STMI Conference ‘Peoples’ Premiership Previews, Fixtures Forecasts & Form

Barnet Torquay United,  FC Halifax;  Bristol Rovers, Woking FC & Gateshead lead the pack with Macclesfield Town, Forest Green Rovers and Eastleigh chasing.  Can you smell it? ‘Yes indeedy’  Saturday is coming so it is time for the STMI Peoples Premiership preview of the division where two up and two down continues to survive and thrive. Even Houdini would not fancy the odds of escaping successfully, so no wonder most chairman can pell an orange in their pocket without wasting a drop.  Then there are those by the trapdoor catching a less than designer scent of something different. Beware, as the chairman’s axe gets sharper just as the shadows and nights get longer and darker.

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Vanarama Conference logo.png Barnet go to Forest Green Rovers with both sides in fine form. Even Mad Dog got all misty eyed and proud as his Bees stung Altrincham 5-0.  In truth they were lucky to get out of the Hive alive. The Green army methinks will be a sterner test after winning at Dartford 2-1, drawing 2-2 with high flying Eastleigh and giving Aspin’s Halifax a 2-0 headache. But how to cope with the buzzing bees who last week did enough even to please a not so smarting Martin?  A win for the Bees looks likely but we feel a high scoring draw could also be on the cards.

Vanarama Conference logo.png Torquay are feeling so lucky they could win a bet on two flyies crawling up a wall blindfold.  The trip to bottom club Telford should be a brisk breeze for The Gulls after the Bucks fell five-nil at home to Halifax.  Liam Watson has tried both carrot and stick in recent weeks, our tip is to park the bus and have the club Chaplin driving.

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngWoking, hardly choking after defeats at Torquay and Bristol Rovers,  sit fourth ahead of a less than home banker against Kidderminster. With the squad safe from the financial vultures for now the Harriers beat Altrincham 4-0 before crash landing 1-0 into the aft of the Grimsby trawler. The Fishy foe have looked high and low for a striker but at least they got their Oates. The Barnsley midfield loanee landed one to floor the Harriers on his début. With Chester at home its time for Grimsby to fish not cut bait. Chester of course are on a high having just beaten Wrexham in the bubble derby. That’s the lively England v Wales affair requiring 1 policeman for every 19 fans.  At least someone is getting the overtime.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngGateshead are a club on the up. Crowds are up 60% they have more strikers than a Swan vesta factory and, Gary Mills a manager who will know just how to pepper the Shots. Aldershot beat Lincoln 1-0 last week but that was a battle of two teams on a failing form that ex-Fulham Felix would laugh at.  The Imps host Macclesfield,  just the point and one place off the play-offs.  Its all up the Cathedral on the morrow to kiss the Imp then.

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngBristol Rovers can also rise to a play-off position with a trip to Southport who have lost three on the spin without scoring. Even Alfreton beat them 2-0 which would have even the sanest manager chewing at his straight-jacket. But Port are a hard bunch – so hard some say Viagra flows through their veins – and Rovers will need plenty of gas in a battle of attrition in the North-West.

Vanarama Conference logo.png Wrexham in tenth after the Chester defeat will need to beat an unbeaten Eastleigh side who just keep on drawing games. Either side could jump into the play-offs if they win and results elsewhere go in their favour. Wrexham could not believe the defeat in the derby at Chester Live  on BT this week. It was the old adage of not taking your chances, but Kevin Wilkin will have the Dragons breathing fire this weekend.

 

Conference Fixtures
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Saturday 27th September 2014
Away Win AFC Telford United v Torquay United
Home Win Altrincham v Welling United
Away Win Braintree Town v FC Halifax Town
Score Draw Dover Athletic v Alfreton Town
Score Draw Forest Green Rovers v Barnet
Home Win Gateshead v Aldershot Town
Home Win Grimsby Town v Chester
Home Win Lincoln City v Macclesfield Town
Home Win Nuneaton Town v Dartford
Away Win Southport v Bristol Rovers
Score Draw Woking v Kidderminster Harriers
Home Win Wrexham v Eastleigh
 All games  KO at 15:00 this Super Saturday

 

Current Form – Last 6 Games

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Pos Team Pts F A GD Pos Team Pts F A GD
1 Torquay 18 14 1 13 13 Forest Green 8 7 6 1
2 Bristol Rvs 15 11 6 5 14 Welling United 8 7 7 0
3 Barnet 13 14 4 10 15 Dartford 7 8 9 -1
4 Braintree Town 12 10 4 6 16 Grimsby 7 7 8 -1
5 Woking 12 7 5 2 17 Chester 7 6 7 -1
6 Macclesfield 11 8 3 5 18 Aldershot 7 5 7 -2
7 Gateshead 11 10 6 4 19 Nuneaton Town 7 5 10 -5
8 Alfreton Town 10 8 7 1 20 Altrincham 5 7 16 -9
9 Wrexham 10 7 6 1 21 Dover Athletic 3 5 10 -5
10 Kidderminster 9 7 5 2 22 Lincoln 3 7 14 -7
11 Eastleigh 9 10 10 0 23 Southport 3 2 11 -9
12 Halifax 8 9 6 3 24 Telford United 1 7 20 -13

 

Conference Premier Table
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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 11 8 1 2 28 6 +22 25
2 Torquay United 11 7 3 1 19 5 +14 24
3 FC Halifax Town 11 7 2 2 22 9 +13 23
4 Woking 11 6 3 2 18 9 +9 21
5 Gateshead 11 6 3 2 20 15 +5 21
6 Macclesfield Town 11 5 5 1 14 7 +7 20
7 Bristol Rovers 11 6 2 3 14 11 +3 20
8 Eastleigh 11 5 4 2 20 15 +5 19
9 Forest Green Rovers 11 5 4 2 14 9 +5 19
10 Wrexham 11 6 1 4 14 14 0 19
11 Braintree Town 11 6 0 5 18 11 +7 18
12 Kidderminster Harriers 11 5 3 3 13 7 +6 18
13 Grimsby Town 11 4 4 3 21 10 +11 16
14 Aldershot Town 11 4 3 4 12 11 +1 15
15 Lincoln City 11 4 1 6 16 21 -5 13
16 Chester 11 4 1 6 12 19 -7 13
17 Welling United 11 2 4 5 10 18 -8 10
18 Alfreton Town 11 3 1 7 11 25 -14 10
19 Dartford 11 2 3 6 10 17 -7 9
20 Southport 11 2 2 7 8 19 -11 8
21 Altrincham 11 2 2 7 12 25 -13 8
22 Nuneaton Town 11 2 2 7 5 18 -13 8
23 Dover Athletic 11 2 1 8 9 22 -13 7
24 AFC Telford United 11 0 3 8 13 30 -17 3

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