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Vanarama Conference Premier Champions at the Ready?

Barnet, Bristol Rovers, Wrexham FC,  FC Halifax, Torquay UTD, Woking FC and Gateshead FC are all there or thereabouts in the  Vanarama Conference aka the People’s Premiership as we get ready to salute the heroes and zeroes that will earn those tears and jeers again this Saturday.  Simon Yeo the ex Chester FC and Imp goal machines tries to guess the scores, but as he says

‘Games are won and lost on the pitch by goals and more than a bit of luck.  Everybody is a champion when we win or score but I wont say what I’ve been called up the wrong end or on a bad day’

Thanks as ever for reading STMI

 

Welcome to The Vanarama Conference Premier – aka The People’s Premiership Football Bingo bunch of fives including the fixtures, last fives,  left peg synopsis, Simon Yeo’s result forecast and the Vanarama goal machines for Sat 4th October.  Enjoy fellow football fans enjoy we hope to make football Bingo part of your Saturday experience.

 

Vanarama Conference logo.png Barnet face Eastleigh who got a draw against 9- man Bristol Rovers after keeper Mildenhall and Clarke saw red.  The Bees look certain to stay top given The Dragons burned them to a cinder with 3-0 not exactly flattering the score. The Bees have actually been suffering with injuries during their recent romp to the top and returning goal machine Cook could feature.  Halifax entertain Altrincham after beating Alfreton 2-0 with both sides in the relegation zone.  The Shaymen have had an easy run with Telfor (5-0) the week before.

 

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWrexham now third may have to wait to progress then, although the trip to Torquay (4th) may have come at the right time for the Dragons. The Gulls were flying until Telford and Forest Green inflicted two defeats in a week. Two reds and injuries have not helped but with most returning this is the game of the day and a play-off six-pointer.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWoking went back to winning ways and should use the trip to Southport as a springboard in both their away form and a continued assault on the play-offs. Southport, beat Grimsby away 1-0 to move out of the drop zone on goal difference. Its a start but Simmo’s Imps could do with a Cards win as we go there Tuesday.

 

Vanarama Conference logo.pngBristol Rovers entertain Dover tomorrow and Dartford on Tuesday suggesting the next four days will see the giants of the division really prove their credentials. Dover have won two on the trot, conceding none and got three against Aldershot in midweek.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngGateshead also need to get back to winning ways after a draw at Lincoln, with Braintree the visitors. The Iron held Barnet 1-1 on Tuesday and Halifax 0-0 last week.  Great a passing side as the Heed is they will need to cut to the chase with Devonshire’s pride and joy.

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home win score draw Aldershot Town v Alfreton Town
home win home win Barnet v Eastleigh
home win home win Bristol Rovers v Dover Athletic
away win score draw Chester v Welling United
score draw score draw Dartford v Grimsby Town
home win home win FC Halifax Town v Altrincham
score draw score draw Gateshead v Braintree Town
home win home win Kidderminster Harriers v AFC Telford United
score draw away win Macclesfield Town v Forest Green Rovers
away win away win Nuneaton Town v Lincoln City
away win away win Southport v Woking
home win away win Torquay United v Wrexham

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Pos Hero Club
1 Scott Rendell Woking 8
2 John Akinde Barnet 7
2 Harry Beautyman Welling United 7
2 Lee Cook Barnet 7
2 Damian Reeves Altrincham 7
3 Scott Boden FC Halifax Town 6
3 Giuseppe Sole Woking 6
3 Brett Williams Aldershot Town 6

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 13 9 2 2 31 8 +23 29
2 FC Halifax Town 13 8 3 2 24 9 +15 27
3 Wrexham 13 8 1 4 18 14 +4 25
4 Torquay United 13 7 3 3 23 11 +12 24
5 Woking 13 7 3 3 21 12 +9 24
6 Bristol Rovers 13 7 3 3 16 12 +4 24
7 Gateshead 13 6 5 2 22 17 +5 23
8 Forest Green Rovers 13 6 4 3 17 12 +5 22
9 Kidderminster Harriers 13 6 3 4 16 10 +6 21
10 Braintree Town 13 6 2 5 19 12 +7 20
11 Macclesfield Town 13 5 5 3 14 10 +4 20
12 Eastleigh 13 5 5 3 21 19 +2 20
13 Grimsby Town 13 5 4 4 24 11 +13 19
14 Lincoln City 13 5 2 6 19 22 -3 17
15 Aldershot Town 13 4 4 5 13 15 -2 16
16 Chester 13 5 1 7 14 23 -9 16
17 Welling United 13 3 5 5 16 20 -4 14
18 Dartford 13 3 4 6 14 20 -6 13
19 Dover Athletic 13 4 1 8 13 22 -9 13
20 Southport 13 3 2 8 9 20 -11 11
21 Altrincham 13 3 2 8 13 29 -16 11
22 Alfreton Town 13 3 1 9 11 28 -17 10
23 Nuneaton Town 13 2 2 9 6 21 -15 8
24 AFC Telford United 13 1 3 9 18 35 -17 6

 

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Vanarama Conference Wrap Results Reports Tears Fears & Jeers.

Wrexham FC,  FC Halifax & Woking FC win, Barnet, Bristol Rovers and Gateshead FC draw.  Torquay UTD lose both the points and a couple to red cards again. The Vanarama Conference aka the People’s Premiership wrap certainly has much to amuse the baying hordes from Tuesday 30th September.  Let us take a look at the  results, crowds scorers and the all-new link to all the reports of today’s games from the local folk who were there and care.

