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Vanarama Premiership Previews, Fixtures Forecasts & Form

Barnet FC,  Torquay United,  FC Halifax,  Bristol Rovers,  Gateshead & Wrexham FC lead the pack with Woking FC, Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green Rovers, Macclesfield Town and and Eastleigh FC chasing. The Pulsating People’s Premiership plays out again this Tuesday with heroes and villains putting life and limb on the line for their living.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Vanarama Conference logo.pngEven though many of the lovers and fighters of the People’s Premiership have not got their breath back from the weekend, its a full programme again on the  morrow. Barnet go to Braintree fresh from a 0-0 that put high-flying Halifax in their place. Once Christened the pub team from Essex the Iron are climbing again, perched 11th with enough Devonshire  magnetism to pull any team apart.   Not exactly brown and mild and a pass round of a capstan full strength at half time nowadays but this is a derby fixture suggesting a clash of cultures where anything can happen. Mad Dod also has a 124 goal a season man up his sleeve. That sleeve must on a par with a clowns pocket, or maybe even a magician’s one because he is storing more fire-power than Guy Fawkes on a night out in Westminster.

Vanarama Conference logo.png The Shaymen will be beating their boss drum then? Apologies showing my age a bit there. Halifax have climbed back to second by virtue of the Braintree stalemate at the weekend and will hope to stay there with a trip to Alfreton. The Reds lost 1-0 at Dover after a 1-0 home win over Nuneaton but who would fancy them to get any points against Aspin’s finely tuned machine even if the Port Vale job may be tugging at his heart strings a little.  An end to the run that was looking as lengthy as a flight south for Gulls then Yes Torquay were finally stopped by the referee twice and  the Bucks shot four times. The Gulls went down to nine men as the wheels came of at Telford. They still only lost by the odd goal in seven but Forest Green could pose some problems as the Green Army pushed Barnet all the way before going down 1-2 at home to the Bees.

Vanarama Conference logo.png Bristol Rovers could make up over half the 3500 crowd at Eastleigh tonight following an additional 300 tickets on top of the ground being granted a licence to hold more fans. With building work not yet complete Eastleigh did not want to miss out on a pay-day.  Although the teams are a 100 miles apart this is a bit of a local one with the stuttering spitfires determined to regain that early season optimism. The Dragons slayed them 3-0 on Saturday but they are a different animal on their own battle of Britain patch. A big performance and a big win for the Gas that could see them saying amen to second or third depending on results for the Gulls and the Shaymen.

Vanarama Conference logo.png The Imps must Heed the Tynesiders who will come crashing at the gates of Impdom tomorrow night. Although a win halted the slide on Saturday with that great 10-man win over Macclesfield, we face a side very much on the rise. It is as if the clubs trajectory is a mirror of each other in all honesty. The Imp in me says a backs to the wall win, the realistic feels Gateshead could be anywhere between second and fourth tomorrow.

Vanarama Conference logo.png If anyone does slip, the Dragons or Harriers could pounce. Wrexham host Kidderminster in a massive between two quality sides that look destined to be there or thereabouts.  Wrexham blew a play-off berth last week despite dominating at Chester. Buoyed by Wilkin’s intentions to stay whether Tranmere make a move or not.  They have to win as Woking will get back to winning ways against Nuneaton.

 

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Tuesday 30th September 2014
Score draw AFC Telford United v Chester
Away win Alfreton Town v FC Halifax Town
score draw Altrincham v Macclesfield Town
Away win Braintree Town v Barnet
Home win Dover Athletic v Aldershot Town
Away win Eastleigh v Bristol Rovers
Away win Forest Green Rovers v Torquay United
Home win Grimsby Town v Southport
Draw Lincoln City v Gateshead
Home win Welling United v Dartford
Score draw Woking v Nuneaton Town
Home win Wrexham v Kidderminster Harriers

 

