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Conference Wrap: Promotion? Relegation? Humbug! Fear Not There’s always ADMIN!

Busy Bees Barnet, Torquay Utd, Gateshead FC & Woking FC win,  Bristol Rovers draw FC Halifax & Wrexham FC lose. Alas readers the Imps flag is at half mast again this evening for the Vanarama Conference aka the People’s Premiership can be a cruel mistress with just two up and four down.  Grab a beverage and some popcorn for they do say joy is as entertaining as pain and ours are the teams to follow through the odd bit of sunshine and bucket loads of rain.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Barnet move five points clear thanks to a Hoskins strike to settle things against Eastleigh who had held 9 man Bristol Rovers and the wrath of the gods on Tuesday.  Not content with scoring with his first touch in the 5-0 win over Altrincham Hoskins  hit the post with his first touch in this. The buzzing Bees were denied a penalty before you’ve guessed it Hoskins fired home a deflection to give the buzzing Bees a first half lead.  Eastleigh had a goal disallowed and the luck continued when FC Halifax crashed 0-3 at home to Altrincham and no goal machine Reeve did not even get on the score sheet. Clee 34′ Lawrie 77′ and ex-Imp Perry 81′ blew them away before a Boden consolation chime three minuted from time.

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The Gulls are back in business but had to come from behind in the division’s biggie. Goal machine Moult charged down the keepers clearance before finishing with aplomb. Cometh the hour cometh the man as Briscoe rounded off a superb cut and thust move by drilling home. Young then brought the house down late on with a contender for goal of the season. Bowman was unloading some wayward arrows all afternoon until Captain Young showed him the true meaning of power and panache. Having struck a post with a free-kick he hit a hallelujah haymaker that whistled all of twenty-five yards  to almost rip the net.  The third placed birds will be frying and flying tonight with the Steam beers gushing out of their ears.

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Woking high-fived Southport through the relegation trap door and into the bottom four. Cheers after losing to Nuneaton we Imps need to meat someone more demoralised than ourselves on Tuesday.  Rendell gave Woking the lead before Lewis made it two. Fitzpatrick seemed to get Southport back in it then Sole got another of his sensational free kicks to restore the two goal cushion. Port never give up and got a lifeline from a towering header from Luke Foster. Time for the Rendell show.. First he headed in a peach of a cross from Lewis as the end to end battle of brains versus brawn continued.  Payne had to be stopped by hook or by crook and, Foster duly did, allowing Rendell to complete his hat-trick with a clinical penalty. An outstanding advert for the people’s premiership this one.

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Cox put Braintree one up ten minutes before the break to stun Gateshead who had passed the parcel more cautiously than the version played in a 1970’s Northern Irish pub.  But when they click they  click as three in six minutes blew Braintree away thanks to Finnigan 69′ Turnbull 72′ and a superb Shaw strike on 75′.  Wrexham and Bristol Rovers both dropped out of the play-off places although it was a massive shock to  Rovers who in fairness had the game in the bag. Bristol Rovers 6000 plus punters and, Gas gaffer Clarke, thought Cunnington’s  first half strike had seen them play-off bound. Then the boys from the white cliffs finally chalked one up and gave the pirates a few sunken chests with a 90th minute Murphy volley that was very much against the tide. Not quite hanging homself from the Clifton Bridge quite yet Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

“It’s a very quiet changing rooms in there. Obviously the lads are very disappointed, as well as the staff, because we should not have chucked it away. We should be sat here with three points. “We have got to be more clinical at the top end, but then again there keeper has made good saves. They’ve put their bodies on the line and I’m sure they’ll be very happy with a point.

“We were very rarely in trouble; there was only a lapse in the first half when they hit the post but other than that I think we defended very well. “We just need to be more clinical at the top end. But I’m not going to be to critical of the boys. It’s another game where we are undefeated and it’s about all the negatives about today being put right for Tuesday night.”

