Blue Square Bet Premier League – No change at the top

by Stephen Fallows

Newport managed to stay top of the league despite losing at home 3-2 against Woking. The visitors took a commanding lead through a Kevin Betsy double in the first quarter of an hour although Andy Sandell brought the home side back into the game with a free kick on the stroke of half time. Bradley Bubb secured the points for Woking midway through the second half before Mike Flynn hit a late consolation.

Luton’s 2-1 win at fellow high flyers moved the Hatters to within a point of Newport. Yan Klukowski had put the hosts ahead early in the second half, but goals in the final quarter of an hour from Stuart Fleetwood and Scott Rendell with a last minute penalty  were enough to put Luton three points clear of Wrexham, after their game away at Braintree was postponed.  Dartford scored two goals within a minute at the end of the first half to win 2-0 against Mansfield. Eliot Bradbrook and Ryan Hayes earned the points for the hosts to move into fourth place

Matthew Barnes – Homer scored a penalty with just seven minutes remaining gave Macclesfield victory against ten man Grimsby, although the Mariners nearly did enough to force a draw, but couldn’t find a way past the Macclesfield keeper.  Alfreton and Telford shared the points in a 1-1 draw at North Street. Ben Tomlinson had put the hosts ahead but Chris Sharp equalised midway through the second half.  Struggling Ebbsfleet managed to improve their fortunes with a decent 1-0 win at Tamworth.  A Tom Phipp goal on 45 minutes was enough to move the ‘Fleet three points from safety.  Lincoln and Stockport shared six goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Sincil Bank. The game, which swung one way, then the other saw an action packed second half after Jamie Taylor scored the only goal of the first period. Jordan Fagbola and Craig Hobson put Stockport 2-1 up. John Nutter briefly levelled but Paul Turnbull once again put Stockport in the diving seat until Jamie Taylor made sure the points were shared with a last minute strike.

Kidderminster remained in the bottom four after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Gateshead.  Anthony Malbon put the harriers ahead early in the second half, but a last gasp strike from Ben Clark denied Kidderminster a vital win.  Southport fought back from two down to earn a point in a 2-2 draw at home against Hereford. Samuel Clucas and Ryan Bowman’s penalty put the Bulls in a seemingly commanding position, but Karl Ledsham and a Chris Lever penalty five minutes later saw the game finish in a stalemate.  Barrow continued their recent fine form despite being held to a draw away at basement club Nuneaton. Danny Rowe put the Bluebirds ahead, but they couldn’t hold on as Andy Brown’s goal earned a late point for the hosts.  Ryan Crowther scored a late winner for Hyde away at Cambridge to bring the visitors their first away win of the season.

Kettering Town’s recent troubles have meant they haven’t played a competitive game since losing 7-0 to Bashley on October 6th. There is reported interest in taking over the club and the Evo-Stik league have recently asked the club to ensure they can fulfill their fixtures.

Truro City manager Lee Hodges has confirmed he is staying in his post despite the troubles the club has recently endured, Similarly to Kettering, they have failed to name a full squad for their most recent game and after using the only available substitute were reduced to ten men after losing a player to injury. The team played in front of a season best crowd of 613, and the community seems intent on helping the club stay afloat. The recent takeover by three local businessmen seems to have stopped anything further from happening, but their is a long way to go on this story.

The latest club with some troubles appears to be Hereford United, after struggling to pay players wages and a tax bill, although this is a new story and no doubt has a lot more to come from it over the coming weeks.

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Stephen Fallows

Stephen Fallows

Barrow AFC fan, long since joined the ranks of the disenchanted after becoming disillusioned with the Premier League juggernaut, although keeping a keen eye on all things football and like every football fan, has an opinion on whats going on.

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