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Conference Table
P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 12 9 1 2 30 7 +23 28
2 FC Halifax Town 12 7 3 2 22 9 +13 24
3 Torquay United 12 7 3 2 22 9 +13 24
4 Bristol Rovers 12 7 2 3 15 11 +4 23
5 Gateshead 12 6 4 2 21 16 +5 22
6 Wrexham 12 7 1 4 17 14 +3 22
7 Woking 12 6 3 3 20 12 +8 21
8 Kidderminster Harriers 12 6 3 3 16 9 +7 21
9 Macclesfield Town 12 5 5 2 14 9 +5 20
10 Grimsby Town 12 5 4 3 24 10 +14 19
11 Braintree Town 12 6 1 5 18 11 +7 19
12 Forest Green Rovers 12 5 4 3 15 11 +4 19
13 Eastleigh 12 5 4 3 20 18 +2 19
14 Aldershot Town 12 4 4 4 13 12 +1 16
15 Lincoln City 12 5 1 6 18 21 -3 16
16 Welling United 12 3 4 5 14 18 -4 13
17 Chester 12 4 1 7 12 22 -10 13
18 Dartford 12 3 3 6 12 18 -6 12
19 Dover Athletic 12 3 1 8 10 22 -12 10
20 Alfreton Town 12 3 1 8 11 26 -15 10
21 Southport 12 2 2 8 8 20 -12 8
22 Nuneaton Town 12 2 2 8 6 20 -14 8
23 Altrincham 12 2 2 8 12 29 -17 8
24 AFC Telford United 12 1 3 8 17 33 -16 6

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Vanarama Conference Premier Fans Forums

STMI have compiled the Vanarama  Conference Premier clubs main fans forums for 2014/15 for AFC Telford,  Aldershot Town,  Alfreton,  Altrincham, Barnet FC,  Braintree Town,  Bristol Rovers,  Chester,  Dartford,  Dover Athletic,  Eastleigh, Forest Freen Rovers, Gateshead FC,  FC Halifax,  Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Lincoln City,  Macclesfield Town,  Southport FC,  Torquay United, Welling,  Woking and Wrexham . As ever if we have missed any or you want to be added just leave a link in the comment box at the bottom of the article. For those wanting to check out those who have left the fold last years list is below that of this season. It is well worth stopping by the Hereford and Salisbury sites.

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngSo what are we all talking about? Do our beloved teams give us nice dreams, fill us with screams or are we gossiping about those behind the scenes? Here are the forums the chat rooms warts and all……………..

Club Forum name and link
Aldershot http://www.shotsweb.co.uk/mb/viewforum.php?f=1
Alfreton http://www.alfretontownfc.com/forum/default.asp
Altrincham http://www.altyfans.co.uk/index.php?
Barnet FC http://www.onlybarnet.com/forum/
Braintree http://braintreeforum.proboards.com/index.cgi
Bristol Rovers http://www.gasheads.org/board/2/gas-guzzler
Chester FC http://www.devachat.com/
Dartford http://puredfc.com/site/
Dover Athletic http://doverathletic.freeforums.org/dafc-discussion-f3.html
Eastleigh http://tssc-eastleighfc.proboards.com/board/5/eastleigh-fc-unofficial-talk
FC Halifax http://www.theshaymen.net/ipb/
Forest Green Rovers http://forum.fgrfc.net/
Gateshead http://www.heedarmy.co.uk/
Grimsby http://www.thefishy.co.uk/cgi-bin/forum/Blah.pl?b-B2/
Kidderminster http://www.harriers-online.co.uk/forum/index.php?
Lincoln City http://www.facebook.com/groups/162363193834614/or http://www.lincoln.vitalfootball.co.uk/forum/forums/forum-view.asp?fid=5
Macclesfield http://fansonline.net/macclesfieldtown/mb/
Nuneaton http://forums.footballwebpages.co.uk/forum.jsp?id=14
Southport http://www.portchat.net/
Torquay Utd http://forum.torquayfans.com/viewforum.php?f=3&sid=73c96757fc10e54ba44fc6f5dffedb0f
Telford http://z6.invisionfree.com/Bucks_Chat/index.php?
Welling United http://wellingunited.activeboard.com/
Woking http://www.cardsboard.co.uk/
Wrexham http://www.redpassion.co.uk/forums/

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For those wanting to check out those who have left the fold here is last years list. It is well worth stopping by the Hereford and Salisbury sites.