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1476 Aldershot Town 2 0 Alfreton Town
. Hatton 33 , Gibbs 63 , . . .
1610 Barnet 1 0 Eastleigh
. S Hoskins 37 , . . .
6162 Bristol Rovers 1 1 Dover Athletic
. A Cunnington 35 , . . Murphy 90 ,
1997 Chester FC 1 1 Welling United
. Mahon 10 , . . Marsh 93 ,
1285 Dartford 1 1 Grimsby Town
. Bradbrook 61 , . . John-Lewis 84 pen ,
1727 FC Halifax Town 1 3 Altrincham
. S Boden 87 , . . Clee 34 , Lawrie 77 , Perry 81 ,
1244 Gateshead FC 3 1 Braintree Town
. .Finnigan 69 , Turnbull 72 ,Shaw 75 , . . Cox 34 ,
2117 Kidderminster Harriers 1 1 AFC Telford Utd
. Verma 45 , . . Todd 79 ,
1329 Macclesfield Town 2 2 Forest Green Rovers
. Lewis 52 , Fairhurst 73 , . . Frear 11 , Hughes 78 ,
928 Nuneaton Town 2 1 Lincoln City FC
. Fowler 30 , Dawson 67 , . . Miller 39 ,
730 Southport 2 5 Woking
. Fitzpatrick 55 , Foster 81 , . . Rendell 5 82 & 87 pen, Lewis 53 , Sole 66 ,
2350 Torquay United 2 1 Wrexham
. Briscoe 62 , Young 84 , . L Moult 30

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The Table  

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 14 10 2 2 32 8 +24 32
2 FC Halifax Town 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
3 Torquay United 14 8 3 3 25 12 +13 27
4 Woking 14 8 3 3 26 14 +12 27
5 Gateshead 14 7 5 2 25 18 +7 26
6 Bristol Rovers 14 7 4 3 17 13 +4 25
7 Wrexham 14 8 1 5 19 16 +3 25
8 Forest Green Rovers 14 6 5 3 19 14 +5 23
9 Kidderminster Harriers 14 6 4 4 17 11 +6 22
10 Macclesfield Town 14 5 6 3 16 12 +4 21
11 Grimsby Town 14 5 5 4 25 12 +13 20
12 Braintree Town 14 6 2 6 20 15 +5 20
13 Eastleigh 14 5 5 4 21 20 +1 20
14 Aldershot Town 14 5 4 5 15 15 0 19
15 Lincoln City 14 5 2 7 20 24 -4 17
16 Chester 14 5 2 7 15 24 -9 17
17 Welling United 14 3 6 5 17 21 -4 15
18 Dartford 14 3 5 6 15 21 -6 14
19 Dover Athletic 14 4 2 8 14 23 -9 14
20 Altrincham 14 4 2 8 16 30 -14 14
21 Southport 14 3 2 9 11 25 -14 11
22 Nuneaton Town 14 3 2 9 8 22 -14 11
23 Alfreton Town 14 3 1 10 11 30 -19 10
24 AFC Telford United 14 1 4 9 19 36 -17 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’

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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 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 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
REPORTS . . . .
715 Dover Athletic 1 0 Alfreton Town
REPORTS . . . .
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

 

Who’ll take the Golden boot down to Cash Converters in May then?

The Vanarama Premier strikers of Barnet FC,  Altrincham FC, Woking FC, Wrexham FC, Braintree Town, Lincoln City, Grimsby Town and Aldershot Town FC are fighting it, out week in week, out against the great central defensive oaks of the Conference.  Outnumbered, false teeth back in the changing rooms, with goals the lifeblood of our national sport the game, scoring is all they live for (we can hear you chuckling behind your web cams  you know!  On a serious note a quick  word to the contenders with their brains hopefully in their boots – Lads  its doesn’t have to be Cash Converters or a Pawn Brokers, sometimes you can even get a good price at the bookies so I hear.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 So moving swiftly on lets take a look at the thoroughbred runners and riders shall we?

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Lee Cook of Barnet is still showing his QPR pedigree to top the Vanarama Conference goal scoring pile from the left wing.  He has failed to score in the last three although an assist at the weekend, suggests we can excuse him for that. Unplayable and a key component to a Hive dripping goals he must be sweating with Reeves and Rendell kneck and kneck with him on seven.

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Damian Reeves has been scoring for fun for years, opting to stay part time for business reasons despite countless offers from League teams.  He got 16 for Altrincham in 2010/11,  42 in 2011/12, 36 in 2012/13, 21 last season and seven so far this.    Murdered 4-0 by the Harriers last night he got a brace in a 3-3 thriller against Eastleigh on Saturday and two against Dartford the week before. Clearly midweek games are not his cup of tea so Barnet and Mad Dog best watch out this Saturday.

