Woking FC, Aldershot Town, Barnet FC, Southport FC, FC Halifax grumbling Grimsby Town and the Mighty Imps feature highly in the Vanarama Conference Premier goal machines chart early doors. The Busy Bees and FC Halifax feature thrice , whilst Impdom’s there twice, with a double entry for the Fishy Foe ahead of the Derby at Sincil Bank. Apparently Vanarama plan to award a golden boot to this season’s winner. Well that will be down the local cash converters or pawn shop ‘sharpish’. In the People’s Premiership a hobnail boot sprayed with bronze lacquer and adorned with tinsel, with the laced tied mind, will do the trick along with a cheque of course!
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Goals are the life blood of the game and the Vanarama Conference poachers are no different. We criticise them as selfish when they miss but when the ball comes anywhere near them you just know our heroes are going to have a crack. With so little time and outnumbered by the oaktrees goal scorers are a breed apart that excite fans and blight foes, with banter the name of the game to a highly differing degree.
Scott Rendell is an old school centre-forward, big strong, he takes no prisoners and, at 27 he is at his and the Conference goal charts peak. He is not everyone’s cup of tea with Luton (his 5th parent club) shipping him out for the 8th loan club of his career. But he doesn’t care, why should the lad who would score regularly in a convent. Woking have him on loan at the moment and he is delivering handsomely on what is his stock and trade from the off. Scott bagged a brace opening day away at Alfreton, then went on a four match barren spell before firing four (every part of his body) against Dover. Last week he got another against Wrexham, who are no mugs, so with 5 in 2 games you would fancy him to continue the hot-streak against Lincoln on Saturday.
Busy Barnet bee Lee Cook is the most lethal left winger in the Conference. His roasting rate…. steady children read this site….. would impress Hades himself, with six goals plus playing a key role in three more ( some choose to use the American term ‘Assist’). The 32 year old ex-QPR star got a brace at Chester on his opening day debut, then hit a three game drought, setting up a couple before coming into his own in the last couple of games. Despite only doing a 44 minute stint he grabbed a hat-trick against Dartford after replacing Mekki ( clearly not quite the North London version of the Barcelona beau then) and beat them on his own. Last week lethal Lee grabbed one in the 2-0 win over Southport to take the buzzing bees top.
Brett Williams is a class apart even if he did not make the breakthrough at Premiership Reading. He scored at every loan club and shone like a sixpence up a chimney sweep’s backside at Woking last year. A free transfer to Aldershot this year suggested goals galore. Opening day he obliged at Aldershot, was unlucky against Eastleigh then got a goal against Telford and Forst Green. After failing to gut the Gulls (that’s going to be a tough trip for anyone) his brace battered the fishy foe all on his own in a 2-1 win.
Grimsby’s Scott Neilson has four so far this season as the Fishy Foe got 13 goals over the Bank Holiday. Barnet’s there again with Charlie MacDonald, at 33, still going strong. He has been instrumental in the Busy Bees free styling free-scoring assault on top-spot. With four strikes so far and five assists, when he, John Akinde (on three) and Lee Cook heat up those mouthwatering away-days or nights, the home groundsman probably thinks about turning out the lights . Mind you I can think of 2 or three chairman in this League that would even have the 50p for the meter on a chain.
Talking of which, two Imps join yet another busy bee John Akinde, on three goals – someone needs to stop the queen bee breeding they are awash honey, money and goals! Rock the Kazbah Hamza Bencherif, has been a rock all over the pitch this season and Tomlinson is doing what he does best. Well he is not quite getting as many cards as normal, although with the Imps awarded 3 reds in 3 games the refs are bound to turn to him some time soon. FC Halifax have three pedigree stallions in the chasing pack, also on three goals. Peniket is unplayable on his day, Boden a real handful and consistent with it, but Roberts is the gamekeeper turned poacher supreme.
|3||Brett Williams||Aldershot Town||5|
|4||Scott Neilson||Grimsby Town||4|
|5||Hamza Bencherif||Lincoln City||3|
|5||Ben Tomlinson||Lincoln City||3|
|5||Kenny Davis||Braintree Town||3|
|5||Cheyenne Dunkley||Kidderminster Harriers||3|
|5||Waide Fairhurst||Macclesfield Town||3|
|5||Lee Hughes||Forest Green Rovers||3|
|5||Lenell John-Lewis||Grimsby Town||3|
|5||Richard Peniket||FC Halifax Town||3|
|5||Marc Roberts||FC Halifax Town||3|
|5||Scott Boden||FC Halifax||3|