The BSP Relegation Rumble

The Imps, Ebbsfleet, Nuneaton and Hyde find themselves a couple of points adrift of in-form Kidderminster going into this one. Barrow too are climbing after a thrilling 3-2 win against Southport. STMI looks at the runners and riders in the BSP basement battle and asks can the Imps climb from the abyss or will we slide further down the pyramid?

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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The Imps travel to Wrexham with David Holdsworth’s comments suggesting a repeat of last season’s 2-0 defeat. Though realistic, it is hardly IMPspiring for the faithful, or indeed the continuation of his tenure.  After a 0-0 against Mansfield, perhaps a more positive rhetoric such as ‘ the lads are focused, we will give it our best shot and hope for a repeat of the draw we got at the big-spending Stags. Who knows we may sneak it one-nil with the defensive spine and Jamie Taylor always giving us a shout.’ Clearly our failure to take points in a clement September, will make things hard in an October from the bowels of Hades. FC Halifax, though tricky, will give the Imps a cup day that should get the crowds in, but failure will surely spell the end?

Kidderminster are the side on the rise. They have already cut the Imps two points adrift along with the other three basement boys. Ex-Imp Gowling, typically,  has been the defensive rock upon which they have won three of their last four, enjoying a run of nine unbeaten games.  The injury sustained against Hyde is not as bad as feared, but the Lambs do face  tricky games against Stockport and Gateshead. They may block an impressive rise from bottom to 20th in the table. The Imps play Stockport at home after the cup sabbatical on 20th October, in a game we must win. A new management team, plus a decent away following would burst through the break-even gate figure.

Barrow entertain fourth placed Dartford suggesting they will not increase the three point gap on us, even if David Holdsworth’s prophesy does come true on the morrow. They then travel to Nuneaton and Stockport before hosting the Imps. Three six-pointers indeed, but successive 3-2 wins over Southport and Braintree certainly stand them in good stead for the battles ahead.

Nuneaton followed up a 3-1 defeat at Stockport with a 0-0 at home to Hereford. They will probably not fancy the trip to Luton, minus red card Fleetwood, although those are the kind of big days the BSP are all about for the smaller teams, sunning themselves after promotion.  The home game against Barrow will be the meat and drink matters they must have the stomach for, if they are to sustain their Premiership existence. Mansfield at home will be an interesting ask, perhaps even a defining moment for Cox, if he is still about.

Ebbsfleet drew with in-form Kidderminster before losing 1-0 to League Leaders Newport.  The home game against faltering Alfreton should yield a win, with the returning Carew a massive bonus.  They then travel to Tamworth and Telford,  two tricky duels.

Hyde are struggling after a 1-1 draw with Gateshead was followed by that psychologically humiliating 3-0 loss at the Lambs.  The tigers host Tamworth, then travel to Cambridge, before a vital home game with Alfreton. Another side pleased to just be here, November looks a very arduous month.

Saturday’s Games
Macclesfield
v
Newport County
12:30
AFC Telford
v
Grimsby
15:00
Barrow
v
Dartford
15:00
Ebbsfleet United
v
Alfreton Town
15:00
Hereford
v
Braintree Town
15:00
Luton
v
Nuneaton
15:00
Mansfield
v
Forest Green
15:00
Woking
v
Southport
15:00
Wrexham
v
Lincoln City
15:00
Stockport County
v
Kidderminster
15:30
Gateshead
v
Cambridge Utd
17:15
Hyde
v
Tamworth
18:30

The table 

Pos   Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1
down 1
Newport County AFC
14
10
2
2
27
13
14
32
2
up 9
Wrexham
14
8
5
1
23
10
13
29
3
up 18
Forest Green Rovers
14
8
3
3
25
14
11
27
4
down 2
Luton Town
14
8
2
4
26
21
5
26
5
down 5
Dartford
14
8
1
5
25
18
7
25
6
down 6
Grimsby Town
14
6
6
2
20
9
11
24
7
up 9
Tamworth
14
7
1
6
21
19
2
22
8
down 8
AFC Telford United
14
5
6
3
25
19
6
21
9
down 9
Macclesfield Town
13
6
2
5
24
24
0
20
10
down 10
Woking
14
6
1
7
25
26
-1
19
11
up 9
Gateshead
14
4
6
4
19
19
0
18
12
down 12
Hereford United
14
5
3
6
22
26
-4
18
13
down 4
Mansfield Town
13
5
3
5
21
25
-4
18
14
down 14
Stockport County
14
4
5
5
19
19
0
17
15
down 5
Cambridge United
14
4
4
6
27
28
-1
16
16
down 16
Braintree Town
14
4
4
6
18
22
-4
16
17
down 17
Southport
14
4
4
6
19
25
-6
16
18
down 18
Alfreton Town
13
4
4
5
17
23
-6
16
19
down 4
Barrow
14
4
4
6
19
28
-9
16
20
down 7
Kidderminster Harriers
14
3
6
5
17
15
2
15
21
down 21
Lincoln City
14
3
4
7
15
21
-6
13
22
down 22
Nuneaton
14
2
6
6
20
29
-9
12
23
down 1
Ebbsfleet United
14
2
4
8
20
31
-11
10
24
down 24
Hyde FC
13
1
4
8
15
25
-10
7
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