Conference top Forums 2013/14
http://www.shotsweb.co.uk/mb/viewforum.php?f=1 Aldershot
http://www.alfretontownfc.com/forum/default.asp Alfreton
http://www.onlybarnet.com/forum/ Barnet FC
http://braintreeforum.proboards.com/index.cgi Braintree
http://www.cambridgefansunited.org/ Cambridge Utd
http://www.devachat.com/ Chester FC
http://puredfc.com/site/ Dartford
http://www.theshaymen.net/ipb/ FC Halifax
http://forum.fgrfc.net/ Forest Green Rovers
http://www.heedarmy.co.uk/ Gateshead
http://www.thefishy.co.uk/cgi-bin/forum/Blah.pl?b-B2/ Grimsby
http://unofficialbulls.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=general Hereford
http://www.hydefans.co.uk/ Hyde FC
http://www.harriers-online.co.uk/forum/index.php? Kidderminster
http://www.facebook.com/groups/162363193834614/ Lincoln City
http://members.boardhost.com/lutonoutlaws/ Luton
http://fansonline.net/macclesfieldtown/mb/ Macclesfield
http://forums.footballwebpages.co.uk/forum.jsp?id=14 Nuneaton
http://www.salisburycitysupporters.co.uk/whitesonline.html Salisbury City
http://www.portchat.net/ Southport
http://www.tamworthfans.co.uk/Default.aspx?g=topics&f=1 Tamworth
http://wellingunited.activeboard.com/ Welling United
http://www.cardsboard.co.uk/ Woking
http://www.redpassion.co.uk/forums/ Wrexham

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.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Go on get down to a game this weekend witness the ultimate and only cheap antidote to reality TV…..  the People’s Premiership is the peoples game in the flesh.

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.

 

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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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The FL72 V Conference Crowd & Cash Comparison – Mind The Gap Or 3 up 3 down?

Barnet  & FC Halifax; Torquay United,  Bristol Rovers, Gateshead, Macclesfield Town, Forest Green Rovers and Eastleigh are currently pushing for a place in the Football League.  But how big is the gulf between The Football league and The Conference? Is there justification for avoiding increasing the promotion places from two to three or even four?  The comparison between the home attendances Sky Bet League 2 and the Vanarama Conference Premier suggests quite a few would easily bridge the gap on current crowds, before the away support factor is included.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

TV cash (£665,000 per club in League 2) and money men aside –  the survival chances should logically be determined by the size of the playing budget.  Promoted clubs can expect the away support to increase by around 400 per game, so,  is it a question of mind the gap or a call to arms for the long overdue introduction of three up three down when it comes to promotion and relegation between the 72 and the Conference?

For the optimists and pragmatists on the debating team, is it time to replace those broken away end seats and plain sailing for the promoted? Is it a question of we are all right Jack, safe and sound at our natural level, the big fish in a parochial pond? Perhaps it might even be and doom and gloom for those going down and staying down because those two slots are a slim fit ifor those cautious comfy if not quite fat cats? Indeed is it in some clubs perceived wisdom or interest to stay in the Conference or is that the way to rack and ruin?