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Braintree took a point battling point off Barnet after Weston’s cross for an early Akinde header had the Bees buzzing on twelve minutes. Stack could not quite keep out a Cox bullet-header just before the interval. Hamann brilliantly saved from Weston with Cox almost grabbing a second during an end to end affair in front of an impressive midweek 1167 crowd.

The FC Halifax  and Neil Aspin quest continues then? The second-placed Shaymen have now halved the Bee hive distance to two points after a 2-0 win at Alfreton. Smith did the roast and served up a cross for Ainge to lick his lips and head home in style after a dozen minutes. Then Boden made no mistake with a clinical finish to make the game safe.  Alfreton manager Nicky Law, bless him there should be a picture of him above the definition of optimist, felt:

“I thought we murdered them, played them to death with some good football and were far and away the better team.”

Neil Aspin diplomatically remained tight-lipped about his peers pearls of wisdom and the Port Vale link, with Micky Adams now a front runner for the job. Aspin does appear to want to finish the job here at the never grey Shay despite the obvious Valiant links. The incredible rise has been something of a personal crusade- that has seen The Shaymen remarkably return through the pyramid after some very dark days indeed.

Wrexham storm to third, Chester apart the Dragons are looking ominous after overcoming a resilient and talented Kidderminster Harriers, their squad still in tact after two of the owners honoured a commitment.  Not quite the picturesque game between the passing princes we expected but a great advert for the Conference showing a tougher side to the Dragons and Harriers. A super passing move found Moult who played in Durrell on 84 to fizz a daisy cutter home.

The Gulls were clipped again at Forest Green Rovers, now eighth after a 2-1 win. Acheampong gave Torquay the lead with a lovely lob on 22 minutes before Oshodi gave Parkin the opportunity to score from a very acute angle.  The Gulls saw the red mist again just before the half-time whistle when Courtney Richards got a second yellow.  The Gulls did get another half-time red as manager Hargreaves was sent to the stands for questioning a refereeing decision.  After losing two at Telford it was tough to take but the second-half was a valiant but uphill battle until Freer got free and found Norwood. He does not miss those and stroked home for the breakthrough 11 minutes from time.

Woking, aka The Cardinals, have found the divine inspiration they needed to get back to winning ways and thus rejoin the play-off posse. Bless my Sole Giuseppe got the winner right at the death with another fantastic free-kick after Nuneaton had parked the bus.  With Kevin Betsy back on the bench the Cards look good to stay fifth despite the battle of attrition coming up at Southport on Saturday

Garry Hill told BBC Surrey:

“It was a game we dominated for long periods and I was very pleased with the energy we played with and the tempo of the match. To score a goal so late and keep a clean sheet after the last 10 or 12 days we’ve been through, it was a big win for us.

Bristol Rovers game at Eastleigh is very much a case of last but not least with regard to the chasing pack as The Gas refused to give up their play-off place easily.  Backed by the travelling hordes Eastleigh got a seasonal high of 2600 plus and went ahead on thirty-three minutes through a Collins header after Rovers keeper  Mildenhall, saw red for bringing down McAllister outside the box. But Rovers battled and  earned a share of the spoils with a 35-yard wonder strike from Clarke. It was worth the gate money on its own and just as well too as Clarke then saw red late in the game.

The Results, Reports & Stats

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1871 AFC Telford Utd 1 2 Chester FC Report
STATS Grogan 19 . . Rooney 28  McConville 66 .
705 Alfreton Town 0 2 FC Halifax Town Report
STATS . . . Ainge 11 Boden 53 .
1817 Altrincham 1 0 Macclesfield Town Report
STATS Lawrie 90 . . . .
1167 Braintree Town 1 1 Barnet Report
STATS Cox 36 . . Akinde 12 .
797 Dover Athletic 3 0 Aldershot Town Report
STATS Sterling 22 Nanetti 54  Miller 69 .
2621 Eastleigh 1 1 Bristol Rovers Report
STATS Collins 33 . . Clarke 52 .
1365 Forest Green Rovers 2 1 Torquay United Report
STATS Parkin 34  Norwood 84 . Acheampong 22 .
3353 Grimsby Town 0 1 Southport Report
STATS . . . Richard Brodie 82 , .
2394 Lincoln City FC 1 1 Gateshead FC Report
STATS Anderson 55 . . Wright 63 .
1306 Welling United 2 2 Dartford Report
STATS J Fyfield 14 Beautyman 6 . . Bradbrook 36 , P Sweeney 9 , .
1313 Woking 1 0 Nuneaton Town Report
STATS Sole 91 . . . .
Attn: 3149 Wrexham 1 0 Kidderminster Harriers Report
STATS Durrell 84 . . . .

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The Table  

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P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Barnet 13 9 2 2 31 8 +23 29
2 FC Halifax Town 13 8 3 2 24 9 +15 27
3 Wrexham 13 8 1 4 18 14 +4 25
4 Torquay United 13 7 3 3 23 11 +12 24
5 Woking 13 7 3 3 21 12 +9 24
6 Bristol Rovers 13 7 3 3 16 12 +4 24
7 Gateshead 13 6 5 2 22 17 +5 23
8 Forest Green Rovers 13 6 4 3 17 12 +5 22
9 Kidderminster Harriers 13 6 3 4 16 10 +6 21
10 Braintree Town 13 6 2 5 19 12 +7 20
11 Macclesfield Town 13 5 5 3 14 10 +4 20
12 Eastleigh 13 5 5 3 21 19 +2 20
13 Grimsby Town 13 5 4 4 24 11 +13 19
14 Lincoln City 13 5 2 6 19 22 -3 17
15 Aldershot Town 13 4 4 5 13 15 -2 16
16 Chester 13 5 1 7 14 23 -9 16
17 Welling United 13 3 5 5 16 20 -4 14
18 Dartford 13 3 4 6 14 20 -6 13
19 Dover Athletic 13 4 1 8 13 22 -9 13
20 Southport 13 3 2 8 9 20 -11 11
21 Altrincham 13 3 2 8 13 29 -16 11
22 Alfreton Town 13 3 1 9 11 28 -17 10
23 Nuneaton Town 13 2 2 9 6 21 -15 8
24 AFC Telford United 13 1 3 9 18 35 -17 6

Nick Wright Has Worcester in His Sights.

