on the receiving end of a 4-0 scoreline in the reverse fixture back in November.

Radcliffe's lead at the top stands at 11 points, with Macclesfield - who were in FA Trophy semi-final action over the weekend and still with two games in-hand - the only side that can still mathematically catch them.

In the fight for the play-offs, Warrington Rylands all-but-guaranteed themselves a top-five berth by running out 2-0 winners at Guiseley.

Second-half goals from Mo Touray and Dan Cockerline were enough for the Blues as the maintained their impressive unbeaten away record in the league this season.

Marine also boosted their play-off hopes with a 3-1 home win against Morpeth Town.

Having fallen behind early in the second half, a trio of late goals from Sol Solomon, Fin Sinclair-Smith and Bobby Grant saw the Mariners complete the turnaround on home soil.

Hyde United remain in the final play-off spot on goal difference as goals from Jack Redshaw and Ayo Quadri helped them come from behind to beat neighbours FC United of Manchester at the Project Solar Stadium.

It was also a good day for many of the chasing pack, with Ashton United, Worksop Town and Lancaster City all collecting maximum points.

Ashton came from behind to win 3-1 at Bamber Bridge, with the Robins' goals coming courtesy of Alex Byrne, Jason Gilchrist and Jake Charles.

Worksop, meanwhile, edged their way past Workington to remain three points off the top five.

Liam Hughes scored twice for the Tigers in a 2-1 win as they recorded their third successive triumph at Sandy Lane.

In a game between two sides with an outside shot of the play-offs, Lancaster City recovered from an early setback to win 2-1 at home to Gainsborough Trinity.

Dayle Southwell put the visitors ahead inside two minutes at The Giant Axe, but Samuel Bailey equalised from the penalty spot 10 minutes into the second half before Jamie Mellen netted a stunning free-kick winner for the Dolly Blues three minutes from time.

Further down the division, Ilkeston Town climbed up to 11th with a comfortable 3-0 home win against Atherton Collieries.

Second-half goals from Thomas Cursons, Callum Minkley and Ben Hutchinson worsened Colls' relegation fears, with the Northern Premier League strugglers now 11 points from safety and in need of four successive wins, in addition to other results going their way.

It was a positive afternoon for the two sides above them in Bradford Park Avenue and Stafford Rangers, with both securing priceless victories to boost their survival hopes.

Bradford won 2-1 at home to fellow relegation candidates Basford United, who tasted defeat for the first time since the return of manager Martin Carruthers.

As for Stafford, top scorer Kaiman Anderson's 17th goal of the season was enough to see them past Whitby Town. Rangers remain three points from safety ahead of Saturday's trip to fellow strugglers Atherton.

Results - Saturday 6 April

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

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Photo credit: Radcliffe

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