League 2 Ave Pos Vanarama Conf Ave
Portsmouth (9) 15379 1 Bristol Rovers 5639
Luton Town (18) 8162 2 Grimsby Town 3592
Plymouth Argyle (13) 7391 3 Wrexham 3477
Southend United (7) 5775 4 Lincoln City 3069
Oxford United (22) 5181 5 Chester 2274
Tranmere Rovers (15) 4875 6 Torquay United 2119
Shrewsbury Town (6) 4817 7 Aldershot Town 2084
Carlisle United (24) 4636 8 Kidderminster Harriers 1961
Northampton Town (5) 4319 9 FC Halifax Town 1732
Cambridge United (11) 3985 10 Forest Green Rovers 1645
AFC Wimbledon (12) 3681 11 Woking 1624
Exeter City (23) 3571 12 Barnet 1621
York City (16) 3371 13 AFC Telford Utd 1540
Wycombe Wanderers (3) 3179 14 Gateshead 1423
Hartlepool United (21) 3163 15 Eastleigh 1416
Bury (2) 3138 16 Macclesfield Town 1345
Newport (17) 2994 17 Altrincham 1213
Mansfield Town (10) 2660 18 Dartford 1093
Burton (1) 2530 19 Dover Athletic 944
Cheltenham Town (8) 2430 20 Braintree Town 923
Stevenage (14) 2236 21 Southport 923
Dagenham & Redbridge (19) 1831 22 Nuneaton Town 833
Morecambe (4) 1815 23 Alfreton Town 612
Accrington 1614 24 Welling United 549

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STMI Conference Premier Match Reports, Results, Scorers, Crowds & Table

Five For Barnet  & FC Halifax; Torquay United,  Bristol Rovers, Macclesfield Town, Forest Green Rovers and Eastleigh all triumph yet again but Gateshead draw and must now Heed, for, despite those seven strikers on the books, the chasing pack are at the Gates of Geordieland the Noo.  Time to drink some real beer smerk some tabs and have a gander at today’s People’s Premiership…..that tarnished golden brown place where  jumpers for goalposts and goals seen through sepia, or should that be weepier, eyes are like London buses. Here footballers are real men and style, guile and a naughty step smile,  going hand in hand with all year facial hair not Movember bum-fluff or designer stubble – and if you get in their way there is gonna be trouble.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Vanarama Conference logo.png First to the Hive, with Mad-Dogs men, minus young MacDonald,  hitting Altrincham for five as Akinde grabs a first half hat-trick. Two were from the spot but the visitors did not know what hit them as the bees swarmed in sting, sting sting… etc etc.  (full report below) The Shaymen slayed Telford  5 nil too suggesting their manager may well pack all the players kit bags himself during Sunday training and burn their jock-straps to boot.  The Halifax début of Hattersley ( 2 today) almost put Smith’s volley, Boden’s flick and Marshall’s bullet in the shade (full report below).  The Gulls stay second a point and a single goal separating the goal difference with Halifax, sitting third after another two goals for and none conceded against Dover. Bristol Rovers, the loud and chests puffed proud, expanding gas, all 6,000 of them, can smell the play-offs wafting up their channel. Cunnington chimed early on three against in-form Woking then Marshall struck late, to shoot the sheriff in his normal nuke-em fashion. Ah the passion…….

Vanarama Conference logo.png Got your taste buds going?  Hopefully so and welcome to the STMI Vanarama Conference Premier Saturday wrap, with all the attendances scorers and match reports on every game in the People’s  Premiership. We thank you for your reads and salute every home and away fan that went today – long live the Conference and the grass roots game. Enjoy fellow football fans enjoy………

Vanarama Conference logo.png Click on result to the right of the results below for the match report.  

