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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.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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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

Foyle Out Question is Will Ex Luton Gaffer Brabin Be In For Imps 6-pointer?

Former Port Vale, York City, Wrexham FC and Hereford United manager Martin Foyle has been sacked by Southport ahead of the massive 6-pointer against the Imps on Tuesday. The question is will Luton Town cast-off Gary Brabin (massively backed compared to John Still who actually succeeded) get the job in time to have any influence as the Sandgrounders attempt to lift themselves out of the bottom four with a home win over the Imps? We have already faced new manager syndrome at Nuneaton who got everything going including two goals that would try the belief and patience of a saint.

Thanks as ever for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

Port Vale gave Martin Foyle his first managerial job a decade ago but despite his reputation as a coach who can work within a restricted budget he has not had a lot of luck at any of his clubs as the table below shows. He did get York City to the play-off final in 2009/10 (beaten by Oxford) as well as the FA Cup third round. The following season saw the Minstermen drop to 15th and part company with him. Northwich Victoria took a chance and he guided them to the runners up spot in the NPL before financial issues robbed him and them of promotion. The Hereford gig was just another financial train wreck although he did get them into play-off contention as well as developing Sam Clucas into a wideman goal machine who went on to fetch some decent money. Alas it was swallowed by the black hole.

Team Start End Record
G W D L Win %
Port Vale 13 February 2004 26 September 2007 184 68 34 82 36.96
Wrexham (caretaker) 27 September 2008 2 October 2008 1 0 1 0 0.00
York City 24 November 2008 24 September 2010 102 44 30 28 43.14
Northwich Victoria 27 February 2012 9 May 2012 14 8 2 4 57.14
Hereford United 30 May 2012 19 March 2014 93 33 26 34 35.48
Southport 4 May 2014 5 October 2014 14 3 2 9 21.43
Total 408 156 95 157 38.24

Really Lincoln could have done with Foyle getting another game to turn things around, but the 2-5 home defeat to Woking appeared to be the last straw.  Gary Brabin is the firm favourite having played for the club a couple of years ago. He has been linked with the managers job on the last two occasions. Has he been waiting for the right job since Luton sacked him in 2012? Brabin won 46% of his games at Luton (Games 62 W 29 D 22 L 11), although it was the skill of John Still (on a reduced budget) that finally led Luton back to the promised land.   Thing is with our luck  he will turn up get a loan in and, that last minute signing will put a cross-come-shot into the top corner. Well it happened Saturday!

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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’

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 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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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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Leicester & Chelsea Legend breeding Internationals At Colwyn Bay!

A legend at Leicester City, Chelsea, Burnley, Huddersfield, Wrexham and Lincoln,  fans will always have a soft spot for Frank Sinclair  – own goals and all.  But having played at the highest level for the red, the blues and all, he is currently cutting his teeth as  manager of Colwyn Bay and doing well if your ask the opinion of his chairman and left back Louis Moss

 

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During his Leicester City and Chelsea days Frank played for Jamaica before making 92 league appearances for Burnley and then 42 for Huddersfield as a loan turned into a permanent deal. He was a suave defender although his own goals meant he got more in the wrong end than the seven he got throughout his glittering career. But his dedication and, sense of humour got the lad a long way from those harsh Lambeth roots (See full biopic at the bottom).

Frank was a dark horse for the Wrexham job last season  having turned the tiny club from also-rans to a team just 3 points from the play-offs again this season, with a game in hand.  Sinclair, the 42-year-old player gaffer, is building a useful young squad with a terrific shut-out to earn a point against the Division’s money club North Ferriby last Saturday.   This followed hot on the heels of a 4-1 win against Gainsborough and a 3-0 away at  Leamington. Case in point young Moss who is as good with the assists as he is getting back to help and a chip off the old block so to speak.  The full-back is simply chuffed to have received an international call up for Barbados against Haiti in the Concacaf Gold Cup in October.

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Despite the lad missing two games during his international jaunt Frank, a gentleman of the game,  is chuffed

“He will be a big miss for us, but I am happy his early season form has been recognised and he has an opportunity maybe to play in the prestigious Gold Cup against the likes of Brazil and Mexico.

“I played in that for Jamaica so I know the standard of the tournament.”

