Brig settle for point

Alex Taylor was Brig's scorer

Alex Taylor was Brig's scorer

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In the NPL First Division North, Bamber Bridge’s promotion hopes were dealt a blow as they were held 1-1 at home by Northwich Victoria.

Joshua Amis put Vics ahead in the 10th minute but Alex Taylor (24) levelled the scores.

Elsewhere in the same division, two Tom Kilifin goals saved Lancaster City from defeat by Farsley in a 2-2 draw.

Matthew Young (12) and Adam Priestley (42) scored for Vics before Kilifin (54, 74) earned a point.

Clitheroe lost 3-0 at Warrington Town.

Ben Wharton (17), Scott Metcalfe (36) and Conor Roberts (46) scored Warrington’s goals.

But Burscough had more luck on the road, winning 2-1 at Ossett Albion.

Scott Turner (2) gave Ossett an early lead but the Linnets were level four minutes later through Liam Caddick.

And it was Caddick who got their winner 10 minutes before the interval.

But Kendal Town were beaten 3-0 at Ramsbottom United, Philip Dean (1, 40) and Gary Stopforth (32) on target.

Meanwhile, in the NPL Premier Division, Richie Allen scored a hat-trick as AFC Fylde hammered Stocksbridge Park Steels 5-0.

Joseph Booth (25) got the ball rolling before an own goal four minutes later from Richard Haigh doubled the Coasters’ advantage.

It was then the Allen show as goals in the 45th, 49th and 58th minutes wrapped up the victory.

And in the Conference Premier, after their recent good run which took them out of the relegation zone, Southport came down to earth this week with a second defeat in five days.

After unexpectedly losing 4-0 on Tuesday night to promotion-chasing Braintree Town, they travelled to Cambridge hoping for their first double of the season.

It started well for them when Jason Walker headed in Steven Boothman’s cross in the 16th minute.

But nine minutes later, Aristote Nsalia fouled Luke Berry in the box and Berry planted the resultant penalty wide of Danny Hurst to level the scores.

After this, Cambridge took control and goals followed from Luke Chadwick (51) and Andy Pugh (67) to win the game for the second-placed team in the Conference.

Luckily for the Sandgrounders, most of the teams below them failed to capitalise on this and they are in 19th place, four points off the drop zone.