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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.

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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′.

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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.

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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.

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  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.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe 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.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWrexham 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 ,
1218 Altrincham 0 3 Woking
REPORTS . . . Rendell 52 , Morgan 66 , Payne 91
1689 Barnet 3 3 Kidderminster Harriers
REPORTS Luisma 32 , Cook 38 , Akinde 43 , . . Gash 58 , Blissett 80 , Blissett 82 ,
810 Braintree Town 0 2 Southport
REPORTS . . . George 69 , Bakayoko 84 ,
1063 Dartford 1 1 Macclesfield Town
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 ,
8163 Wrexham 0 1 Grimsby Town
REPORTS . . . John-Lewis 28 pen ,


The Table  
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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 16 10 3 3 36 13 +23 33
2 Woking 15 9 3 3 29 14 +15 30
3 Gateshead 16 8 6 2 28 19 +9 30
4 Bristol Rovers 16 8 5 3 20 15 +5 29
5 FC Halifax Town 16 8 4 4 28 18 +10 28
6 Torquay United 15 8 3 4 27 16 +11 27
7 Forest Green Rovers 16 7 6 3 21 15 +6 27
8 Kidderminster Harriers 16 7 5 4 22 15 +7 26
9 Wrexham 16 8 2 6 21 19 +2 26
10 Macclesfield Town 16 6 7 3 19 14 +5 25
11 Grimsby Town 16 6 6 4 26 12 +14 24
12 Eastleigh 15 6 5 4 25 21 +4 23
13 Lincoln City 16 6 3 7 25 27 -2 21
14 Braintree Town 15 6 2 7 20 17 +3 20
15 Aldershot Town 16 5 5 6 17 18 -1 20
16 Chester 16 6 2 8 16 26 -10 20
17 Welling United 16 4 6 6 22 24 -2 18
18 Dover Athletic 16 5 2 9 18 26 -8 17
19 Dartford 16 3 6 7 16 23 -7 15
20 Southport 16 4 3 9 16 28 -12 15
21 Altrincham 16 4 3 9 16 33 -17 15
22 Nuneaton Town 16 4 2 10 12 28 -16 14
23 Alfreton Town 16 4 1 11 15 34 -19 13
24 AFC Telford United 16 1 4 11 19 39 -20 7

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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Simon Yeo Forecast Our Forecast
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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 Goal Machines   
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

Vanarama Conference Wrap – Results, Reports Heroes & Villains

Barnet FC,  Bristol Rovers & Wrexham FC win,  FC Halifax and Gateshead FC draw whilst Torquay UTD and Woking FC lose on a musical chairs day in the Vanarama Conference.  The Mighty Imps get back to winning ways to stunt the Silkmen’s progress.  Oh lordy lordy what a Day it has been in the people’s Premiership.  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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Bolstered by a lad who scored 124 goals last season the Buzzy Bees stung FGR 2-1 with a late one.  The usually reliable Akinde missed a penalty before Yiadom spared his blushes as Barnet took a 13th minute lead.  FGR who had lost 3 points for an ineligible player seemed to have clawed one of them back when Sinclair pounced to stab home on 88. The entire travelling hive swarmed and N’Gala got the killer blow at the death.

Halifax drew 0-0 at Braintree to move up a place after the Gulls crash landed 3-4 at bottom club Telford with the lead changing hands four times in an incredible game (see our new fixtures layout and click report for the blow by blow – and have a bottle ready its a blast).   Bristol Rovers are really stepping on the gas with a 1-0 win at tough as old boots Southport.  Winger Gosling struck on 13 to send the Gas rising to fourth.

Gateshead have Danny Wright to thank once again as another invaluable strike got them a home point against Aldershot with just two minutes to go.  He tucked home an unplayable cross from wide-boy Rodman who is having the time of his life up on Tyneside.  Wrexham put the derby injustice behind them with a 3-0 slaying of Eastleigh. Durrell struck on 12′, York on 27′ and there will be no bashing of The Bishop in the valleys tonight as he came from the bench to knock one in on 71′.

But enough of the banter ’tis time for a blow by blow with reports warts and all………………..