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Scott Rendell’ s time looks to have finally come. Seen as the nearly man at Wycombe, Oxford and Luton this has to be his season you have to feel. On seven in his first 6 games including the awesome foursome against Dover, he has failed to find the net in four. Will he click back or hibernate through the winter like previous seasons?

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Jordan Burrow has been called up for the England C games against Estonia and Turkey off the back of his five so far this season.  He is joined by  Davis of Braintree,  MacDonald (injured), the mercurial Moult of Wrexham,  King Cod Scott Neilson, Giuseppe Sole  and Brett Williams the Aldershot assassin. Albatross might be more  as the keystone cops defence meet him on Saturday. With Brown out the shots could be deadly then?

The People’s Premiership Golden Boot contenders. 

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Player Name Team Goals
1 Lee Cook Barnet 7
1 Damian Reeves Altrincham 7
1 Scott Rendell Woking 7
2 Jordan Burrow Lincoln City 5
2 Kenny Davis Braintree Town 5
2 Charlie MacDonald Barnet 5
2 Louis Moult Wrexham 5
2 Scott Neilson Grimsby Town 5
2 Giuseppe Sole Woking 5
2 Brett Williams Aldershot Town 5
3 Harry Beautyman Welling United 4
3 Hamza Bencherif Lincoln City 4
3 Scott Boden FC Halifax Town 4
3 James Constable Eastleigh 4
3 Tony Gray AFC Telford United 4
3 Joe Ironside Alfreton Town 4
3 Dean Morgan Woking 4
3 Jon Parkin Forest Green Rovers 4
3 Michael Phenix AFC Telford United 4
3 Jon-Paul Pittman Grimsby Town 4
3 Luke Young Torquay United 4

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Vanarama- It’s Up In The Air As Bees, Gulls, Gas and Dragons Circle The People’s Premiership Peak

Come on own up did you go to see Bristol Rovers, Barnet FC, Wrexham FC, FC Halifax, Grimsby Town, Torquay United, Woking FC or Kidderminster Harriers last night in the flesh, or was it the BIG Cup on TV, as The Guardian Fiver calls it? Mmm thought so, well, all is forgiven and a  warm welcome to The Gents (no not to toilets although few as common as me can boast a double-barrelled spanky-spanky, their name on every toilet doorway and their own aftershave that the misses reckons makes me smell old – yes I know there is a song in that)  or rather,  the venerable and veritable Vanarama or People’s Premiership wrap,  the division the big-money men forget, yet still it boasts heroes villains and old school football in the flesh, where giant killing and scalps are the modus operandi, in a nether region where full-time meets part-time and passion with not quite all the balls in the air.

But to the games fellow football folk to the peoples games……….

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWrexham beat Barnet (still buzzing & top) in the battle of the passing princes, thanks to a cool Evans finish four minutes into the second half and a great performance between the sticks for Bachmann, denying Cook and Akinde from point blank range.  Barnet had their chances but the Dragons are breathing fire and climbing after a fourth away win this season.  Wilkin’s men are one win from top spot now despite still being one place off the play-offs. Silent sixth worked for Working and the Gulls, suggesting an interesting weekend, although Wrexham must wait until Monday for the bubble derby trip to Chester.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngTorquay United edged Woking in a top of the table clash between the two form sides of the division. Woking edged the first half but few break down the Gulls who deny then fly at you on the counter with more zip than a jean factory.  Captain fantastic, Young,  earned all three points and the plaudits with a 90th minute hallelujah howitzer of a free-kick from 40-yards. If there had not been a net it would still be going now,  as The Gulls (we warned you) storm second, now just a point behind the Bees. They pick teams off on the counter and have a defence that could peel an orange in its pocket – that’s five without conceding – all victories.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngSo to Halifax, down in fourth, fresh from a fishy 1-1 with The Mariners. All went well when the mesmerising Marshall curled a cultured set-piece just four minutes in. Neilson outwitted Roberts just ten minutes later to end the scoring as both sides fluffed their lines.  A question: with Port Vale now losing six on the spin will they make a call to Aspin, who turned down the Carlisle gig.  He was a legend there, but will he want to lead Halifax back into the League after leading them back from the edge and the football wilderness? Seven strikers Gateshead – the new home of 2-3-5 North East number nines, also drop to fifth, still level on points (20) with the Shaymen after coming from behind at Macclesfield. Gnahoua thundered home from 18 yards ten minutes shy of half-time, before that man, Danny Wright, did it again, clipping a beauty into the top corner on clickety-click 66.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngKidderminster continue to put their off-field troubles behind hitting Altrincham for four. Gash 37′ Reid 40′Johnson 72′ and Styche 90′ show the firepower in the Harriers side, now eighth and looking at lift-off. Biggest crowd of the night – some jealous applause at the back then for the 4861 on a Big TV Cup Tuesday –  saw side in the rise Bristol Rovers live up to their name and step on the gas to numb Nuneaton 3-1.  It was guile, style and a smile for Parkes 2′Taylor 48′ seemed to settle it until  Dean headed a lifeline. Gosling 78′ ended any comeback notions for the inspiration player caretaker who does not want the position full-time.