Mansfield Town misfit Nick Wright opened his account at old haunt Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday to end a couple of years of tough times for a pacey goal-machine who is absolutely unplayable when his tail is up.  But once this lad gets on a run and teams start playing to his strengths he is a goal machine possessing electric pace and panache.  The rutting season has begun for the ex-Stag and Worcester are in his sights.

Rose Tinted’s heart is a flutter

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Despite being 6′ 3″ Nick is not the best in the air, preferring a ball to feet so that he can roast his man and hammer home with aplomb. Yet Mo Fofana’s elegant out-swinging peel – with the outside of his foot no less – saw him get a rare headed goal to open his account for the Imps.  If the two can take that into the Worcester game the Imps should bury a team at the same stadium that saw many of us crying into our delicious pies yesterday.  Despite the result Nick’s strike has come at just the right time for the player and the Imps who could not buy a goal of late. Lincoln had 14 shots yesterday, 1 goal, 7 others on target plus 6 further efforts going anywhere but the goal. Nicks 80th minute effort brought a 260 minute goal drought to an end.

Next week is the perfect game for Nick who got 27 goals in 79 games for Tamworth and 23 in 82 for Kidderminster before Cox signed him for the Stags off the back of a 15 goal season.  The Former England C hitman could not get past Green and co grabbing 1 goal in 5 starts plus 3 assists suggesting there is plenty more to Nick’s game. The former Lamb and England C forward is best served to the left or right of a trio.  

Impstatz 2013/14

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
10 Nick Wright 5 5 414 1 4 5 0 3 4 0 0

Mansfield 2012/13 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 5 14 531 1 7 5 3 1 0

Kidderminster 2011/12 stats 

Sq no Player  Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots off Shots on Assists YC RC
27 Nick Wright 23 20 2330 15 21 35 3 1 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nicholas Wright
DATE OF BIRTH 25 November 1987 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Birmingham, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)/ 11st 9 (75 kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker / winger
Current gig in the game
CLUB Lincoln City
NUMBER n/a
YOUTH CAREER
2001-2005 Birmingham City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2005–2007 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 5 (0)
2006 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Ashford Town (loan)
2007 Halesowen Town (loan)
2007–2010 Tamworth 79 (27)
2010–2012 Kidderminster Harriers 82 (23)
2012–13 Mansfield Town 17 (1)
International Appearances
2008– England C 1 (0)

Hatters, Harriers & Mariners Menacing Money’s Men

Luton Town and Kidderminster trail Cambridge United while Salisbury City ended Grimsby Town’s  Hurst inspired renaissance with a 1-0 win as they continue to astound.  STMI takes a look at our pre-season tips to return to the football League. For Lincoln ‘mind the gap please’ comes to mind.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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At the beginning of the season the STMI Big Fat Conference preview saw the title as a four horse race with the remaining play-off spot going anywhere in a Division where anyone could beat anyone.  With fifteen match-days completed how are Cambridge, Luton , Grimsby and Kidderminster doing and currently Salisbury look like nicking the Imps wild card?

Last 5’s PLD W D L F A GD Pts Ranked
Cambridge Utd 5 3 2 0 6 1 5 11 2
Luton Town 5 3 2 0 15 7 8 11 2
Kidderminster 5 3 2 0 8 2 8 11 3
Salisbury 5 3 1 1 7 5 2 11 5
Grimsby Town 5 3 0 2 11 5 6 9 9

So, the Hatters double six clicks, indeed, it appears to be going the one step beyond the non-league’s super-club needs. Luton, under John Still – going for a seventh promotion have won five and drawn two in an unbeaten seven match spree.  The Hatters have only lost twice all season beating The Harriers 2-0 at Aggborough as well as holding Cambridge and Grimsby 0-0 at home.  In those last seven The Hatters have scored 4 goals and three goals on three occasions. With Andre Gray back with a hat-trick last week you feel the Hatters are coming to the boil.  With Tamworth, Gateshead, Southport, Braintree and Chester to come the Hatters could be celebrating Christmas a month early.

Saturday’s opponents, Kidderminster Harriers, look set to continue with a young strike force against the Imps, but in truth they have goal creators and takers all over the park.  The Harriers are unbeaten in five, with just the one defeat in nine, suggesting last seasons fantastic run, that saw them just fail go win the title, has started ominously early.  If the Imps get a point on Saturday we should get the flags out, against a side that has an embarrassment of riches in every department even if Dance will miss this week and next in the cup. With Lincoln, Barnet, Woking, Macc and Wrexham to come, they only need a United wobble to pounce.

