As the National League season rolls on the games continue to come around thick and fast. Next up for the Silkmen is Guiseley at the Moss Rose and John Askey will be wanting to get February off to the best possible start.
However, it’s been a busy week around the Vanarama National League. So, we bring you three stories from around the league that you may have missed in the opening week of February.
National League sides meet fate in the FA Trophy replays
Gateshead and Bromley survived their Buildbase FA Trophy replays this week to progress through to the Quarter-Final stage of the competition.
Gateshead saw off fellow National League side Maidstone in their tie as they ran out 3-0 winners at the Gateshead International Stadium. Goals from former Silkmen defender Neil Byrne, Patrick McLaughin and Richard Peniket set up a Quarter-Final tie with Leyton Orient, after Gateshead goalkeeper James Montgomery saved Jamal Loza’s first-half penalty.
It was an easier passage through to the next round for Bromley. They thrashed Evo-Stick Premier side Workington 7-1 at home. Goals from Brandon Hanlan, Louis Dennis (2), George Porter, Luke Wanadio, Jordan Higgs and Jack Holland settled the tie. They face Spennymoor Town in the next round after they ran out 5-2 winners away at East Thurrock United in their replay.
However, in a shock result Stockport County beat other National League outfit Maidenhead United 3-2 in extra-time. Jimmy Ball grabbed the winner in the 95th minute to complete the upset.
Wrexham sign ex-Boro winger
Wrexham boss Dean Keates has secured the signing of wide-man Jonathan Franks. The former Hartlepool man left the North-East club earlier this year after his short-term contract expired.
The 27-year-old scored 6 goals in twenty-two appearances for the Pool’s this season and he can play on either wing, but due to Hartlepool’s financial problems they couldn’t extend his contract.
Speaking to Wrexham’s YouTube channel Franks said.
“It’s been a mad 24 hours but I’m looking forward to getting started. One minute the deal was on due to the takeover and one minute it was off. It’s sad to see the club in that condition so hopefully the club gets sorted soon but here I am at Wrexham and I can’t wait to get going.”
Anderson leaves Torquay
Torquay have agreed to cancel Myles Anderson’s Torquay contract by mutual consent. The defender played a key-part in the Gull’s great escape last season but will now be looking for pastures new.
The defender made his debut against Macclesfield in last season’s 1-1 draw and went on to play 23 games for Torquay scoring 2 goals.
Both his goals came on the last day of the season against North Ferriby United, the game that ultimately kept Torquay in the division.
By Andrew Gate