Saturday`s Vanarama National League Review....

By Steve Whitney

Forest Green Rovers returned to the top of the Vanarama National League table on Saturday after they won 2-1 at Chester FC, overtaking Tranmere Rovers, who lost their unbeaten start to new season

Forest Green were made to battle hard for the win at Chester, but managed a 24th minute lead through Liam Noble.

Experienced midfielder Darren Carter then doubled the visitors` lead 7 minutes after the break.

But Elliott Durrell reduced Chester's arrears 11 minutes from time and provided a nervy end for the visitors.

Aldershot Town maintained their 100% home record and in doing so inflicted a first defeat of the season on overnight leaders Tranmere.

Bernard Mensah gave the Shots an early 3rd minute lead to capitalise upon a great start, but Rovers came back into it in the second quarter and Andy Cook’s 37th minute header brought them level at the break.

Tranmere had begun to exert pressure in the second half but Scott Rendell’s nerveless penalty after 79 minutes – won by Iffy Allen – and then a flashing volley from Will Evans 3 minutes later earned a fourth home win in a row for the Shots and inflicted a first defeat in eight on Rovers.

Macclesfield Town sealed a 3-1 win against struggling Woking at the Moss Rose.

The Silkmen took the lead in the 28th minute when Neil Byrne`s cross was rammed home by Danny Whitaker from eight yards.

On 37 minutes, Macclesfield doubled their lead when Chris Holroyd clipped a ball over the top of the Woking defence and Danny Rowe burst clear to slot past the advancing Michael Poke.

Paul Lewis volleyed wide moments later as Macc threatened a third early in the second half.

But the Cards got themselves back into the contest on the hour-mark when Dennon Lewis drilled in from more than 25 yards.

However, in the final minute, Holroyd knocked in the clincher for 3-1, following a scintillating run from Rowe.

Dagenham & Redbridge suffered back-to-back defeats, this time at home to Boreham Wood.

John Still`s side won four on the spin before losing to Sutton United over the Bank Holiday.

And Luke Garrard`s impressive Wood side took full advantage of the Daggers inconsistency.

After a goalless first half, Morgan Ferrier broke the deadlock 4 minutes into the second half to give Wood the lead.

The home side tried hard to get back into the game, but were unable to penetrate a determined Wood defence.

And in stoppage time, the points were made safe with a second goal from Kenny Davis.

Newcomers North Ferriby United returned empty-handed from the long trip to improving Eastleigh.

The Villagers have found the step up tough going so far and had taken just seven points from seven outings ahead of the game at the Silverlake Stadium.

It was a bad start for the visitors as Andy Drury put Ronnie Moore`s side in front on 4 minutes.

Former Sheffield Wednesday left-back Reda Johnson added a second goal for Eastleigh on 51 minutes to secure victory.

A late equaliser denied Barrow AFC victory as they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Bromley, who travelled north on the back of a 5-0 walloping by Eastleigh last Monday.

The Bluebirds went into the game looking for their third successive victory, and things were looking good when Byron Harrison scored for the second game running at Holker Street.

Harrison scored after12 minutes, and that's how the score remained until 5 minutes from normal time when Bromley substitute Blair Turgott levelled matters.

Gateshead made it four wins from eight games as they edged out newcomers Sutton United 1-0 at the International Stadium.

It was the U`s who looked most likely to score with centre-back Kevin Amankwaah having the best chances as he headed wide in the 19th minute and again 2 minutes after half-time.

And Sutton should have broken the deadlock in the 56th minute as Bedsente Gomis found himself alone in front of goal but lost control of the ball.

But it turned out to be a great day for Rhys Oates, who only joined on loan on Friday from Hartlepool United.

Oates came off the bench on the hour-mark to score what turned out to be the winning goal for Gateshead just 5 minutes later.

There was a similar outcome to the game between Southport and Dover Athletic at the Merseyrail Community Stadium – but this time it was the away side who triumphed.

Struggling Port had a terrible start when Ricky Modeste surged into the penalty area and fired a superb effort into the top corner with less than 3 minutes gone on the clock.

The visitors had another goal disallowed in the 20th minute for an apparent foul on the goalkeeper, but Southport also had an effort flagged for offside in the 38th minute when John Cofie thought he`d equalised.

Modeste should have closed out the game in the second half when he failed to hit the target with just Ryan Crump to beat, but Dover held on to claim all three points.

Maidstone United snatched a draw at the Gallagher Stadium against Wrexham, thanks to substitute Liam Enver-Marum.

Enver-Marum was on hand to make Wrexham pay for a defensive error after the Dragons had seized control.

Two goals from Callum Powell on 38 minutes 66 minutes gave Gary Mills' side the advantage after Maidstone had scored the opener through Ben Greenhalgh's free-kick after 21 minutes.

But on 77 minutes, a mistake from Curtis Tilt let in substitute Enver-Marum who scored just 6 minutes into his debut to rescue a point for the Stones.

Aidan Connolly scored an impressive brace as York City bounced back from last week's defeat to Wrexham with an emphatic 4-0 victory over newcomers Solihull Moors at Bootham Crescent.

The Minstermen opened the scoring in the 9th minute when Richard Brodie directed his header home from Connolly's corner.

But they had to wait until the 84th minute to double their lead, Connolly drilling an effort into the far corner.

Scott Fenwick added a third in the 89th minute, converting Kaine Felix's cross from the right, and there was still time for Connolly to score his second of the day after rounding the goalkeeper.

Braintree Town shared a point with still managerless Guiseley AFC at Nethermoor.

This fixture caused controversy last season, when Guiseley scored after Braintree had put the ball out of play to allow a home player to be treated for an injury.

But there was no such problems this time as two teams who are struggling so far this season failed to find the target.

Where next?

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