 

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Sinclair in 2009
STMI Piopic
Full name Frank Mohammed Sinclair
Date of birth 3 December 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Lambeth
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Current gig in the game
Current team
Colwyn Bay
(player-manager)
Youth career
1988–1990 Chelsea
Senior League Stats
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1998 Chelsea 169 (7)
1991–1992 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 6 (1)
1998–2004 Leicester City 164 (3)
2004–2007 Burnley 92 (1)
2007 Huddersfield Town (loan) 13 (0)
2007–2008 Huddersfield Town 29 (0)
2008–2009 Lincoln City 23 (0)
2009 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2010 Wrexham (loan) 17 (0)
2010–2011 Wrexham 39 (0)
2011 Hendon 10 (0)
2012– Colwyn Bay 70 (6)
International team
1997–2003 Jamaica 28 (1)
Teams managed
2013– Colwyn Bay
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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……….

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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

 

Filling Fergy Void At Man Utd Is Easier than Wilkin’s departure To Wrexham FC.

Pound for pound Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has an easier job filling Alex Ferguson’s  boots than anyone taking on the Nuneaton Town Gig after Wrexham FC got Kevin Wilkin . We all have to start somewhere and Wrexham Boss Kevin certainly did and finished plenty during a fantastic journey. No nine-figure war chest in the People’s Premiership, then again The Wilkin’ s, Neil Aspin’s (FC Halifax – same record as Wikin but in successive seasons – watch for a Port Vale move if the poor run for The Valiants continues) and Gary Simpson’s (Lincoln) of this world don’t need it.

With ‘Golam’ gone having failed to keep the precious Red Devils in the Champions League. Louis transformed all before our very eyes on Sunday with some tactics, coaching and a million in change out of £150 more for the summer shopping trolley.  Did he even take it back for the quid or leave it in the car park? Back in the real world Kevin Wilkin, alas, from a Nuneaton point of view, is now at Wrexham FC and beginning to work the magic there. A win against top of the table Barnet could see the Dragons hit the play-offs in the People’s Premiership, sponsored by Vanarama.  The man who can, presumably got in his van and signed eight (Click for details & look for the shirts) for peanuts and a promise of glory. The Dragon’s squad is worth about £350,000 on paper, although it is certainly appreciating on the pitch.

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So it is no surprise that Nuneaton have struggled to replace him. Following liquidation in 07/08 Town sprinted back up the pyramid under his guidance coming second in the Southern League Division One Midlands. The following season saw a second successive promotion,- second again – from the Southern League Premier Division. Then in 2012, Nuneaton finished fifth place in the Conference North and won the play-off final. His record is outstanding and together with the experienced Gary Mills as his assistant Wrexham suddenly look like play-off contenders. Tough test tonight at the Buzzing Bees of Barnet. Mills is unlikely to return to the Midlands even though he has local connections with Tamworth, but Marcus Law might. He was at the Forest Green Rovers game on Tuesday night and will probably be even more interested in the job now that Brian Reid has fallen on his sword.

With regard to filling that Nuneaton void, I had to laugh at some of the other names on the bookies slate. Property developing Guru Robbie Fowler has been listed as  25/1, while Dean Saunders and Garry Flitcroft are both 12/1.  Why even Goldilocks and the three bears might turn up is  Gary Waddock and Ronnie Moore turn up for interviews, whispered locally and linked with the new Tamworth opening up the road. Current favourite and assistant boss Mark Noon is favourite for the job, but does not want the Lambs hot-seat full-time. Must be the mint sauce, apologies for that.

Understandable, though take a look at Wilkins record –   could you fill that void.

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Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Nuneaton Town 1 June 2006 20 March 2014 348 151 110 87 43.4
Wrexham 20 March 2014 Present 17 7 4 6 41.2
Total 365 158 114 93 43.3

 

