Conference roundup: Barnet held by Halifax due to late Lois Maynard goal

Barnet are held to a 1-1 draw by Halifax Town in their clash but Martin Allen's men move one point clear at the top of the Conference.

Barnet moved one point clear at the top of the Conference but they were denied a victory over Halifax Town as Lois Maynard scored a 90th-minute equaliser to hold the leaders to a 1-1 draw.

Neither side could find a breakthrough in the opening 45 minutes at The Shay, but Curtis Weston fired the visitors ahead in the 67th minute.

Martin Allen's men looked to have secured the three points despite seeing David Stephens dismissed for a second bookable offence, but Maynard netted in the dying seconds to earn the home side a point.

A late goal from James Constable rescued Eastleigh from defeat to earn them a 2-2 draw against Wrexham at Ten Acres.

Ben Strevens fired the home side ahead from the penalty spot in the 17th minute, but Louis Moult brought Wrexham level. Neil Ashton struck again in the first half for the visitors who looked to be heading for the three points, only for Constable to net late on to save the hosts.

Gateshead all but condemned AFC Telford to relegation by recording a 1-0 victory at the New Bucks Head Stadium as Michael Rankine scored the only goal of the match in the fifth minute.

The result leaves Telford 15 points adrift of safety with just seven games left in the campaign. Meanwhile, Gary Mills's men are six points off the playoff places with two games in hand on sixth-placed Forest Green.

Alfreton Town earned a vital point in their quest for survival in their match against Lincoln City as they played out a goalless draw at North Street, which moved Nicky Law's men four points clear of the drop zone.

Dartford kept alive their hopes of staying in the Conference by coming from behind to defeat Chester 2-1 as Kingsley James scored a late own goal to hand them victory.

Oliver McBurnie put the home side ahead at the Swansway Chester Stadium, but Nathan Green fired an equaliser immediately to bring the visitors back on level terms.

A hat-trick from Dan Sparkes guided Braintree Town to a thumping 5-1 win over Torquay United in their clash at Plainmoor.

Sparkes fired the visitors ahead in the fourth minute, but John Campbell brought Torquay level. However, Sparkes added goals either side of the break, while Matt Paine and Ryan Peters notched late strikes to secure a comfortable victory.

Nicky Deverdics scored a late winner to hand Dover Athletic a 2-1 victory over Altrincham in their clash at Crabble Stadium.

Deverdics opened the scoring in the 11th minute and the home side held the lead until Gianluca Havern equalised 11 minutes from time. However, Deverdics netted his second of the game in the dying minutes to earn his side the win.

Results in full: AFC Telford 0-1 Gateshead, Alfreton Town 0-0 Lincoln City, Chester 1-2 Dartford, Dover Athletic 2-1 Altrincham, Eastleigh 2-2 Wrexham, Halifax 1-1 Barnet, Torquay United 1-5 Braintree Town

Charlie Macdonald celebrates with Luisma Villa and Curtis Weston after he scores to make it 1-0 during the Vanarama Football Conference League match between Barnet and Southport at The Hive on January 24, 2015
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