 

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1295 Aldershot Town 1 3 Braintree Town
. D Lathrope 90+4 , . . Sparkes 17 , Cox 52 , Cox 78 ,
519 Alfreton Town 3 2 AFC Telford Utd
. A Thanoj 11 , Shaw 19 , J Ironside 45+2 , . . T Gray 17 , N Byrne 71 ,
1236 Barnet 0 1 Wrexham
. . . . R Evans 49 ,
4861 Bristol Rovers 3 1 Nuneaton Town
. T Parkes 2 , M Taylor 48 , J Gosling 78 , . . Dean 68 ,
1790 Chester FC 2 0 Southport
. C Hobson 14 , K Charnock 3 , . . .
1103 Dartford 2 1 Dover Athletic
. Crawford 72 , Bradbrook 85 , . . Miller 8 ,
2108 Eastleigh 2 2 Forest Green Rovers
. J Midson 57 , J Constable 73 , . . James Norwood 30 , J Parkin 85 ,
1867 FC Halifax Town 1 1 Grimsby Town
. P Marshall 4 , . . Neilson 15 ,
1451 Kidderminster Harriers 4 0 Altrincham
. Gash 37 , C Reid 40 , Johnson72 , R Styche 90+4 , . . .
1110 Macclesfield Town 1 1 Gateshead FC
. Gnahoua 34 , . . D Wright 66 ,
2144 Torquay United 1 0 Woking
. Young 90 , . . .
504 Welling United 2 0 Lincoln City FC
. Gallagher 25 , T Marsh 78 , . . .

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P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Barnet 10 7 1 2 23 6 +17 22
2 Torquay United 10 6 3 1 17 5 +12 21
3 Woking 10 6 3 1 18 7 +11 21
4 FC Halifax Town 10 6 2 2 17 9 +8 20
5 Gateshead 10 6 2 2 19 14 +5 20
6 Wrexham 10 6 1 3 13 12 +1 19
7 Braintree Town 10 6 0 4 18 10 +8 18
8 Kidderminster Harriers 10 5 3 2 13 6 +7 18
9 Macclesfield Town 10 4 5 1 11 7 +4 17
10 Bristol Rovers 10 5 2 3 12 11 +1 17
11 Eastleigh 10 4 4 2 19 15 +4 16
12 Forest Green Rovers 10 4 4 2 12 8 +4 16
13 Grimsby Town 10 3 4 3 20 10 +10 13
14 Lincoln City 10 4 1 5 16 20 -4 13
15 Aldershot Town 10 3 3 4 11 11 0 12
16 Chester 10 3 1 6 10 18 -8 10
17 Dartford 10 2 3 5 9 15 -6 9
18 Welling United 10 2 3 5 9 17 -8 9
19 Altrincham 10 2 2 6 12 20 -8 8
20 Southport 10 2 2 6 8 16 -8 8
21 Nuneaton Town 10 2 2 6 5 17 -12 8
22 Dover Athletic 10 2 1 7 9 20 -11 7
23 Alfreton Town 10 2 1 7 10 25 -15 7
24 AFC Telford United 10 0 3 7 13 25 -12 3

 

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.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

 

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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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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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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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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Aldershot Town v
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Alfreton Town v
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Bristol Rovers v Wrexham
Chester FC v Torquay United
Dartford v
Eastleigh
Gateshead FC v AFC Telford Utd
Lincoln City FC v Grimsby Town
Macclesfield Town v
FC Halifax Town
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