Cambridge have the most balanced and in-depth squad in the division, with old sage Money able to rest or rotate to beat the big or the passing sides in the division.  His resting of Cunnington and Sam-Yorke in the 0-0 at Chester, still sees the Black and Amber gamblers remain unbeaten and six points clear with 4 strikers more than able to come in,  Despite the embarrassment of riches up front, the U’s are not big scorers, perhaps due to the policy, with just the one sufficient on most occasions, but they are a hard working side with great experience running through the side. Whether that will be sufficient to avoid the inevitable wobble is anyone’s guess.  Little Salisbury will test that tomorrow, with Southport, Macc, Aldershot and Barnet to follow.

Paul Hurst’s Grimsby do look better without ‘Mr pointy and shouty’  even if successive 0-1 defeats against Cambridge United and Salisbury brought a free-scoring three match run to an end.  The Mariners certainly have quality and strength in depth too; the strike force boasts Hannah, hit-man-Hearn, Cooke and John Lewis, with a terrific midfield that will outplay most teams, but those defeats to top clubs and a 0-0 with Luton suggests the 4-4-1-1 may not accommodate all their strengths sufficiently to be anything but play-off contenders again.  The Mariners will beat Forest Green but Woking and Welling are useful, before Tamworth and Barnet come to Town.

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Cambridge United 15 10 5 0 23 6 +17 35
2 Kidderminster Harriers 15 9 2 4 24 16 +8 29
3 Luton Town 15 7 6 2 26 13 +13 27
4 Salisbury City 15 8 3 4 20 15 +5 27
5 Nuneaton Town 15 7 5 3 22 19 +3 26
6 Welling United 15 7 4 4 26 19 +7 25
7 Braintree Town 15 7 4 4 21 15 +6 25
8 Grimsby Town 15 7 3 5 20 15 +5 24
9 Barnet 15 5 7 3 24 18 +6 22
10 Lincoln City 15 6 4 5 16 12 +4 22
11 Gateshead 15 7 1 7 21 20 +1 22
12 FC Halifax Town 15 6 4 5 25 25 0 22
13 Alfreton Town 15 7 1 7 23 25 -2 22
14 Macclesfield Town 16 5 4 7 19 21 -2 19
15 Forest Green Rovers 15 5 3 7 28 26 +2 18
16 Southport 16 5 3 8 16 22 -6 18
17 Hereford United 15 4 5 6 15 17 -2 17
18 Wrexham 15 4 4 7 19 23 -4 16
19 Tamworth 15 4 4 7 13 21 -8 16
20 Dartford 15 4 3 8 14 24 -10 15
21 Woking 15 3 5 7 16 23 -7 14
22 Chester 15 3 4 8 11 21 -10 13
23 Aldershot Town (-10) 15 6 4 5 18 15 +3 12
24 Hyde 15 0 2 13 9 38 -29 2

Nick Knows The Sweet Smell of Lambs’ Success

Nick Wright tasted success at Tamworth FC before Mansfield Town and Kidderminster Harriers came calling, firing them to promotion to The Conference Premier, then Blue Square Premier.  Now close to fitness he is set to renew acquaintances with his old club and is determined to get off the mark.

Rose Tinted wishes Nick Wright well!

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Nick signed for the Lambs upon his release from Birmingham in 2007 and bagged 13 in his first and 10 in his second season at the club. He was a massive part of the promotion side that made it back into the BSP in 2008/9 delivering as many assists as he did goals. The first season back was a steep learning curve  with Gary Mills leaving him out of the Tamworth side before transfer listing him at the end of the 2009-10 season.

To the horror of the Lambs faithful local rivals Kidderminster stepped in and Nick would go on to rub salt into the mint sauce by bagging 8 in 2010/11 and 15 in 2011/12, despite  half of his appearances coming from the bench. It was of some surprise to Harriers fans that Cox was allowed to take him to Mansfield at the beginning of last season on a free too. Again he was used as an impact player with 1 goal in 5 starts and just 531 minutes to impress, with 9 short cameos from the bench.

Come on Nick destiny awaits –  tuck in son and feel free to ask for seconds and thirds! Nicky Wright! Wright! Wright!

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nicholas Wright
DATE OF BIRTH 25 November 1987 (age 25)
PLACE OF BIRTH Birmingham, England
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 11st 9 (75 kg)
PLAYING POSITION Striker / winger
CLUB
CURRENT CLUB Free agent
NUMBER n/a
YOUTH CAREER
2001-2005 Birmingham City
SENIOR STATS
YEARS Team Apps
(Gls)
2005–2007 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2006 Tamworth (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Bristol City (loan) 5 (0)
2006 Northampton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Ashford Town (loan)
2007 Halesowen Town (loan)
2007–2010 Tamworth 79 (27)
2010–2012 Kidderminster Harriers 82 (23)
2012– Mansfield Town 17 (1)
International Caps
2008– England C 1 (0)

Neil’s Stats on Wednesday

Nuneaton Town beat Hereford Utd 2-1,  Cambridge Utd drew 1-1 at Alfreton Town and Kidderminster won away at Tamworth 3-0 , but the Imps still sneak up to 4th thanks to a draw for Barnet, and defeats for Grimsby and Forest Green Rovers. It was another terrific team performance with Farman and Miller rating a 9 just behind Newton who edges it with a 10.

thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.

