Mansfield or Harriers + The Gowling Factor?

Ex-Gillingham and Lincoln star Josh Gowling has been the bedrock of the Harriers climb from bottom to top of the BSP. Mansfield may have the games in hand and the edge but Kidderminster Harriers have found the midas touch, for since joining his new team they have won 23 games, drawn 8 and lost  4, to have a record comparable to that of Manchester United and Barcelona. Then again the Stags have become invincible winning their last 5 home and 5 away games. The Cox blending process has not been without Just-in-time refinements along the way, but it is certainly coming good on the home straight.

STMI gives a run-down on Josh and the games to go before the BSP sends a fresh face to the Football League (who will more than likely turn down 3 up 3 down this summer)

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

Josh Gowling moved to the Imps from Gillingham, initially on loan before signing for Tilson permanently. He would endure relegation, criticism and more misery and turmoil, which he took in his stride before being rescued by Kidderminster at the end of the transfer window. The Harriers had lost all 5 games and were already adrift at the bottom, so frome the fying pan to the fire seamed apt. But it would be the Imps, eager to cut the wage bill and stay within a mean budget, that would struggle whilst the Harriers went on an unbeaten run of 8 games, from the day he made his début.

Manager Burr, had the talent in the side and the backing of an ambitious chairman, but they leaked goals.  Since those initial 8 games the form has got better and better with 20 more wins, 3 more draws and just 4 defeats.  Josh has quietly and consistently gone about his job becoming an important part of the furniture.  It is nothing more than one comes to expect of a consummate pro and a genuine bloke.

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BSP Standings 28/3/13

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 12 Kidderminster Harriers 41 23 9 9 69 37 32 78
2 up 7 Mansfield Town 38 24 5 9 75 46 29 77
3 up 8 Wrexham 38 20 12 6 69 36 33 72
4 down 4 Newport County AFC 38 21 7 10 74 53 21 70
5 down 5 Grimsby Town 38 18 11 9 56 32 24 65
6 up 15 Forest Green Rovers 39 17 10 12 57 40 17 61
7 down 7 Macclesfield Town 38 16 10 12 55 52 3 58
8 down 8 Hereford United 39 15 11 13 59 57 2 56
9 down 7 Luton Town 38 15 10 13 55 49 6 55

Kidderminsterbadge.png The STMI Form Guide

The STMI last 5′s summary
Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points Relative Rank in BSP
Overall 5 4 1 0 14 6 8 13 2
Home 5 4 1 0 15 8 7 13 2
 Away  5 4 0 1 9 5 4 12 2

Kidderminsterbadge.png The Road Ahead

March
Sat 30th Kidderminster v Braintree Town 15:00
April
Mon 1st Luton v Kidderminster 15:00
Sat 6th Kidderminster v Lincoln City 15:00
Sat 13th Wrexham v Kidderminster 17:15
Sat 20th Kidderminster v Stockport County 17:15

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With the Easter double-headers upon us, Mansfield certainly seem to hold all the aces.  The in-form Stags are a point behind with 3 games in hand and have won their last 5 home and away. Invincible you feel, with the title likely to be their’s.  Ambitious Chairman John Radford will see the desired return on his investment you feel, one that has seen the ground repurchased for the fans to boot.  Ahead of a fixture pileup between now and 9th April

 

Logo The STMI Form Guide

The STMI last 5′s summary
Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points Relative Rank in BSP
Overall 5 5 0 0 11 3 8 15 1
Home 5 5 0 0 11 2 9 15 1
 Away  5 5 0 0 9 4 5 15 1

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March
Sat 30th Tamworth v Mansfield 15:00
April
Mon 1st Mansfield v Gateshead 15:00
Thu 4th Wrexham v Mansfield 19:45
Sat 6th Barrow v Mansfield 15:00
Tue 9th Mansfield v Macclesfield 19:45
Sat 13th Braintree Town v Mansfield 15:00
Tue 16th Hereford v Mansfield 19:45
Sat 20th Mansfield v Wrexham 17:15

STMI Prediction: It looks like one less Derby for the Imps, although Kidderminster will be firm favourites to follow them, albeit via the play offs.

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Posted on March 30, 2013, in Blue Square zone, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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