The Blue Square Bet Premier entered its last fortnight with a busy schedule and still a lot to play for. So far only Telford relegation has been confirmed and with a lot of games to be payed, fatigue and injuries could play a part in the upcoming games.
At the top of the table Kidderminster Harriers and Mansfield Town continued their great run of form with convincing victories for both against teams battling for their Conference lives. The Harriers managed beat Lincoln City 3-0 with goals from Danny Jackman, Kyle Storer and Lee Vaughan. Title favourites Mansfield stayed a point behind the leaders with two games in hand after a fine 4-0 win away at struggling Barrow. A first half Matt Green double followed by second half goals from John Dempster and Lee Stevenson ensured that the title win stayed in Mansfield’s hands.
Wrexham’s faint hopes of winning the title all but disappeared after a 2-0 defeat way at mid table Woking thanks to a second half brace from Jayden Stockley which left them eleven points off the pace but comfortable in the hunt for a play off place. Newport County and Grimsby Town filled the other two play off places and almost cemented their places with draws against Cambridge (0-0) and Southport (2-2) respectively. Grimsby twice came from behind to goals from Karl Ledsham, but Andy Cook and a last minute strike from Cleveland Taylor earned a share of the points.
At the bottom end of the table Telford’s miserable run continued with a 2-0 defeat against Dartford that took their club record winless run to 30 games. Ebbsfleet United and Nuneaton did themselves no favours as they cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw. The Fleet had looked to win the match and claim a priceless victory, but Nuneaton fought back with a last minute goal from Andy Brown which left both teams in the bottom four.
Other teams around the relegation zone fared well, with Stockport beating Alfreton 3-2 and Gateshead hammering out of form Luton Town 5-1 at their latest home, Carlisle United’s Brunton Park, after being forced to use other grounds with the International Stadium not fit for use due to drainage problems. The win lifted them two points ahead of the bottom four and still with a lot of work to do to conserve Conference football for the the Tynesiders next season.
In other results, Tamworth beat Forest Green 2-1, all but finishing the Rovers’ chances of reaching the play offs for this year, Hereford beat Macclesfield to take their seventh place in the league, and Braintree beat Hyde United 2-1 in the mid table clash.