1669 AFC Telford Utd 4 3 Torquay United
REPORTS Grogan 7 McDonald 45 Akrigg 66  Farrell 82 . . MacDonald 19  Bowman 31 Wakefield 71,
850 Altrincham 0 4 Welling United
REPORTS . . . Beautyman 13 Marsh 34 Gallagher 45+1  Bush 86
909 Braintree Town 0 0 FC Halifax Town
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715 Dover Athletic 1 0 Alfreton Town
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1424 Forest Green Rovers 1 2 Barnet
REPORTS Sinclair 88 , . . Yiadom 13 NGala 93 ,
1451 Gateshead FC 1 1 Aldershot Town
REPORTS Wright 88 . . NGuissan 39
3245 Grimsby Town 3 0 Chester FC
REPORTS Pearson 17 Hannah 49 Arnold 92 . . .
2265 Lincoln City FC 2 0 Macclesfield Town
REPORT Miller 9 Tomlinson 19 . . .
759 Nuneaton Town 1 2 Dartford
REPORTS Curran 35 . . Bradbrook 78 pen  Harris 80
1202 Southport 0 1 Bristol Rovers
REPORTS . . . Gosling 13
1524 Woking 2 3 Kidderminster Harriers
REPORTS Rendell 49  Marriott 88 . . Styche 21  Gash 26  Storer 29
2692 Wrexham 3 0 Eastleigh
REPORTS Durrell 12 York 27 Bishop 71 , . . .

 

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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

 

Previews: Imps & Gulls Flying – Barnet & Halifax best Heed.

Some crackers this week in the Vanarama Peoples Premier with away day specialists Barnet FC at AFC Telford,  The Imps facing Bristol Rovers and Grimsby Town hosting Torquay United… plus Forest Green Rovers V FC Halifax and last but not least with those easy ones (???) for Woking, Gateshead and Wrexham.

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Bees at Telford then. Tremble thee not for whipping boys Oxford City, having lost 1-8 on the Saturday beat Boston 7-2 on the Tuesday. So pigs can fly then?  MacDonald (ligaments) wont be getting on the end of the flying wingmen’s service  although Akinde and replacement Gambin (a supersub brace) are scoring for fun with the Bees yet to concede either on the road.

 

Vanarama Conference logo.pngFGR will get their season going with at least a point against high flying FC Halifax. The Green need to after allowing Nuneaton to creep out of the bottom four.  Like Halifax they have the players and the squad suggesting this will be a goal-fest that both teams want to win. The Shaymen have been a joy to watch this season as chessman Aspin continues to plot yet another promotion.  What a ride back from the dead it has been at the Shay.

 

Vanarama Conference logo.pngLincoln City fresh from the local derby 3-2 thriller five-goal fried fish bliss host, Bristol Rovers, the stuttering Conference giants off the pitch. On it however The Gasmen are now coming to grips with 3 wins a draw and one defeat at bruising Braintree on it. Thus can the increasingly Jekyll and lessening  Hyde side beat the six-foot soldiers at Sincil Bank. The Imps have seen more reds than the Kremlin but Tomlinson, Bencherif and Burrow have already plundered four.  That Imps bounced back from 3 reds and 3 defeats on the bounce to edge a five goal thriller against Grimsby on Tuesday in the all- Lincolnshire affair.

 

Vanarama Conference logo.pngTorquay, now in the top five and tearing the Division apart look to be the form side as they head to the fisheries to play Grimsby Town, shocked at a ‘blip’ at their Lincoln neighbours. You have to feel The Gulls will fly, as they often do, in the docks.  Gateshead enlisted yet another striker yesterday (a return to 2-3-5 anyone – well they are donning flat caps at St Andrews for the day.  The Heed play bottom four Dartford expecting all three points, as do we.  Wrexham, should move towards the play-offs despite a defeat at The Gas on Tuesday. A 1-0 away defeat, after Carrington was sent off saw on-fire Dragon Moult taken off and rested ready for this one.

 

Vanarama Conference logo.pngKidderminster have a tough trip to improving Braintree, Eastleigh will draw at Altrincham with Macc preparing for a Dover reaction after being stung thrice in their own backyard by the Bees.  Nuneaton could be a trip too far for the Shots manager Andy Scott and Southend will be no easy port in the storm at Southend.

