Blue Square Premier League – The start of the run in

by Stephen Fallows

Fleetwood and Wrexham are continuing to dominate the season, and look set to battle it out for the title right until the end. Fleetwood currently hold a five point lead although Wrexham do have a game in hand, but they are eighteen points clear now of their nearest rivals.

Luton, Mansfield and Southport are currently holding the play off places although there are a few teams in or around which could still play a part in the end of season festivities.

York are just one point off fifth place and look the most likely team to sneak into the play offs, although Grimsby, Kidderminster and Gateshead could also have a chance if the teams above them slip up. Barrow have seen themselves climb into the reckoning recently with a fine run of three successive home victories before Braintree, Forest Green and Cambridge all battling away for a top half finish in the remaining weeks.

After Cambridge, there is a nine-point gap to fourteenth place Ebbsfleet and another point further back to Tamworth. Although these teams should be safe, the bottom half is a perilous place and a bad run could put any of the teams down here in danger of a relegation battle.  Stockport have fought back after a dreadful run earlier on in the year and a re now five points ahead of the drop zone, just ahead of Alfreton, Newport, Lincoln and Telford.

Hayes have fallen into the bottom four, with Darlington and Kettering struggling due to the serious ongoing financial problems that have dogged the teams during the season, the fact that they are both still in existence is testament to the determination of the club and fans in these dark days. Bath City remain rooted to the foot of the table, as they have done for most of the season, but they have earned some good wins during the season and have fought all the way.

Liam Hearn of Grimsby still leads the top scorers list with 26 goals, just one ahead of Gateshead’s Jon Shaw and another goal ahead of Jamie Vardy of Fleetwood.

As the FA Trophy stands after the first legs of the semi finals, York City hold a slender 1-0 lead over Luton, with the return at Kenilworth Road still to come. In the other semi, Newport beat Ryman league side and this seasons form team Wealdstone 3-1 in the first leg, with the second leg still to come at Grosvenor Vale.

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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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