STMI Vanarama Conference Premier Wrap, Results, Scorers & Crowds

Beware Torquay United and Woking FC as Barnet FC are held and FC Halifax falter at Forest Green Rovers. Wrexham FC, Gateshead FC Macclesfield Town and Braintree Town win  to close in on the play-off spots. Bristol Rovers beat the Imps in another outstanding 5-goal thriller at Sincil Bank.  Grab your well earned beverage fellow footy fans its time for the People’s Premiership Sunday wrap and its spicier than fajitas with a ghost pepper and Marmite.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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Well, well, well, Telford hold Barnet FC in the allegedly bottom V top mismatch of the week.  The Bees  do not normally concede on the road until a Gray penalty just before half time, thanks to a ball to the hand of Weston broke that perfect run. Cook hit home on 69 before busy Bee Johnson weaved then stung at close range to put Barnet back in charge. Then four minutes into injury time Phenix, minus the ‘O’ had a go, rising from the AFC ashes to the joy of most of the 1492.  Wasn’t that the year Columbus sailed the ocean blue? Must be a sign – although black and blue would be more apt as Telford earned six yellow cards in the ‘lively affair’. Telford stay bottom while Barnet stay a point ahead of The Cards.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngWoking, as expected, beat Chester, true to script as Giuseppe Sole got the only goal, slotting home after Morgan’s supplied the lemon dash.  Forest Green took down Halifax. Norwood’s header broke the deadlock on 20 with Parkin calmly slotting home nine minutes later.  Gateshead clearly need that new and, seventh striker, although don’t count Danny Wright out of the reckoning, for it was his noggin that nodded home to put The Heed fourth and condemn Dartford to fourth bottom.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngTorquay continue to get great results at their rivals. Six points thus far in Lincolnshire as well as a host of scalps home and away for the Gulls.  They were home flying and two nil up at Grimsby by half-time ,thanks to a close point blank hay-maker from Richards (14) and a solo dribble and drilled low drive from Young.  Hurst had every man on deck, to turn the side so when Lewis went off injured the marooned Mariners went down to ten. Four wins on the spin for Torquay – we have been warning fellow Conference footy folk.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngMacclesfield and Wrexham keep up the pressure on the play-off pack .  Macc won at Dover  thanks to Holroyd’s rare close range strike (his first since opening day).  It was not quite a storming of the white cliffs with the hosts wasting a chalk board full of chances (13 shots to 3)before keeper Taylor spilled Deverdics drive, allowing on-hand Holrod to sweep up the pieces on 77.

Vanarama Conference logo.pngThe Dragons, under Kevin Wilkin have developed a spine to match the footballing heritage that has seen them entertain but not quite team the People’s Premiership .  Wrexham did the old 1-0 down 2-1 up routine against a determined Welling side who went ahead when Beautyman pounced after Ashton had dilly-dallied and been dispossessed by Tobi Sho-Silva, to supply some silver lining. Apologies for paraphrasing an Owls anthem there.  A naught one from Nouble reduced United to 10 and the poetic passers of the Principality made the advantage count.  That man Moult finished off a five man to sweetly sweep York’s cross home.  Clarke’s winner went like a bullet to cannon in off Fyfield for a much needed second home success of the season.

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Results, Crowds & scorers

Crowd Home . Away
1492 AFC Telford Utd 2 2 Barnet
. T Gray 37 , M Phenix 90+4 , . . L Cook 68 , E Johnson 80 ,
945 Altrincham 3 3 Eastleigh
. Damien Reeves 11 , A Griffin35 , Damien Reeves 65 , . . Reid 16 , McAllister 43 ,Reason 80 ,
751 Braintree Town 2 0 Kidderminster Harriers
. J Mulley 16 , Davis 48 , . . .
754 Dover Athletic 0 1 Macclesfield Town
. . . Holroyd 77 ,
1005 Forest Green Rovers 2 0 FC Halifax Town
. James Norwood 20 , J Parkin29 , . . .
1336 Gateshead FC 1 0 Dartford
. D Wright 53 , . . .
3300 Grimsby Town 0 2 Torquay United
. . . . Richards 14 , Young 37 ,
2993 Lincoln City FC 2 3 Bristol Rovers
. Newton 37 pen , Burrow 45 , . . Sinclair 13 , D Leadbitter 22 ,Harrison 90 ,
803 Nuneaton Town 1 1 Aldershot Town
. Brown 19 , . . Hatton 67 ,
832 Southport 0 2 Alfreton Town
. . . . J Ironside 2 , Hawley 9 ,
1629 Woking 1 0 Chester FC
. Sole 52 , . . .
2857 Wrexham 2 1 Welling United
. L Moult 84 , Clarke 86 , . . Beautyman 33 ,
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The Table

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

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