 

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To follow a combined stats on Wednesday, as ever lets get straight in ‘Boycie style’,  starting with the match stats & table plus the normal player ratings, minutes, fouls cards and of course concise heroes & villains (goal machines, creators & card collectors count). The full blow by blow a view from the Stacey West Match report is available here – it shows the Imps superiority, even though Southport had more shots off target,

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Tuesday 17th September KO 19.45

H/T 1-0

 scorers  26′ Miller

Attendance 1879   (1848 Imps 31 Sandgrounders)

Ref Mr Kavanagh

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The  teams & Schemes

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Simmo 4-2-3-1

Farman

Miller  Brown  Boyce Newton 

Fofana  Jordan     

Power Nolan Sheridan

Tomlinson 

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Substitutions

71 Wright on for Tomlinson 80 Dixon on for Sheridan 90 Foster on for Power.

The Bench 

15 Gray, 27 Foster, 17 Dixon, 9 Rowe, 10 Wright

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Wright goes 5-3-2

Hurst

4 Akrigg  2 Smith 18 George 

12 Challoner                                                    20 Fitzpatrick

26 Irie-Bi

10 Ledsham (Y-14)                                    6 Brown 

15 Hattersley 9 Tames 

*****

Substitutions

D/S 66 Almond on for Akrigg & Osawe for Hattersley 73 Milligan on for Irie-Bi.

The Bench 

7 Chalmers, 8 Milligan, 11 Almond 19 Stevenson, 21 Osawe

*****

Stats

Note:

shots on includes  goals and saves includes crosses claimed

*****

(thanks WIKI)

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51% Ball 49%

4 Shots on 3

4 Misses 6

3 Saves 5

10 Corners 5

5 Offside 3

5 Fouls 4

0 Yellows 1

0 Reds 0

 

 The Table 17/9/13

P W D L F A +/- PTS
1 Nuneaton Town 9 7 2 0 16 7 +9 23
2 Cambridge United 9 6 3 0 15 4 +11 21
3 Kidderminster Harriers 9 6 0 3 16 11 +5 18
4 Lincoln City 9 5 2 2 9 5 +4 17
5 Barnet 9 4 4 1 17 10 +7 16
6 FC Halifax Town 9 5 1 3 17 15 +2 16
7 Alfreton Town 9 5 1 3 15 13 +2 16
8 Forest Green Rovers 9 4 3 2 20 12 +8 15
9 Salisbury City 9 4 2 3 11 9 +2 14
10 Grimsby Town 9 4 2 3 9 10 -1 14
11 Luton Town 9 3 4 2 8 4 +4 13
12 Southport 9 4 1 4 10 13 -3 13
16 Hereford 9 3 2 4 11 12 -1 11

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Match stats

Sq No Starts Sub Mins Saves Let In C/S YC
1 Paul Farman  9  0  810  25  5  4  0
31 David Preece  0  0  0  0  0  0  0

Outfield Heroes

(nb: St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards) 
No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
2 Miller 5 0 450 1 1 0 0 4 6 1 0
3 Newton 9 0 810 0 4 4 4 7 3 1 0
4 Jordan 3 0 229 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
5 Boyce 8 0 720 1 3 3 1 14 5 1 0
6 Fofana 7 1 640 0 1 1 0 6 6 0  0
7 Fairhurst 4 0 311 2 3 6 0 2 1 0  0
8 Power 6 0 540 0 2 6 0 7 4 1 1
9 Rowe 5 2 429 1 6 6 0 6 4 2 0
10 Wright 2 2 146 0 2 1 0 2 3 0 0
11 Tomlinson 9 0 791 3 12 7 0 17 9 2 0
12 Sheridan 4 2 389 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 0
14 Yussuf 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
15 Gray 4 0 360 0 0 1 0 4 1 1 0
16 Robinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Nolan 8 0 810 1 7 4 0 7 5 0 0
20 Dixon 0 6 135 0 3 4 0 3 2 0 0
23 Brown 9 0 810 0 1 1 0 6 4 0 0
24 KK 0 0 0 0 0  0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Foster 5 3 428 0 1 3 0 9 7 1 0
29 Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards. 

 Heroes & Villains

Goal Machines   Card Collectors    
  Goals   Yel Red
Tomlinson 3 Power 1 1
Fairhurst 2 Rowe 2 0
Rowe 1 Tomlinson 2 0
Boyce 1 Boyce 1 0
Nolan 1 Gray 1 0
Miller 1 Foster 1 0
Assists   Miller 1 0
Newton 4 Newton 1 0
Boyce 1 Yussuf 1 0
Brown 1  

STMI Man of match awards 2013/14

 

  MOMS                      
  Foster 1                    
  Brown 1                    
  Newton 1 1 1 1              
  Boyce 1                    
  Fofana 1                    
  Tomlinson 1                    

STMI Average ratings.

As the season progresses STMI will detail up to the the last 7 appearances along with the Cumulative average and total.

Name                     Tot Ave
Farman 7 6 6 7 8 8 7 7 9   65 7.2
Miller       8 7 8 7 8 9   47 7.8
Newton 7 7 9 8 8 9 7 9 10   74 8.2
Jordan       7       8 8   23 7.7
Boyce 8 7 8 9 9 9 7 8 8   73 8.1
Fofana 7 6 8   10 8 7 8 8   62 7.7
Fairhurst     9   7 8 7       31 7.8
Power 6 7 7 7       9 8   44 7.3
Rowe   7 7 8 7 8 7 7     51 7.3
Wright 6 7           7 7   27 6.7
Tomlinson 6 7 8 8 9 9 8 8 8   71 7.9
Sheridan       7 7 7 7 8 8   44 7.3
Yussuf             7          
Gray 7 7 7   8           29 7.3
Robinson                        
Nolan 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 9 8   67 7.4
Dixon 7 7   7 7   8 7 7   50 7.1
Brown 8 9 8 8 9 8 7 8 7   72 8
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Foster 9 8 7 8 7 9 8   7   63 7.9
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The Mighty Imps 2013/14 Squad & Contract Status