 

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Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Conference Contests

15:00 AFC Telford United v Barnet
15:00 Altrincham v Eastleigh
15:00 Braintree Town v Kidderminster Harriers
15:00 Dover Athletic v Macclesfield Town
15:00 Forest Green Rovers v FC Halifax Town
15:00 Gateshead v Dartford
15:00 Grimsby Town v Torquay United
15:00 Lincoln City v Bristol Rovers
15:00 Nuneaton Town v Aldershot Town
15:00 Southport v Alfreton Town
15:00 Woking v Chester
15:00 Wrexham v Welling United

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The Table

P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 8 7 0 1 21 3 +18 21
2 FC Halifax Town 8 6 1 1 16 6 +10 19
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 Chester 8 2 1 5 8 17 -9 7
19 Dover Athletic 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

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Aldershot’s Chelsea Deal + FL Friends Help Make Rebound from -10 Possible

Aldershot have enlisted from Torquay Utd, Southend, Reading FC, Portsmouth FC, Orient, Millwall FC, Exeter City, Burton Albion and Chelsea, who will have the cream of their youth and reserve players there next year will no doubt fill Andy Scott’s remaining three loan slots.  With just two strikers, albeit quality new front-men, on the books, it could be an entertaining bounce back to boot.

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Manager Andy Scott
Formation 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 24th L2 (Relegated)
STMI Forecast  Playoff Fringes 
Ave Gate 2304
Away following 260

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When Chelsea agreed a ‘lucrative’ deal to use the Shots’  EBB Stadium, for 25 youth games over the next two seasons (including prestigious European ones as the U19’s will play in Europe), it not only helped to save the club but also ushered in the opportunity for Scott to blood blues youngsters as part of their learning curve .  Funds generated from aforementioned deal with the generous London Giants will go towards helping the Shots to service their CVA which has swallowed the £250k parachute payment in one.

A consortium led by 4 former directors and assisted by an outpouring by fans finally agreed a takeover on Aug 1st allowing boss Andy Scott to rush the paperwork round to his new recruits who had been waiting patiently and faithfully in the wings. Peter Jackson did the same thing at Huddersfield and went up via the play-offs a decade ago, so the 10 point deduction may not be such a handicap given the talent coming through the door in the last 5 days. Andy is a terrific manager and began the rebuild and achieved the intial League 2 championship success that has turned Brentford into the force they are today.

England U19 defender Webster and full-back-cum-centre-half Goodman from Millwall are two fantastic loans until January. One would have expected more but Scott is clearly waiting to see what Chelsea free-bies he can get as he sticks to a strict CVA budget. Brett Williams (Reading) and Matt Paterson (Burton) will get goals in this league.  The new midfield duo of Mark Molesley (Exeter) and Martin Rowland (Orient) will complement the remaining 6 middlemen, including Captain Craig Stanley, from the Football league days.

IN Player From Pos Fee
8th Aug Glenn Morris Re-signed GK  
8th Aug Joe Oastler Torquay Def  
8th Aug Martin Rowlands Orient Mid  
8th Aug Matt Paterson Burton For  
8th Aug Brett Williams Reading For  
7th Aug Mark Molesley Exeter Mid
Loans IN Player From Pos Fee 
January Adam Webster Portsmouth Def wages
January  Jake Goodman Millwall Def wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
18th June Danny Hylton Rotherham For Free
21st June Troy Brown  Cheltenham Def Free
21st June Ross Wormer Wimbledon Keeper Free
29th June Doug Bergqvist Exeter Def Free
6th Aug Craig Reid Southend For Free
Released
16th May 13 made redundant

Having worked as an international  component commodity trader for a former Shots sponsor I will always have a soft spot for the Shots, even if the Imp in me is tinged with a little jealousy, These are exciting times fuelled by that extra spring that always comes from a second lease of life.  So good luck, especially at the Mariners on Saturday, it will still be be down to the ability of a quality side, on paper, being able to blend, but those three remaining loan slots could make for some fabulous football in your season of rebirth.

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Shots 2013/14 Squad

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Keepers
21 Jamie Young, Glenn Morris,

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Defenders
2 Ben Herd, 3 Anthony Tonlin, 4 Aaron Morris, Adam Webster, Jake Goodman, Joe Oastler,

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Midfield
Martin Rowlands, Mark Molesley, 13 Oliver Risse, 17 Adam Mekki, 18 Craig Stanley, 28 Kieron Cadogan,30 Harry Cooksley, 33 Jordan Roberts,

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Forwards
Matt Paterson, Brett Williams