Blue Square Premier League – Week 9

by Neil Sherwin

The week’s action began at the Abbey Stadium with Cambridge came back from behind twice against Stockport to earn a share of the points. Nick Chadwick put Stockport ahead only for Luke Berry to get Cambridge back in the game. Danny Whitehead put the Hatters ahead again only for Jordan Patrick to make the final score 2-2.

With Wrexham playing on the Sunday, Gateshead rose to the top of the top of the Blue Square Premier for 24 hours after a 1-0 win away at Ebbsfleet United who slipped into the bottom four after the defeat. Jeff Henderson’s first half goal was enough to see the Tynesiders hit pole position. Wrexham beat Hayes & Yeading 2-0 the following day to return to the top with Nathaniel Knight – Percival and Mathias Pogba scoring the all-important goals.

Fleetwood let their chance of reaching the top slip as they drew 0-0 at home to Forest Green in what was a quiet game. York City remained in the play off places after a 6-2 win against fellow high flyers Braintree Town. Goals from Patrick McLauglin (2), Ashley Chambers, and Jamal Fyfield put York four up before Sean marks pulled the score back to 4-1 at half time. Aswad Thomas briefly threatened to bring Braintree back into it before Jason Walker and Adriano Moke made the final score 6-2. Luton Town scored an impressive 2-1 win away at Kidderminster. Robbie Willmott scored twice before Tom Sharpe’s consolation for the Harriers.

Mansfield moved into sixth place after beating Grimsby 2-1. Michael Coulson put Grimsby ahead before Luke O’ Neill and Paul Connor scored deep into the second half to earn the three points for Mansfield.  Southport kept themselves in the hunt for the playoffs after beating struggling Newport 3-0 away at Newport Stadium. Simon Grand, Karl Ledsham and Tony Gray made sure that Justin Edinburgh managerial career in Wales had the worst possible start.

Tamworth and Barrow both ended the day in the top half of the table after both won at home. A brace from Kieran St Amie, an Iyseden Christie penalty and Francino Francis ensured a comprehensive 4-0 win against Lincoln City, whilst the Bluebirds eventually beat Telford 2-1 at the Furness Building Society Stadium after a slight scare. Adam Boyes put Barrow ahead with a penalty as they lead at half time. Craig Farrell equalized for Telford before Ritchie Bakers late winner.

Darlington became Bath City’s first victims of the season as the Romans recorded their first win this term at Twerton Park. Sean Canham and Lee Phillips scored after a goalless first half to finally wrap up three points at the fourteenth attempt.  Kettering just kept their heads above the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw away at fellow strugglers despite being reduced to ten men. Anton Brown put Alfreton ahead before Kettering’s Jerel Ifil ‘s straight red card. Adam Cunnington scored a penalty after being fouled to salvage a point for the Poppies.

With Wrexham and Gateshead not in action on Tuesday, Fleetwood missed out on the chance to move into second place after losing 4-1 at home to lowly Newport. Gareth Seddon put the Cod Army ahead in the first minute, but that was as good as it got for the home team, with Sam Foley scoring either side of a Danny Rose penalty to leave Newport 3-1 up at half time. Foley completed his hat trick on the hour to complete the shock win for the Exiles.  York and Luton both gained away draws to stay in the final two play off places. Southport’s Vinny Mukendi scoring a late equalizer the deny York the three points.  Luton also failed to hold onto a lead after going two up through Amari Morgan Smith and James Dance. Michael West hit back for home side Ebbsfleet with a brace including one deep into injury time to ensure a share of the points

Cambridge kept up the pace with the top teams after coming out on top of a seven-goal thriller at Twerton Park. Bath twice went ahead in the first half after goals from Charlie Clough and a Marc Canham penalty but Michael Gash and Ashley Carew managed to keep Cambridge in the game. Luke Berry put the U’s ahead again after the break only for Canham to hit another penalty. Tom Shaw hit the winner for the away team to end an excellent tie.  Kettering ended their recent poor run and added to Braintree’s recent slump in form with a 2-1 win at home. Adam Cunningham put the poppies ahead before Sean Marks equalized. Aman Verma scored the all-important goal to earn Kettering the points.

An eventful start at Kidderminster saw Lee Vaughn miss a penalty and get sent off in the first five minutes against former club Telford. John Adams then put Telford ahead only for Jamille Matt to equalize for the Harriers. An own goal from Dan Preston put the home side ahead but Chris Sharp’s goal meant the teams shared the spoils. A Liam Hearn’s second hat trick in three games and an Anthony Elding double saw Grimsby earn the Mariners comprehensive win against Barrow. Paul Smith and Jack Mackreth scored the goals for Barrow, which were just a consolation.

Stockport and Darlington fought out another seven-goal thriller on this night of leaky defences.  Jamie Chandler (Darlington) and Nick Chadwick (Stockport) scored within the first few minutes before Michael Paton put Stockport ahead, only for James Walshaw scored to make sure Darlington went into the break on level terms.  Paton and Chandler exchanged goals before Greg Taylor’s stunning strike won the points for the away team.

In the remaining games, Hayes & Yeading’s Tom Collins two goals were enough to put Forest Green to the sword and Lincoln grabbed an impressive away win despite having no manager after losing Steve Tilson. Two from Sam Smith and a goal from Gavin McCallum scored for the Imps with Paul Clayton giving the hosts a temporary lifeline.

Gateshead’s Jon Shaw still leads the goalscorers lists with 13 goals. Jason Walker from York is second on 11 and Barrow’s Adam Boyes just behind him with 10.

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