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Goalkeepers

1  Paul Farman   (contracted to June 2015) 31 David Preece  (contracted to June 2014) 

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Defenders

Tom Miller  (contracted to June 2015)   3   Sean Newton   (contracted to June 2015) 5  Andrew Boyce   (contracted to June 2015)  15  Dan Gray,  (contracted to June 2014)  23 Nat Brown   (contracted to June 2014)   27 Luke Foster  (contracted to June 2014) 

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Midfielders

Todd Jordan  (contracted to June 2014)  6 Mamadou Fofana  (contracted to June 2014)  7  Wade Fairhurst   (contracted to June 2014)  Alan Power  (contracted to June 2015) 

Danny Rowe  (contracted to June 2014)  12 Jake Sheridan   (contracted to June 2014)  19 Jon Nolan   (contracted to June 2014)  24 Karl Cunningham  (contracted to Dec 2013) 

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Strikers

10 Nick Wright   (contracted to June 2014) 11 Ben Tomlinson  (contracted to June 2015)  14  Adi Yussuf   (contracted to June 2014) 16 Conner Robinson   (contracted to June 2014)  20 Bohan Dixon  (contracted to June 2014)  29 Jordan Thomas  (contracted to June 2014) 

Stags Champs But Welsh Football’s golden era to Continue As Swansea & Cardiff Show Wrexham & Newport The Way.

In a great year for Welsh football with Swansea City winning the Capital Cup and Cardiff  City finally joining the Premiership, there could yet be an all-Welsh Blue Square semi final, or better still Final.  A reversal of type perhaps,more Red in the Blue as opposed to the change from blue to red for Cardiff, to decide who will join the Stags in The Football League. The Stags, very much at the height of a rutting season, eye victory over Wrexham this evening, in front of an expectant 7,000 crowd, to pip Kidderminster to the title even if they beat Stockport. But if Grimsby then beat Newport, they will ensure two more games against the Exiles in the Play-offs. An all-Welsh final then to ice a great year for Wales with either shaped ball, after Wrexham took the FA Trophy home on penalties last month and England were burned by the Dragons at the Arms Park.

Have you signed our 3 up 3 down petition HERE yet? Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

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The Stags have sold every home ticket (just over 6,000) with The Dragons set to take around a thousand.  But even though the Dragons came from a goal down to win 2-1 just 16 days ago, surely lightning cannot strike twice? The Dragons beat the Harriers by the same score on Tuesday, with Kidderminster now entertaining a Stockport side desperate for a win to stand any chance of staying in the League. That the Hatters and Lincoln are vying to avoid a drop into the BSN is testament to the shocking shambles at both clubs.

Grimsby entertain Newport, with both guaranteed a play-off berth. Yet even a point for the Mariners would be enough to see them play each other in the play-off semi finals, if as STMI reckon, the Dragons lose against the Stags. Newport are the form side suggesting an all Welsh semi, but the Mariners magnificent support and mean defence are both worth at least a goal start.

Saturday 20 Apr
Mansfield v Wrexham 17:15
Grimsby v Newport County 17:15
Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 8 Mansfield Town 45 29 5 11 91 52 39 92
2 up 11 Kidderminster Harriers 45 27 9 9 78 40 38 90
3 down 3 Newport County AFC 45 25 10 10 85 57 28 85
4 up 7 Wrexham 45 22 14 9 74 44 30 80
5 down 5 Grimsby Town 45 22 14 9 67 38 29 80
6 down 6 Hereford United 45 18 13 14 69 63 6 67
7 down 7 Dartford 45 19 9 17 67 62 5 66
8 up 13 Forest Green Rovers 45 18 11 16 62 47 15 65
9 down 7 Luton Town 45 17 13 15 67 61 6 64
10 down 10 Braintree Town 45 18 9 18 62 72 -10 63
11 down 11 Woking 45 18 8 19 72 79 -7 62
12 down 12 Macclesfield Town 45 16 12 17 63 69 -6 60
13 down 3 Cambridge United 45 15 14 16 67 67 0 59
14 down 14 Alfreton Town 45 15 12 18 67 73 -6 57
15 down 15 Hyde FC 45 16 7 22 62 70 -8 55
16 down 16 Nuneaton 45 13 15 17 54 63 -9 54
17 down 17 Southport 45 14 12 19 71 83 -12 54
18 down 18 Lincoln City 45 14 11 20 61 72 -11 53
19 up 1 Gateshead 45 12 16 17 56 61 -5 52
20 down 4 Tamworth 45 14 10 21 53 68 -15 52
21 down 21 Stockport County 45 13 11 21 57 72 -15 50
22 down 7 Barrow 45 11 13 21 45 82 -37 46
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 45 8 15 22 55 87 -32 39
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 45 6 17 22 52 75 -23 35

Let’s Do The Maths Shall We?

When Stockport got a last gasp equaliser at Gateshead, thanks to Cirak’s 93 leveller, it left the Hatters needing to beat Kidderminster Harriers away  to have any chance of survival. Mansfield will want them to get a result too. as the Stags play Wrexham – a side that came from a goal down to beat them 2-1 recently. Tamworth drew at Ebbsfleet on Tuesday, to leave the Lambs and the Heed just a point behind the Imps and two clear of Stockport.

So The Hatters travel to Kidderminster who could still pip The Stags for promotion. But they will have to hope that the Imps lose by at least three whilst they win by at least two clear goals. Any less and the Imps would stay above them thanks to goals scored.

Should Stockport win at Kidderminster and Tamworth draw against Woking, they will still survive as both have a minus 15 goal difference going into the final day. If Gateshead get a point they will be safe as they are ten goals better off than the Hatters and Lambs.

