Blue Square Bet Premier – The goals dry up

by Stephen Fallows

A rather goal shy week compared to recent round of this exciting season so far in the top flight of the non league pyramid, with four goalless draws but still plenty of action.

Newport moved to four points clear despite being held to a draw away at Macclesfield. Matthew Barnes – Homer’s late strike cancelling out Tony James first half lead for the table toppers.  Wrexham failed to capitalise on the Exiles dropped points after losing 4-2 at home to Lincoln, who won finally picked up an away win. The Imps raced to a three goal lead through Nicky Nicolau, Jamie Taylor and Connor Robinson and looked to have secured the points with twenty minutes left. The Red Dragons had other plans and Jay Colbeck threatened to bring the hosts back into it. Colin Larkin ended hopes of a dramatic comeback with just two minutes remaining, but that wasn’t the end of it as Joe Clarke managed to score a last minute consolation.  Luton moved into third with two goals in the last five minutes from Alex Lawless enough to see off strugglers Nuneaton. Grimsby also moved up after seeing off Telford in a hard fought 2-1 victory. Nathan Pond scored for the Mariners but Steve Jones leveled for the hosts. Ian Miller struck what proved to be the winner six minutes from time.

Mansfield left it till the last minute before Matt Rheads header secured a win against Forest Green who dropped to fifth in the table, but held onto their play off place. Barrow’s improving form continued as a 0-0 draw at home against Dartford made it three games unbeaten. Hyde won only their second game of the season but stayed bottom of the league after coming from behind to beat Tamworth 2-1. Marcus Kelly gave the Lambs the lead but a second half brace from Phil Jevons won the three points for the home side.  Penalty in first half injury time from Sean Newton was enough for Stockport to earn a win against Kidderminster to move the Hatters into the top half of the table and leave the Harriers back into the relegation zone.

Southport edged Woking in a five goal thriller in a game which saw both teams down to ten men. Kevin Betsy put Woking in front, but Andy Parry and Chris Lynch swung the game in Southport’s favour. Gavin McCallum brought Woking level with just twenty minutes left, but a penalty from Chris Lever with just eight minutes left saw the Sandgrounders run out the winners. The other games in the league finished 0-0, with Ebbsfleet & Alfreton / Gateshead & Cambridge and Hereford & Braintree sharing the points in their respective games.

Kettering, from fielding ten men last Saturday, to only having six available on Tuesday leading to their match being postponed now are looking at hopefully surviving the season and only dropping one division, instead of the three or four leagues they would have to be demoted if they were liquidated and came back as a phoenix club. As well as the lack of players, which due to a transfer embargo, they seemingly cannot resolve, their is also the issue of an unpaid electricity bill, which has caused power to be cut off at Nene Park, their home ground since leaving Rockingham Road.

It now seems the job of Alan Doyle, who took over as caretaker – manager less than two weeks ago, to keep trying to keep the club alive whilst owner Imraan Ladak tries to find a agree a deal with one of the three interested parties to sell the club and to take it back to  where it belongs.

The other club currently facing liquidation, Truro City have been given an extra week to pay a £50,000 bond to continue their membership of the Football Conference. They had failed to pay the bond last Thursday, and have now been given till Thursday 18th October to settle the fee. This is due to the fact that there was interest in buying the club on Wednesday night and this didn’t leave enough time for everything to go through before the deadline expired.

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