Joyous tidings for Barnet FC, Torquay United, Woking FC Halifax and Gateshead FC then, while the rest of us look (Wrexham FC’s Sunday meet at rivals Chester FC means they must look further) forward to another joust in the People’s Premiership. Prayer may help but let us not mix football and religion on a Friday night when all hail should go to the Ale.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Good luck and safe journeys fellow football fans, in the meantime let’s loosen up and salivate at the sport to come on the morrow. Remember the optimists glass may always be half full but even the worst pessimist can never be disappointed.
Barnet look set to get back to winning ways, at home to Altrincham, as long as they can keep Damian Reeves quiet. Never mind, ‘Mad Dog Martin’ missing MacDonald (just a month out it seems) has Akinde Cooke the Nurse and Uncle Tom Cobbly and all to keep the goals flowing. Omen hoever – Damian Reeves can and will score in a convent.
Torquay, now second and perched, await down in the dumps Dover (22nd) ‘neath the creaking trapdoor that beckons a return from whence they came. Gulls as many on the coast know have been picking at the White Cliff’s for years. Are Woking choking after a slim 0-1 win at the Gulls? Only time will tell, well 90 minutes of it, because any stage fright in front of the biggest crowd of the day at Bristol Rovers on the morrow, could well see those early season dreams turn sour. They are not called Cards for nothing and the performance on Tuesday suggests cute croupier Hill won’t be shuffling his pack.
Halifax down in fourth, will be bouncing back to perhaps top, if all went well. The omens are good, Telford, bottom, who lost 3-2 to Alfreton now one place above them with a four point cushion from the Vanarama Premier wooden spoon, arrive at the Shay tomorrow. That’s if the manager has not actually sacked the side as we go to print. Trouble in paradise in dear old Salop then.
Gateshead in the last play-off spot go to Welling, the Wings still unbeaten in their own nest. You feel a slip for the Heed is coming allowing Wrexham to really celebrate if they can beat Chester in the great England V Wales derby. You could walk it if the police let you, but in true bubble style you’ll get your tickets in the car-park in true ticket tout Stan Flashman style. Lincoln lost 0-2 at Welling on Tuesday – ‘a defence, a defence, all Impdom for a defence’ cried Simmo. The call was heard, all the way to the other side of the Pennines and, Burnley’s Anderson gets the chance to stop the rot at Aldershot tomorrow. The Shots like the Imps are good going forward but have lost three of their last four. Sounds like a return to the five goal thrillers for the Imps – let us hope we get the decider about 89 minutes in then.
Alan Devonshire’s bravo Braintree go to Eastleigh, slipping after tasting the Vanarama height early doors, but now as they go one way The Iron go the other, what does Dev put in the Braintree tea? It can’t be the boot money because there’s is a budget that would starve even the mice at Cressing Road. They were 6th last year and once again you expect then to be either their or thereabouts. But enough, we are mid-table already and it is seriously running into prime drinking time so lets have it or them………
Vanarama Conference Premier Fixtures
|15:00||Aldershot Town||v||Lincoln City|
|15:00||Alfreton Town||v||Nuneaton Town|
|15:00||Dartford||v||Forest Green Rovers|
|15:00||FC Halifax Town||v||AFC Telford United|
|15:00||Kidderminster Harriers||v||Grimsby Town|
|15:00||Torquay United||v||Dover Athletic|
Vanarama Conference Table
|4||FC Halifax Town||10||6||2||2||17||9||+8||20|
|12||Forest Green Rovers||10||4||4||2||12||8||+4||16|
|24||AFC Telford United||10||0||3||7||13||25||-12||3|