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Saturday’s Day of Reckoning
AFC Telford v Hereford 17:15
Alfreton Town v Forest Green 17:15
Barrow v Braintree Town 17:15
Dartford v Nuneaton 17:15
Gateshead v Ebbsfleet United 17:15
Grimsby v Newport County 17:15
Hyde v Lincoln City 17:15
Kidderminster v Stockport County 17:15
Macclesfield v Cambridge Utd 17:15
Mansfield v Wrexham 17:15
Southport v Luton 17:15
Tamworth v Woking 17:15

 

BSP Standings 17/4/13

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 8 Mansfield Town 45 29 5 11 91 52 39 92
2 up 11 Kidderminster Harriers 45 27 9 9 78 40 38 90
3 down 3 Newport County AFC 45 25 10 10 85 57 28 85
4 up 7 Wrexham 45 22 14 9 74 44 30 80
5 down 5 Grimsby Town 45 22 14 9 67 38 29 80
6 down 6 Hereford United 45 18 13 14 69 63 6 67
7 down 7 Dartford 45 19 9 17 67 62 5 66
8 up 13 Forest Green Rovers 45 18 11 16 62 47 15 65
9 down 9 Braintree Town 45 18 9 18 62 72 -10 63
10 down 10 Woking 45 18 8 19 72 79 -7 62
11 down 9 Luton Town 44 16 13 15 65 61 4 61
12 down 12 Macclesfield Town 45 16 12 17 63 69 -6 60
13 down 3 Cambridge United 45 15 14 16 67 67 0 59
14 down 14 Alfreton Town 45 15 12 18 67 73 -6 57
15 down 15 Hyde FC 45 16 7 22 62 70 -8 55
16 down 16 Nuneaton 45 13 15 17 54 63 -9 54
17 down 17 Southport 45 14 12 19 71 83 -12 54
18 down 18 Lincoln City 45 14 11 20 61 72 -11 53
19 up 1 Gateshead 45 12 16 17 56 61 -5 52
20 down 4 Tamworth 45 14 10 21 53 68 -15 52
21 down 21 Stockport County 45 13 11 21 57 72 -15 50
22 down 7 Barrow 45 11 13 21 45 82 -37 46
23 down 1 Ebbsfleet United 44 8 15 21 55 85 -30 39
24 down 24 AFC Telford United 45 6 17 22 52 75 -23 35

Mansfield or Harriers + The Gowling Factor?

Ex-Gillingham and Lincoln star Josh Gowling has been the bedrock of the Harriers climb from bottom to top of the BSP. Mansfield may have the games in hand and the edge but Kidderminster Harriers have found the midas touch, for since joining his new team they have won 23 games, drawn 8 and lost  4, to have a record comparable to that of Manchester United and Barcelona. Then again the Stags have become invincible winning their last 5 home and 5 away games. The Cox blending process has not been without Just-in-time refinements along the way, but it is certainly coming good on the home straight.

STMI gives a run-down on Josh and the games to go before the BSP sends a fresh face to the Football League (who will more than likely turn down 3 up 3 down this summer)

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

Josh Gowling moved to the Imps from Gillingham, initially on loan before signing for Tilson permanently. He would endure relegation, criticism and more misery and turmoil, which he took in his stride before being rescued by Kidderminster at the end of the transfer window. The Harriers had lost all 5 games and were already adrift at the bottom, so frome the fying pan to the fire seamed apt. But it would be the Imps, eager to cut the wage bill and stay within a mean budget, that would struggle whilst the Harriers went on an unbeaten run of 8 games, from the day he made his début.

Manager Burr, had the talent in the side and the backing of an ambitious chairman, but they leaked goals.  Since those initial 8 games the form has got better and better with 20 more wins, 3 more draws and just 4 defeats.  Josh has quietly and consistently gone about his job becoming an important part of the furniture.  It is nothing more than one comes to expect of a consummate pro and a genuine bloke.

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BSP Standings 28/3/13

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 up 12 Kidderminster Harriers 41 23 9 9 69 37 32 78
2 up 7 Mansfield Town 38 24 5 9 75 46 29 77
3 up 8 Wrexham 38 20 12 6 69 36 33 72
4 down 4 Newport County AFC 38 21 7 10 74 53 21 70
5 down 5 Grimsby Town 38 18 11 9 56 32 24 65
6 up 15 Forest Green Rovers 39 17 10 12 57 40 17 61
7 down 7 Macclesfield Town 38 16 10 12 55 52 3 58
8 down 8 Hereford United 39 15 11 13 59 57 2 56
9 down 7 Luton Town 38 15 10 13 55 49 6 55

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The STMI last 5′s summary
Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points Relative Rank in BSP
Overall 5 4 1 0 14 6 8 13 2
Home 5 4 1 0 15 8 7 13 2
 Away  5 4 0 1 9 5 4 12 2

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March
Sat 30th Kidderminster v Braintree Town 15:00
April
Mon 1st Luton v Kidderminster 15:00
Sat 6th Kidderminster v Lincoln City 15:00
Sat 13th Wrexham v Kidderminster 17:15
Sat 20th Kidderminster v Stockport County 17:15

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With the Easter double-headers upon us, Mansfield certainly seem to hold all the aces.  The in-form Stags are a point behind with 3 games in hand and have won their last 5 home and away. Invincible you feel, with the title likely to be their’s.  Ambitious Chairman John Radford will see the desired return on his investment you feel, one that has seen the ground repurchased for the fans to boot.  Ahead of a fixture pileup between now and 9th April

