The games at the start of this new BSBP season have come thick and fast with the teams completing the fourth and fifth round of games over the bank holiday weekend, with the season only fourteen days old.
Top of the table at this early stage are Newport County with five wins out of five, so good has there start been that they were top on goal difference despite before playing their fifth game of the season, Tuesday nights 2-0 win at home to fellow high flyers Hereford United giving them an early three point lead at the head of the league.
The play off places are currently occupied by Forest Green Rovers, who got the maximum six points over the weekend after defeating Woking 3-1 at home then beating basement side Kidderminster Harriers 1-0 at Aggborough. Macclesfield also had an excellent weekend, wining an entertaining away game against Lincoln 3-2 then besting Barrow 2-0 at home in Mondays fixture. Hereford United stayed in the top four after beating Ebbsfleet United 4-2 before their defeat at Newport. Luton Town occupy their usual play off spot, despite Saturdays loss at home to AFC Telford, with an excellent 100% away record which they added to after beating Ebbsfleet 3-1.
Tamworth impressed in a 3-0 win away at Southport, then lost at home to Wrexham to stay in touch, just two points off the top of the league. Gateshead maintained their unbeaten start to the season drawing 1-1 against Lincoln with Saturday’s game away at Stockport postponed. Telford added to their win at Luton with a point at home in a 2-2 draw with Stockport. Cambridge United gained only a point over the weekend with a 2-2 away at Nuneaton followed up by a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to Dartford. Wrexham season started to gain a little momentum with a 0-0 draw at home to Grimsby followed by a decent 1-0 win away at Tamworth
Braintree recovered from Saturdays loss at Newport to record a fine 4-1 win away at Woking, a win which moves them up to eleventh in the league. Stockport County managed to get a point in their draw at AFC Telford after the postponement of their other weekend game. Grimsby gathered four points in a successful weekend which saw them move up to midtable. A 0-0 draw with Wrexham followed by Mondays 4-1 rout at home to Mansfield saw them up to thirteenth. A fine weekend also for Dartford who recorded two wins, 1-0 at home to Kidderminster and 2-1 away at Cambridge. This saw them leapfrog Mansfield whose loss at Grimsby came after a home win against Hyde.
Nuneaton moved out of the bottom four with a win and a draw from the bank holiday fixtures. A 2-2 stalemate against Cambridge and a comprehensive 3-0 win away at Afreton moved them away from trouble. Southport’s indifferent start to the season continued with a win and a loss (against Hyde and Tamworth repectively)saw them stay close to the drop zone. Lincoln gained only a point from their weekend, with a draw at Gateshead the only bright spot from the most recent fixtures. Ebbsfleet United’s two defeats left them just one place above the relegation places after being beaten by Hereford (4-2) and Luton (3-1).
The bottom four in the league all look in a little bit of trouble even at this early stage. Alfreton Town currently lie 21st after a good 3-1 win away to fellow strugglers before succumbing to new boys Nuneaton 3-0 at home. Hyde United fell to two defeats against Mansfield (1-0) and Southport (2-0), and Barrow continue to look for their first win after losing 3-1 at home to Alfreton and 2-0 away at Macclesfield, leaving them second bottom despite what looked like a relatively decent start to the season. Kidderminster Harrier remain rooted to the foot of the table after five successive defeats, the latest coming in the form of a 1-0 loss away at Dartford and a 1-0 defeat at home to Forest Green.
Luton Town’s Stuart Fleetwood continued his fine goal scoring form early in the season taking his seasons tally to six, one ahead of Cambridge’s Tom Elliot, Aaron O’Connor of Newport and Adam Walker of Nuneaton.