Hatters, Harriers & Mariners Menacing Money’s Men

Luton Town and Kidderminster trail Cambridge United while Salisbury City ended Grimsby Town’s  Hurst inspired renaissance with a 1-0 win as they continue to astound.  STMI takes a look at our pre-season tips to return to the football League. For Lincoln ‘mind the gap please’ comes to mind.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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At the beginning of the season the STMI Big Fat Conference preview saw the title as a four horse race with the remaining play-off spot going anywhere in a Division where anyone could beat anyone.  With fifteen match-days completed how are Cambridge, Luton , Grimsby and Kidderminster doing and currently Salisbury look like nicking the Imps wild card?

Last 5’s PLD W D L F A GD Pts Ranked
Cambridge Utd 5 3 2 0 6 1 5 11 2
Luton Town 5 3 2 0 15 7 8 11 2
Kidderminster 5 3 2 0 8 2 8 11 3
Salisbury 5 3 1 1 7 5 2 11 5
Grimsby Town 5 3 0 2 11 5 6 9 9

So, the Hatters double six clicks, indeed, it appears to be going the one step beyond the non-league’s super-club needs. Luton, under John Still – going for a seventh promotion have won five and drawn two in an unbeaten seven match spree.  The Hatters have only lost twice all season beating The Harriers 2-0 at Aggborough as well as holding Cambridge and Grimsby 0-0 at home.  In those last seven The Hatters have scored 4 goals and three goals on three occasions. With Andre Gray back with a hat-trick last week you feel the Hatters are coming to the boil.  With Tamworth, Gateshead, Southport, Braintree and Chester to come the Hatters could be celebrating Christmas a month early.

Saturday’s opponents, Kidderminster Harriers, look set to continue with a young strike force against the Imps, but in truth they have goal creators and takers all over the park.  The Harriers are unbeaten in five, with just the one defeat in nine, suggesting last seasons fantastic run, that saw them just fail go win the title, has started ominously early.  If the Imps get a point on Saturday we should get the flags out, against a side that has an embarrassment of riches in every department even if Dance will miss this week and next in the cup. With Lincoln, Barnet, Woking, Macc and Wrexham to come, they only need a United wobble to pounce.

Cambridge have the most balanced and in-depth squad in the division, with old sage Money able to rest or rotate to beat the big or the passing sides in the division.  His resting of Cunnington and Sam-Yorke in the 0-0 at Chester, still sees the Black and Amber gamblers remain unbeaten and six points clear with 4 strikers more than able to come in,  Despite the embarrassment of riches up front, the U’s are not big scorers, perhaps due to the policy, with just the one sufficient on most occasions, but they are a hard working side with great experience running through the side. Whether that will be sufficient to avoid the inevitable wobble is anyone’s guess.  Little Salisbury will test that tomorrow, with Southport, Macc, Aldershot and Barnet to follow.

Paul Hurst’s Grimsby do look better without ‘Mr pointy and shouty’  even if successive 0-1 defeats against Cambridge United and Salisbury brought a free-scoring three match run to an end.  The Mariners certainly have quality and strength in depth too; the strike force boasts Hannah, hit-man-Hearn, Cooke and John Lewis, with a terrific midfield that will outplay most teams, but those defeats to top clubs and a 0-0 with Luton suggests the 4-4-1-1 may not accommodate all their strengths sufficiently to be anything but play-off contenders again.  The Mariners will beat Forest Green but Woking and Welling are useful, before Tamworth and Barnet come to Town.

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Cambridge United 15 10 5 0 23 6 +17 35
2 Kidderminster Harriers 15 9 2 4 24 16 +8 29
3 Luton Town 15 7 6 2 26 13 +13 27
4 Salisbury City 15 8 3 4 20 15 +5 27
5 Nuneaton Town 15 7 5 3 22 19 +3 26
6 Welling United 15 7 4 4 26 19 +7 25
7 Braintree Town 15 7 4 4 21 15 +6 25
8 Grimsby Town 15 7 3 5 20 15 +5 24
9 Barnet 15 5 7 3 24 18 +6 22
10 Lincoln City 15 6 4 5 16 12 +4 22
11 Gateshead 15 7 1 7 21 20 +1 22
12 FC Halifax Town 15 6 4 5 25 25 0 22
13 Alfreton Town 15 7 1 7 23 25 -2 22
14 Macclesfield Town 16 5 4 7 19 21 -2 19
15 Forest Green Rovers 15 5 3 7 28 26 +2 18
16 Southport 16 5 3 8 16 22 -6 18
17 Hereford United 15 4 5 6 15 17 -2 17
18 Wrexham 15 4 4 7 19 23 -4 16
19 Tamworth 15 4 4 7 13 21 -8 16
20 Dartford 15 4 3 8 14 24 -10 15
21 Woking 15 3 5 7 16 23 -7 14
22 Chester 15 3 4 8 11 21 -10 13
23 Aldershot Town (-10) 15 6 4 5 18 15 +3 12
24 Hyde 15 0 2 13 9 38 -29 2
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