Conference Wrap: Promotion? Relegation? Humbug! Fear Not There’s always ADMIN!
Busy Bees Barnet, Torquay Utd, Gateshead FC & Woking FC win, Bristol Rovers draw FC Halifax & Wrexham FC lose. Alas readers the Imps flag is at half mast again this evening for the Vanarama Conference aka the People’s Premiership can be a cruel mistress with just two up and four down. Grab a beverage and some popcorn for they do say joy is as entertaining as pain and ours are the teams to follow through the odd bit of sunshine and bucket loads of rain.
Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Barnet move five points clear thanks to a Hoskins strike to settle things against Eastleigh who had held 9 man Bristol Rovers and the wrath of the gods on Tuesday. Not content with scoring with his first touch in the 5-0 win over Altrincham Hoskins hit the post with his first touch in this. The buzzing Bees were denied a penalty before you’ve guessed it Hoskins fired home a deflection to give the buzzing Bees a first half lead. Eastleigh had a goal disallowed and the luck continued when FC Halifax crashed 0-3 at home to Altrincham and no goal machine Reeve did not even get on the score sheet. Clee 34′ Lawrie 77′ and ex-Imp Perry 81′ blew them away before a Boden consolation chime three minuted from time.
The Gulls are back in business but had to come from behind in the division’s biggie. Goal machine Moult charged down the keepers clearance before finishing with aplomb. Cometh the hour cometh the man as Briscoe rounded off a superb cut and thust move by drilling home. Young then brought the house down late on with a contender for goal of the season. Bowman was unloading some wayward arrows all afternoon until Captain Young showed him the true meaning of power and panache. Having struck a post with a free-kick he hit a hallelujah haymaker that whistled all of twenty-five yards to almost rip the net. The third placed birds will be frying and flying tonight with the Steam beers gushing out of their ears.
Woking high-fived Southport through the relegation trap door and into the bottom four. Cheers after losing to Nuneaton we Imps need to meat someone more demoralised than ourselves on Tuesday. Rendell gave Woking the lead before Lewis made it two. Fitzpatrick seemed to get Southport back in it then Sole got another of his sensational free kicks to restore the two goal cushion. Port never give up and got a lifeline from a towering header from Luke Foster. Time for the Rendell show.. First he headed in a peach of a cross from Lewis as the end to end battle of brains versus brawn continued. Payne had to be stopped by hook or by crook and, Foster duly did, allowing Rendell to complete his hat-trick with a clinical penalty. An outstanding advert for the people’s premiership this one.
Cox put Braintree one up ten minutes before the break to stun Gateshead who had passed the parcel more cautiously than the version played in a 1970’s Northern Irish pub. But when they click they click as three in six minutes blew Braintree away thanks to Finnigan 69′ Turnbull 72′ and a superb Shaw strike on 75′. Wrexham and Bristol Rovers both dropped out of the play-off places although it was a massive shock to Rovers who in fairness had the game in the bag. Bristol Rovers 6000 plus punters and, Gas gaffer Clarke, thought Cunnington’s first half strike had seen them play-off bound. Then the boys from the white cliffs finally chalked one up and gave the pirates a few sunken chests with a 90th minute Murphy volley that was very much against the tide. Not quite hanging homself from the Clifton Bridge quite yet Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:
“It’s a very quiet changing rooms in there. Obviously the lads are very disappointed, as well as the staff, because we should not have chucked it away. We should be sat here with three points. “We have got to be more clinical at the top end, but then again there keeper has made good saves. They’ve put their bodies on the line and I’m sure they’ll be very happy with a point.
“We were very rarely in trouble; there was only a lapse in the first half when they hit the post but other than that I think we defended very well. “We just need to be more clinical at the top end. But I’m not going to be to critical of the boys. It’s another game where we are undefeated and it’s about all the negatives about today being put right for Tuesday night.”
|1476||Aldershot Town||2||0||Alfreton Town|
|.||Hatton 33 , Gibbs 63 ,||.||.||.|
|.||S Hoskins 37 ,||.||.||.|
|6162||Bristol Rovers||1||1||Dover Athletic|
|.||A Cunnington 35 ,||.||.||Murphy 90 ,|
|1997||Chester FC||1||1||Welling United|
|.||Mahon 10 ,||.||.||Marsh 93 ,|
|.||Bradbrook 61 ,||.||.||John-Lewis 84 pen ,|
|1727||FC Halifax Town||1||3||Altrincham|
|.||S Boden 87 ,||.||.||Clee 34 , Lawrie 77 , Perry 81 ,|
|1244||Gateshead FC||3||1||Braintree Town|
|.||.Finnigan 69 , Turnbull 72 ,Shaw 75 ,||.||.||Cox 34 ,|
|2117||Kidderminster Harriers||1||1||AFC Telford Utd|
|.||Verma 45 ,||.||.||Todd 79 ,|
|1329||Macclesfield Town||2||2||Forest Green Rovers|
|.||Lewis 52 , Fairhurst 73 ,||.||.||Frear 11 , Hughes 78 ,|
|928||Nuneaton Town||2||1||Lincoln City FC|
|.||Fowler 30 , Dawson 67 ,||.||.||Miller 39 ,|
|.||Fitzpatrick 55 , Foster 81 ,||.||.||Rendell 5 82 & 87 pen, Lewis 53 , Sole 66 ,|
|.||Briscoe 62 , Young 84 ,||.||L Moult 30|
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|2||FC Halifax Town||14||8||3||3||25||12||+13||27|
|8||Forest Green Rovers||14||6||5||3||19||14||+5||23|
|24||AFC Telford United||14||1||4||9||19||36||-17||7|
Posted on October 4, 2014, in Attendances, Vanarama Premier News, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Barnet FC, Bristol Rovers, FC Halifax, Gateshead FC, Torquay United, Woking FC, Wrexham FC. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.