1582 Aldershot Town 1 0 Lincoln City FC Report
. B Williams 31 . . .
600 Alfreton Town 1 0 Nuneaton Town Report
. Mellor 62 . . .
1516 Barnet 5 0 Altrincham Report
. Luisma 12 Akinde 30 pen & 44 pen 45+4 Hoskins 49 , . . .
6028 Bristol Rovers 2 0 Woking Report
. Cunnington 3 Mansell 86 , . . .
1003 Dartford 1 2 Forest Green Rovers Report
. Cornhill 95 . . Marcus Kelly 56 Hughes 69 BBC Report
1131 Eastleigh 1 0 Braintree Town Report
. S Fleetwood 35 . . .
1519 FC Halifax Town 5 0 AFC Telford Utd Report
. A Smith 12 Hattersley 14 & 93 Boden 67 Marshall 86 . . .
2093 Kidderminster Harriers 0 1 Grimsby Town Report
. . . . Oates 85
1450 Macclesfield Town 3 0 Southport Report
. Turnbull 22 , Waterfall 9 & 42 . . .
2363 Torquay United 2 0 Dover Athletic Report
. Downes 35 Essam 91 og, . . .
536 Welling United 1 1 Gateshead FC Report
. Beautyman 5 . . Finnigan 50

Vanarama Conference logo.pngVanarama Conference Premier Table

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 10 6 1 3 13 12 +1 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 10 3 1 6 10 18 -8 10
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

Nottingham Forest & Notts County Thoroughbred Wins The Lincolnshire

Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood always saw Hamza Bencherif as one for the future, but alas even though Hamza came up through the youth system to earn a three year pro deal, he never made it at the club that took him from his adopted homeland France.  Between 2006 and 2009 Nottingham Forest was a different animal to the one at the top of the Championship this weekend. Back then Calderwood had to get them back in it and, then struggle to keep them up. Hamza kept up and on 88 minutes thumped home Newton’s corner to defeat the fishy foe and silence 1800 Grimbarians behind that very net. Such was the emotion the first three rows of the Lincolnshire Co Op Stand have pledged their daughters virtues out of  admiration and respect.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Hamza was actually born and brought up in the suburbs of Paris where the Forest scouts got wind of him as a cultured kid at Guingamp on the Peripherique.  The strong lad had broken into the reserves and featured regularly from an early age. Young Bencherif played seven games for the Algerian under 21’s in 2005-6 and, it was decided that he would go on loan to Lincoln City, to get some valuable game time. That was when the Imps love affair with the giant of a man began. Unable to get into Colin Calderwood’s Nottingham Forest side, the manager kindly agreed to a months loan to get the Algerian under 20 international some much needed match practice. He  would work under Johns, Schofield and Deehan,  for just 13 days before they started the Imps annual October manager merry-go-round trend.  Hamza started, the day he joined, on Oct 2nd v Bury, then scored in the 2-4 defeat at home to Chesterfield.  He was brave, he was popular, but a lack of pace and youthful nativity exposed him at the centre of an Imps defence that was ransacked more regularly than Rome.

Despite hopes that he would sign full-time in both the January and the summer, a move failed to materialise. Peter Jackson did try on both occasions but money was tight and he was always, frustratingly for both managers, on the verge of breaking into the Forest first team .  No doubt Matt Alexander, still a close friend, played a part in Macclesfield securing his services in the summer of 2009. Matt even Tweeted his best regards upon his release from Notts County.  In his natural centre midfield berth he was magnificent, although a leg break against Rochdale, in December, brought a promising season to a close.  He was fit and raring to go for 2010/11 banging in 11 goals, including a brace against Burton.

Martin Allen (alerted by Schofield and perhaps Matt, son of KA) made Hamza an offer that Macclesfield could not match in June 2011 and he signed a two-year deal starting 17 times with 8 substitute appearances, scoring against Bournemouth and Rochdale.  Some poetic justice there of sorts in a 1-0 win.  He was popular with the fans, his endurance endears as much as his bravery. Incoming Keith Curle, who signed 12 players in the Summer of 2012, also rated him highly, although Hamza would be little more than a bench warmer this season.  He would only play 11 times, all starts and thanks to injuries, in a promotion chase that fizzled, costing Curle his job in March. Chris Kimonya gave him 1 minute of action away at Doncaster before deciding to release him at the end of the 2013 season.