 

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The STMI last 5′s summary
Played Won Drawn Lost Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points Relative Rank in BSP
Overall 5 5 0 0 11 3 8 15 1
Home 5 5 0 0 11 2 9 15 1
 Away  5 5 0 0 9 4 5 15 1

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March
Sat 30th Tamworth v Mansfield 15:00
April
Mon 1st Mansfield v Gateshead 15:00
Thu 4th Wrexham v Mansfield 19:45
Sat 6th Barrow v Mansfield 15:00
Tue 9th Mansfield v Macclesfield 19:45
Sat 13th Braintree Town v Mansfield 15:00
Tue 16th Hereford v Mansfield 19:45
Sat 20th Mansfield v Wrexham 17:15

STMI Prediction: It looks like one less Derby for the Imps, although Kidderminster will be firm favourites to follow them, albeit via the play offs.

Wrexham Form Suggests Imps Can Do Mansfield & Grimsby a Favour.

With Mansfield Town and Kidderminster now level on points and Newport County just 2 points back, Wrexham come to Sincil Bank desperate to put some breathing  space between them and the chasing pack. They also meet Lincs rivals Grimsby Town, who are just 3 points back with a game in hand, in the Trophy final later in this month at Wembley. Ex Imp Dean Keates is set to captain Wrexham against us , yet incredibly Simmo’s 18th placed resurgent Imps can do the double over them. A 4-2 win in October started a great run for the Imps and current form suggests they are anything less than on fire. However the biggest obsticle to three points for either side is the weather, with a pitch inspection TOMORROW morning at 11am

As usual our ban precludes us from being at the game, but a massive welcome to the travelling Dragons, thank you for reading the Form of the Foe courtesy of Neil Gentleman-Hobbs 

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Tuesday  12th March K.O 7.45 pm

Saturday  8th March K.O 3 pm

Away Fans Prices Adults £18 Cons £11 U18 £7 Lincolnshire Co Op (Cap 1800)

Home Fans pricing Here

GROUND GUIDE

 

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The Dragons sit top, by virtue of goal difference whilst the Imps sit 18th. They are level on points with the Stags and Kidderminster who won at the Mariners (1-3) on Saturday. Newport sit fourth after a disappointing 1-1 draw at basement boys Ebbsfleet. The Dragons lost 2-1 at Dartford whilst the Imps beat as all around or below them drew or lost.

Wrexham 35 19 11 5 33 68
Lincoln City 36 10 10 16 -10 40
Stockport 36 10 9 17 -14 39
Barrow 35 9 10 16 -27 37
Hyde 36 10 6 20 -14 36
Nuneaton 35 8 12 15 -16 36
Ebbsfleet 34 7 11 16 -23 32
AFC Telford 37 5 15 17 -15 30

 

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In reality Wrexham’s form is good, the Dragons have won 5 of their last 7, but it is the faltering of Grimsby and those around them plus the momentum of Mansfield and the Harriers that has seen them only first in terms of League position. But then that is what counts in a marathon.  The defeat at Dartford on Saturday and Gainsborough in the Trophy (they came through 3-2 on aggregate) has exposes chinks in Morrell’s bullish 4-3-3. The Imps conjured a win by exploiting this with many at the time suggesting new Gaffer Simmo’s advise and formation expertise, played a part.  The Dragons are a pleasure to watch going forward, however the midfield and central defence can be routed on the counter.

Recent Results (last game 1st) Results breakdown
Dartford 2                    
Wrexham 1   G W D L F A GD Pts Position
Wrexham 4 Home  17 9 6 2 40 20 20 33 5
Ebbsfleet 1 Away  18 10 5 3 26 13 13 35 1
Wrexham 1 Overall  35 19 11 5 66 33 33 68 1
Alfreton 1 The last 5′s
Barrow 0   G W D L F A GD Pts Position
Wrexham 1 Overall 5 3 1 1 8 4 4 10 4
Gateshead 0 Home  5 2 3 0 12 7 5 9 5
Wrexham 1 Away 5 3 1 1 4 2 2 10 5
Hereford 0 Form By Month
Wrexham 1   G W D L F A GD Pts Position
Wrexham 3 January 4 2 2 0 7 4 3 8 5
Stockport 1 February 5 4 1 0 6 1 5 13 3
March 3 1 1 6 4 2  4 8

 

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Highest Home Gate 4330 Telford
Lowest home gate 2390 Ebbsfleet
Average Home Gate 3526  
Total Turnstile Clicks 56,431  

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Heroes Goals   Assists
Wright 14 Keates 9
Ciezlewicz/Ogleby 6 Wright 8
Ormerod/Ashton 6 Ashton 7
Harris/Clarke 4 Hunt
3 lads on 3 Ormerod
Villains Yellows   Reds
Keates 11 Harris 2
Harris 9 Ashton 
Ashton 7  Wright 1
Wright 6  Keates 1
Hunt 4  Mayebi 1
YELLOWS 57  REDS  6

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Keeper corner- Chris Maxwell

Chris Maxwell has come in for Josh Mayebi and made the position his own for the last 10 games (8 BSP & 2 FAT). Chris has kept 4 clean sheets, that’s half of his 8 BSP appearances. Trinity exposed his weakness and hesitancy with crosses, although he is a brave lad with terrific reactions. His inability to be anything more than a bench-warmer at Fleetwood is very much the Dragons’ gain.

Games Sub Conceded Saves Mins Played Clean sheets Mins per goal Yc’s Rc’s
10 0 8 34 900 4 112.5 3 0