Conference Wrap: Barnet leapfrog Halifax As Bristol Rovers & Hard Up Harriers Profit.
Barnet FC overtook FC Halifax with Gateshead FC, Woking FC and Kidderminster Harriers all climbing a place as Forest Green Rovers, Eastleigh Lincoln and Wrexham FC all lost ground on the play-off chasing pack.
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Barnet’s unstoppable away form continued at Southport one of the most inhospitable places in the Division both on and off the pitch. Lee Cook scored a goal that would grace any Premiership stadium, leaving two in his wake before unleashing an unstoppable world class dipping drive. Not to be upstaged Akinde doubled the lead before the break curling a cute one into the top corner to have the Bees buzzing in the aisles. Barnet go top on goal difference, boast more clean sheets than a kleto matron and fear no one away from home.
FC Halifax dropped to second as the wheels flew off the promotion cart. Bristol Rovers, roared on by 5,394 fans who continued to keep the faith through relegation and a faultering start to non-league life. Cunnington the scurge of the Conference Premier these last two seasons headed home an inviting cross from White. On the hour Boden roasted three Rovers players before thundering a hay-maker between Mildenhall and the near post. Boss Clarke lit the spark by sending on Sinclair and Harrison to ensure a profitable rebate for the Division’s highest gate. Rovers upped the gas but still had to wait until a minute before time when Sinclair duly despatched a difficult but decisive delivery that Harrison forced home at the far post to lift the roof. Five thousand faithful will be cooking on gas in Bristol tonight then!
Craig Hobson exploited some shocking defending to give Chester an early lead at the Heed then hit the post to allow the hosts to keep a foothold in the game. Shaw got a penalty in the 67th minute and then Gateshead piled on the style with Shaw close to grabbing two more. Guy played in Chandler who cracked a crisp right footer into the top left corner. Gateshead move up one to third.
Woking won at Wrexham to move fourth. The Welsh wizards, aka the passing princes of the People’s Premiership, had the best of things until Rendell got a 25-yard worldie into the top corner, against the run of play. A typical flowing move evened things before the interval when Durrel gave Moult the opportunity to cannon one inside the far corner from twenty yards. It could have been 3-3 before Morgan twisted and turned before drilling inside the near post with twenty-five minutes still on the clock. Clarke should have made it three when he almost broke the cross-bar in half after connecting with a Morgan cross.
Kidderminster could well be losing the talented squad that has seen the Harriers jump to fifth. Host’s Dover paid the price of missed opportunities when Byrne converted Storers centre with a glorious volley from ten yards. The visitors then got into gear but were denied by two stunning Walkers saves. First he parried Johnson’s drive and then palmed Nicholsons twenty-yard free-kick for a corner.
Forest Green and Lincoln fell from the play-offs after disappointing results. FGR had to come from behind at winless Welling when Norwood headed home just before the break to equalise Fagan’s scrambled lead. They say money doesn’t grow on trees but he definately picked a pocket or two at the far post after Hudson cross created havoc in the Green machine’s defence.
Lincoln – down to ten men as ever – had to play 80 minutes with ten and then another ten with 9 players until Robinson was glued together and sent back on. The Gulls conceded the lead despite the advantage when Tomlinson was bundled over before recovering to thump home the spot- kick. Acheampong equalised from close range before cometh tte hour, cometh the man, Richards, hit a glorious twenty-five yarder to give Townsend no chance. Acheampong was then teed up by Young to convert his brace with 18 minutes to go. It was not surprising that the Gulls had more shots than a flock of pigeons bombing tourists at Trafalgar Square – 30 apparentl. The real stains on the copy book have to go the officials again they ruined a great game for both sides.
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|6||Forest Green Rovers||6||3||3||0||8||4||+4||12|
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Posted on August 30, 2014, in Vanarama Premier News, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Barnet FC, Bristol Rovers FC, Eastleigh FC, FC Halifax, Forest Green Rovers, Gateshead FC, Kidderminster Harriers, Lincoln, Woking FC, Wrexham FC. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.