With Simmo back at Lincoln City Hamza was on the verge of a second loan spell at the Imps in March 2013, until a mysterious MLS club scuppered the chance of Simmo securing a unique loan treble of  Macclesfield Town heroes – Hamza (then at County), Tony Diagne and Nat Brown.   Patience clearly comes to those who wait then Simmo?  Last summer Lincoln missed out again, as did Hamza, in the end electing  to join Plymouth i n September on a short-term deal .  JS Kabylie came in for him with an 18 month contract in the January window offering a return to Algeria. Bencherif bagged a unique runners up double last term with medals in Algerian Ligue 1 and the Coupe Nationale.

His somewhat surprising arrival back at Lincoln has been a long time coming, finally linking up with Diagne and Brown to form a spine that threatened League 2 promotion for Macclesfield until the injury list and player sales caught up with the dream.  But Hamza, still only 26, is at his peak, proving, pace apart, that he is the complete Conference Premier central midfielder. Thus far he has scored in each of his last four games for Lincoln.  The Thoroughbred may not win the sprints but over a 46 match marathon you can bet your house on him to shine this season. A dark horse for player of the season maybe, but he is the spine that is allowing Nolan and the rest to glow. It’s getting brighter too with Lincoln also set to be there or thereabouts this season.

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Bencherif in 2012
Personal information
Full name Hamza Bencherif
Date of birth 2 February 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Current gig in the game
Current team
Lincoln City
Number 5
Youth career
 – Guingamp
 – Nottingham Forest
Senior stats (all comps)
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
2007 Lincoln City (loan) 12 (1)
2009–2011 Macclesfield Town 60 (16)
2011–2013 Notts County 40 (2)
2013–2014 Plymouth Argyle 9 (1)
2014 JS Kabylie 12 (0)
2014– Lincoln City 7 (4)
National team
2005–2006 Algeria U20 7 (1)

Halifax Leapfrog Barnet With Lincoln, Torquay & Bristol Rovers Closing

FC Halifax returned to the top thanks to a draw at Macclesfield Town, although Barnet play tonight in the live one on BT Sport.  Lincoln City pipped Bristol Rovers to the highest crowd of the night, as well as neighbours Grimsby Town in a five goal thriller.  Rovers go to Sincil Bank on Saturday after a Monkhouse strike settled the Conference giants nerves. Woking FC and Torquay United are starting to look very strong indeed.

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Halifax took the lead at Macc when Boden silenced the critics at his old club pouncing on a spill following a powerful Jackson effort. Five minutes later, Gnahoua, turned on a sixpence to fire into the far corner.  Aldershot and Woking was watched by another terrific Tuesday night crowd in the Conference – 3567.  Life and Sole,  Giuseppe, got a thirty-five yard screamer of a set-piece on seventy minutes to bring the house down and settle a tight derby. The Woking wild Cards have won four on the bounce now, sitting third and unbeaten, after inflicting the first home defeat of the season on their new local rivals.

Gateshead came from a goal down to bag four in reply thanks to an Akrigg own goal on 10 before Turnbull 13′ Wright 35′ and Guy 52′  rounded off the rout.  Torquay, seven unbeaten now, are certainly looking menacing with another comfortable win at Chester.  The refereeing at this level came under scrutiny again when Evans sent off Kay only to retract it when he realised it was in fact his first yellow.  Downes headed home a Young corner before Bowman unleashed one of his trademark drives to win it.

Connor got the only goal for Souphport midway through the first half. Despite Brodie seeing red the previously unbeaten Harriers failed to get off the ground in this one.  Eastleigh drew at Dartford suggesting the early season gloss may start to tarnish.

