National League round-up: Mills denied victory on York return, defeats for Guiseley and North Ferriby

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It was another day of disappointment for Yorkshire’s three teams struggling at the wrong end of the National League.

A late Kane Richards strike spoilt the day on York boss Gary Mills’s homecoming as he secured a draw for Chester at Bootham Crescent.

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Following a slow first half, the action livened up after the break.

Chester could have taken the lead when James Alabi forced Minstermen goalkeeper Kyle Letheren into a fine save with his feet on 67 minutes.

They were made to pay just three minutes later, when Matt Fry headed home Danny Galbraith’s corner much to the relief of the home crowd.

Alabi was once again foiled by Letheren moments before Richards smacked the woodwork with nine minutes remaining.

But home hearts were broken when the striker made amends by heading in a left-wing cross on 89 minutes, a goal that condemned York to a 10th game without a win.

North Ferriby fell to a 10th defeat in 11 games despite another determined effort in a 1-0 reverse at Boreham Wood.

The Villagers have been one of the unluckiest National League sides this season in terms of the ratio of goals registered to shots on goal. That case was proved when Connor Oliver crashed a shot against the home side’s crossbar in the first half.

Yet again, Steve Housham’s men fell behind after a good spell. Anthony Jeffrey hit a tremendous strike early in the second half that beat Rory Watson from outside the area.

It knocked the stuffing out of the away side, and it was Boreham who looked most likely to add to the game’s only goal.

Forest Green recorded a routine 3-0 win at home over the National League’s bottom side Guiseley.

Darren Carter put the division’s pace-setters ahead with a neatly curled shot past Dan Atkinson after 20 minutes.

Adam Lockwood’s battlers tried hard to get a third win in a row, but they were out of their depth. Christian Doidge made it 2-0 just after half-time when he turned his marker expertly and promptly bulged the net.

Daniel Wishart sealed affairs on the hour when he drove in a devilish ball and Lions defender Jake Lawlor could only turn the ball into his own goal.

Liam Noble hit the post late on as the Green cruised to victory.

Meanwhile, Harrogate Town conceded two goals in five second half minutes as they lost to top of the table AFC Fylde in National League North.

Town went into the lead through Tom Platt on the stroke of half time when the midfielder headed in Joe Leesley’s free-kick.

But the hosts hit back shortly after the hour mark when Sam Finley’s shot trickled through the arms of Peter Crook.

And the turnaround was complete when James Hardy sprung the offside trap and rounded Crook, whose side dropped to fifth.

FC Halifax Town rose above Harrogate with a thumping 4-1 win at ten-man Boston United.

Towering centre forward Tom Denton gave Halifax a first half lead before Alex Simmons doubled the lead shortly after the break.

Jay Rollins halved the deficit for Boston in the 71st minute but Simmons restored the two-goal advantage eight minutes later.

Denton added a fourth goal three minutes from time to seal a big win for Halifax.

Elsewhere, Bradford Park Avenue slipped to a single goal defeat at Gloucester City with Joe Hanks scoring the only goal on seven minutes.

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