Conference Wrap – It Rains Goals & Crowds in the People’s Premiership
Woking FC Win Barnet FC, Gateshead FC , Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers draw FC Halifax Torquay Utd & Wrexham FC lose in front of 8,163. Yes you did read that correctly just one of the top seven won on a day when it rained goals in the Vanarama Conference Premier aka the People’s Premiership. The Mighty Imps beat AFC Telford to end the slump and thus move to within seven points of the play-offs (or 6 from relegation depending on whether your glass is half full or not. Grab that beverage and some popcorn for some crackle, pop and snap because it is time for Neil’s big, fat Conference Premier wrap.
Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Barnet buzzed as Mad Dog’s men swarmed to three up thanks to a gem of a Lopez free-kick on 32. Ditto Cook 38′ and then the Akinde cometh on 43′ to complete a whirlwind move. Everyone will be after the Steve Burr recipe for half-time tea as The Harriers achieved three second-half flyby in return. Gash smashed on 58′ before two corners from Nicholson found the head of Blissett on 80′ and 82′.
Woking and Eastleigh do look as if they will continue to surprise a few and perhaps even last the distance with a couple of stand-out results. Rendell 52′Morgan 66′ and Payne 90′ did the damage for the wild Cards at Altrincham as Woking’s passing game exposed the ten- man hosts who finished with nine after an injury the Crowther. Eastleigh stormed back to dump the Shaymen fifth. FC Halifax went a goal up though a Boden penalty on 16′. Then it was all rhyme as Reason 22′ Green 53′ Fleetwood 76′ and Strevens 90 sent most of the 1500 home happy. The Spitfires are soaring high above the clouds on and off the pitch with that new 2200 away end ready for the FA Cup and the big games ahead.
Gateshead draw again, this time at Forest Green , with Rovers now unbeaten now in four. Parkin finished a fine move for the hosts on 71′ before Howe got swept home an equaliser just 6 minutes later to crown his début. Ten-man Aldershot held Bristol Rovers in a stormer of a 2-2 draw. The Shots went ahead with a Williams penalty on 16′ (pen) after Parkes tried to play second keeper. Rovers replied with Monkhouse on 42′ and then went ahead with a penalty of their own from Taylor 68′. Roberts then decided to play the ‘panto’ hero and villain hitting a whistler into the top corner on 77′ before the one owned by the referee called time on his contribution with a yellow.
Torquay travelled to Alfreton with the Reds all but dead and second from bottom. They are still there but after this wonderful 4-2 win the gap from salvation is just one win away. The hosts took the lead through Hawley 18′, before Briscoe curled in a beauty on the half hour. Shaw put Alfreton 2-1 up on the stroke of half-time but Briscoe bagged his brace on 54′ to square matters. Clayton made it three-two with a chip to grace Cleethorpes on 70′ before Hawley brought the house down to celebrate his own double.
The Reds will want to have an eye on Dartford rather than Southport, gaffer Gary Brabin continues to refresh the parts other men cannot reach as two loans, George 69′ and super-sub Bakayoko 84′ secured the points with a 2-0 win at Alan Devonshire’s Braintree. Welling did themselves a favour with a 4-1 win home win over fellow strugglers Nuneaton to pull further away from the trapdoor. As did Dover with a 2-0 win over Chester. Dartford earned a vital point at home to high-flying Macclesfield to keep them one place above Southport now unbeaten in two. Brabin’s boys have taken four points in his first five days, to sit one place above the drop zone.
Wrexham celebrated their 150th year in front of 8163 – well almost. Carrington brought down Thomas to allow John-Lewis to convert from the spot on 28′ and the Dragons huffed and puffed and passed, yet could not blow the trawler onto the rocks. During a second half reminiscent of the tempest it was poetry and passion in motion with Moult sent off for ‘fistycuffs ‘ with Disley.
Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin told BBC Radio Wales:
“To get such a fantastic gate and to play in the manner that we did for long spells of the first half was really disappointing. “We came out and gave a better account of ourselves up until the sending off in the second half. “We had Grimsby camped in and it’s important you keep 11 men on the field. “I didn’t see what the sending off was for but on my understanding it was for a stamp, if that’s the case we can’t have any complaints.”
Indeed Kevin, I too have peripheral vision issues with my right eye.
|3466||Aldershot Town||2||2||Bristol Rovers|
|REPORTS||B Williams 16 pen , Roberts 77,||.||.||A Monkhouse 42 , M Taylor 68 pen|
|736||Alfreton Town||4||2||Torquay United|
|REPORTS||Hawley 18 & 77 , Shaw 45 , Clayton 70||.||.||Briscoe 32 & 54 ,|
|REPORTS||.||.||.||Rendell 52 , Morgan 66 , Payne 91|
|REPORTS||Luisma 32 , Cook 38 , Akinde 43 ,||.||.||Gash 58 , Blissett 80 , Blissett 82 ,|
|REPORTS||.||.||.||George 69 , Bakayoko 84 ,|
|REPORTS||Hayes 85 ,||.||.||Barnes-Homer 87 ,|
|1009||Dover Athletic||2||0||Chester FC|
|REPORTS||Essam 64 , OG-Heneghan 47||.||.||.|
|1498||Eastleigh||4||1||FC Halifax Town|
|REPORTS||Reason 22 , Green 53 , Fleetwood 76 , Strevens 90 ,||.||.||D Hattersley 16 pen ,|
|1217||Forest Green Rovers||1||1||Gateshead FC|
|REPORTS||J Parkin 71 ,||.||.||Howe 77|
|2529||Lincoln City FC||2||0||AFC Telford Utd|
|REPORTS||Newton 63 pen , Tomlinson 76 ,||.||.||.|
|614||Welling United||4||1||Nuneaton Town|
|REPORTS||Beautyman 19 & 45+1 , Marsh 72 & 74,||.||.||Dean 23 ,|
|REPORTS||.||.||.||John-Lewis 28 pen ,|
|5||FC Halifax Town||16||8||4||4||28||18||+10||28|
|7||Forest Green Rovers||16||7||6||3||21||15||+6||27|
|24||AFC Telford United||16||1||4||11||19||39||-20||7|
Posted on October 12, 2014, in Uncategorized, Vanarama Premier News, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Barnet FC, Bristol Rovers, FC Halifax, Forest Green Rovers, Gateshead FC, Torquay Utd, Woking FC Win, Wrexham FC. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.