 

 Att Fixture Home scorers Away scorers
3567 Aldershot 0-1 Woking Sole 70′
562 Alfreton 1-1 Altrincham Ironside 42′ Perry 89
5082 Bristol R 1-0 Wrexham Monkhouse 34′
1954 Chester 0-2 Torquay Downes 61′, Bowman 78
806 Dartford 2-2 Eastleigh Bradbrook 55′, Crawford 90′ Collins 13′ (pen), Constable 22′
1093 Gateshead 4-1 Telford Akrigg 10′ (og) Turnbull 13′Wright 35′ Guy 52′ Clancy 2′
5209 Lincoln 3-2 Grimsby Burrow 8′ Newton 57′(pen) Bencherif 88′ Disley 43′ Pittman 59′
1509 Macc 1-1 Halifax Gnahoua 56′ Boden 51′
789 Nuneaton 1-0 FGR John 75 Report
769 Southport 1-0 Harriers Connor 26′ Report
506 Welling 2-1 Braintree Bush 48′ Beautyman 79′ Cox 15′

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 The Table

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

Conference Preview: Derbies, Dragons, Imps? It’s Time for Mythical creatures and Heroes Tonight

Woking FC, Kidderminster Harriers, Eastleigh, Gateshead FC, Wrexham FC and Grimsby Town will look to get into the play-off spots on a night where the emotions of local derbies could play a big part.  We preview the games for tonight  – love and peace to all people’s premiership fans.

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With Barnet facing Dover in the live one on Wednesday FC Halifax will be hoping the manager of the month curse will not curtail the bid to go top at Macclesfield Town.  It wont be easy in a derby atmosphere although Macc lost their first game of the season at Chester (0-1) on Non-League day, whereas Aspin’s Shaymen went to Chester and humiliated them 3-0. Macc beat Eastleigh the week before and have four clean sheets under their belt, with ex-Imp Fairhurst on fire.

The Mariners manager is already playing the ‘please be strong ref ‘ card ahead of the trip to Lincoln . The Lincolnshire Derby has never been one for the faint hearted, the incredibly named yellow bellies have changed the confrontation from Christmas so the cards and cash can come early. He has a point there have been six red cards in the last six games –  a score of three all.

Woking travel to Aldershot in another derby fixture that will test that unbeaten record that has seen a climb to third. Kidderminster, in third, will not relish a trip to Southport, who are not the force they have been these last few years. Then again the Harriers wont be if the financial rumours and threat to the playing budget is true.  Surprise package Eastleigh could top fifth by tonight, with a long trip to Dartford, down in 20th and struggling.

 

Gateshead look ready to pounce and, at the very least leapfrog a few, with a plumb home clash with Telford, second from bottom and struggling to adjust to the sunnier climbs of the People’s Premiership.  So do Wrexham, although a tough trip to Bristol Rovers, will be a real test, for the Dragons.

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Bristol Rovers v Wrexham
Chester FC v Torquay United
Dartford v
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Gateshead FC v AFC Telford Utd
Lincoln City FC v Grimsby Town
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Nuneaton Town v Forest Green Rovers
Southport v Kidderminster Harriers
Welling United v Braintree Town

 

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

Skrill Premier Goal Machines

The Aldershot Town, Barnet FC, Luton Town (x2) Macclesfield Town and Welling FC hotshots are being trumped by Nuneaton Town striker Louis Moult (9 goals) and at the moment in the race for the STMI Skrill Premier muddy boot prize. Aldershot’s Brett Williams is second along with Barnet’s Keanu Marsh-Brown on 7 strikes after his penalty decider against the Imps

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Luton have two players in joint fourth with Luke Guttridge and Andre Gray on 6 goals apiece along with Cambridge Utd’s Adam Cunnington Macclesfield’s Connor Jennings and Welling’s Ross Lafayette. Ross’s team-mate Lee Clarke is just a goal behind on five along with Ben Tomlinson sitting joint 9th.

