Tuesday saw the first full programme of the season and week on table toppers Hayes & Yeading brought back down to Earth with a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of Newport County. There were also comprehensive wins for Braintree Town (Sean Marks bagging a brace in a 5-0 win at home to Grimsby) and Gateshead, who continued their strong start to the season with a 3-0 win against Mansfield at the International Stadium. York City new boy Jason Walker took just six minutes against his old club as the Minstermen beat Barrow 3-1 at Bootham Crescent. Andy Morrell struck two goals within a minute late in a dominant performance as Wrexham dispatched Bath 2-0.
Telford and Luton Town both played their first games of the season, neither managing to get a perfect start to the season, Telford losing 1-0 at Cambridge United and Luton coming away with a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road against a Forest Green side who have looked good so far. Kidderminster bounced back from the opening day defeat with a 1-0 win away at against Lincoln City, whilst Stockport County and Tamworth both gained home wins against Kettering and Ebbsfleet respectively. The other games between Alfreton and Southport and Fleetwood and Darlington finished goalless in a match despite there being eight bookings.
The second Saturday of the season rolled round a few days later with two standout results. Forest Green’s unbeaten start to the season started continued with a 6-1 win at newly promoted Alfreton Town, Reece Styche bagging two goals in the rout. Luton Town also remained unbeaten with a 5-1 victory over Southport, which was a tight game until Luton scored four goals in seven second half minutes. Gateshead went to the top of the table on goal difference even after being held 1-1 by 1ten man Kettering. The three other teams level on points at the top of the table all won. Wrexham scored their second away win of the week with a 2-1 win at Lincoln, Fleetwood won another hard fought match (nine bookings this time) 1-0 at home to Hayes & Yeading, and Tamworth beat Darlington 1-0 thanks to a late Iyseden Christie penalty.
Stockport County are the only other team unbeaten at this point in the season and Nick Chadwick’s second goal of the season helped them to a 1-1 draw against Ebbsfleet at Edgeley Park in a match that the Stockport fans were promised the cost of their tickets back if they lost. There were also away wins for Barrow, who won 1-0 at Bath with Adam Boyes scoring in his third successive game, Kidderminster continued their strong away form with a 2-1 win at Cambridge thanks to a Steve Guinan double, Michael Gash scoring Cambridge United’s consolation. Telford scored an unexpected win away at on of the title favourites York thanks to a late goal from Craig Farrell. The two other games were deadlocked as Braintree drew 1-1 with Mansfield and Newport v Grimsby ended goalless.
At this early stage there are six players all tied on three goals each at the top of the goal scorers list. These are Adam Boyes (Barrow), Andy Morrell (Wrexham), Danny Rose (Newport), Jon Shaw (Gateshead), Reece Styche (Forest Green) and Jason Walker (York)