Top 20 SPL Goal Machines

1 Louis Moult Nuneaton Town 9
2 Brett Williams Aldershot Town 7
  Keanu Marsh-Brown Barnet 7
4 Luke Guttridge Luton Town 6
  Ross Lafayette Welling 6
  Adam Cunnington Cambridge United 6
  Andre Gray Luton Town 6
  Connor Jennings Macclesfield Town 6
9 Ben Tomlinson Lincoln City 5
  John Akinde Alfreton Town 5
  Matthew Barnes-Homer Forest Green Rovers 5
  Jake Hyde Barnet 5
  Andy Brown Nuneaton Town 5
  Dan Fitchett Salisbury City 5
  Luke Berry Cambridge United 5
  Lee Gregory Halifax 5
  Danny Gardner Halifax 5
  Lee Clarke Welling 5
19 Colin Larkin Gateshead 4
  Mark Cullen Luton 4
12 others on 4 goals 4

Golden Brown – The Terrier is still going strong

Nat Brown the former Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City, Wrexham FC and Macclesfield Town box-to-box centre back, has still got the drive at 32, putting in some often unsung but outstanding displays for the Imps so far this season.  Rejected twice by Jacko – yes he makes the odd mistake – but his presence has made Boyce a better player as well as covering for his full-back Miller who is absolutely relishing his new role.

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Nat progressed through the ranks at Huddersfield, making 83 appearances for the club including both League games against Lincoln under Peter Jackson. Although he did not feature in the play-offs against us or the final he was a big part of the play-off success next to Sodje.  Having played 25 games that season he slipped down the pecking order making just 18 the following season before being released.

It was of some surprise so see Lincoln win the race for his signature given the posse of clubs interested, but he proved his worth in the unsuccessful play-off push in 2005/6. The mystery wrist injury (he still wears a guard) and the style of Deehan and Schofield’s 2006/7 passing princes, somewhat harshly cost him his place the following season but he battled back in true Nat Brown style before leaving by mutual consent to join Wrexham in 2008.  Jacko was clearly still not a big fan and organised one of those by mutual consent pay-offs allowing him to join the Dragons the next day.

It did not work out at for him at Wrexham, Nat’s style is not going to be every fan or managers cup of tea in reality he is more artisan than artiste it has to be said.   The late great Keith Alexander was a fan however and resigned him at Macclesfield initially on loan, then permanently and he would go on to become a rock at Macclesfield under KA and then Simmo, popping up with some vital goals to back up those consistently inspirational performances.

Nat made a heroic loan return to Lincoln last season, joining on loan with Tony Diagne (they share the same agent) and went on to play 10 games, half of which were with a nagging ankle injury. he was an inspirational and integral part of the successful survival bid.  Seen as one of Simmo’s reliables, with an infectious manner on and off the pitch, he happily signed for a year in the summer to see the job through that Keith and Gary started a decade ago.

So far this season  we have seen bravery, thrills and a few spills, from a man fuelled by a genuine passion every time he goes out onto the pitch.  The Tamworth game saw him put in his third man of the match performance, Nat is an unsung hero who just never knows when he is beaten, an outstanding team player who is proving to be a real rock. Well played Nat take a bow son!

2013/14 ratings

Brown 14 8 9 8 8 9 8 7 8 7 6 8 9 8 9 112

Performance data

No NAME St Sub Mins G On M Ass F’s F’ed YC RC
23 Brown 14 0 1260 0 1 1 0 9 6 3 0

Historical Data

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Nathaniel Brown
DATE OF BIRTH 15 June 1981 (age 31)
PLACE OF BIRTH Sheffield, England
HEIGHT 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
WEIGHT 11 st 9lb (73.92kg)
POSITION: DEFENDER / FORWARD
CLUB Lincoln City
CONTRACT 1 year
YOUTH CAREER
Huddersfield Town
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Huddersfield Town 83 (0)
2005–2008 Lincoln City 105 (9)
2008–2009 Wrexham 7 (0)
2008–2009 Macclesfield Town (loan) 33 (6)
2009–2013 Macclesfield Town 160 (10)