Blue Square Bet Premier League – Harriers hit the front

Blue SquareKidderminster headed back to the top of the Blue Square premier after Michael Gash scored the all-important winning goal in a 2-1 victory over play off bound Wrexham. The Harriers had taken the lead through James Vincent in the first half but Danny Wright levelled for the Red Dragons before Gash’s vital strike.

Mansfield stumbled but remains slight favourites for the title after a 2-1 defeat at Braintree Town left them one point off the leaders, but the Stags still have a game in hand. The hosts came from behind after an early goal from Matt Green, but second half strikes from Matt Paine and Kaine Sheppard sealed the win.

Newport qualified for the play offs some time ago and should be favourites to take third place after a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Alfreton Town. A goal in each half from Christian Jolley and Byron Anthony sealed the points for the Welsh side, who stayed ahead of compatriots Wrexham, who fell at Kidderminster. Grimsby Town occupy the last place in the top five after a 1-1 draw against Luton Town, with the Hatters coming back from a goal down to claim a share of the points.

Two teams lost their place in next season’s conference as defeat for Barrow and Ebbsfleet United condemned them to the Conference North and South respectively. Barrow lost a hard-fought game 2-1 at the Abbey Stadium against Cambridge and Ebbsfleet were beaten at home 3-1 by already relegated Telford, made even worse for the hosts as Ashley Williams first half hat trick lead Telford to their first win in six months.

With some teams still having two games left to play, there are seven possible teams fighting to avoid the last relegation spot. Stockport County currently occupy that spot, after going down 1-0 at home to Dartford, with Tamworth and Gateshead only two points clear of the drop zone. Should those three teams grab a result in Tuesdays games, it will drag the next four teams into the relegation dogfight on the last day of the season. Lincoln, Southport, Nuneaton and Hyde United are all in danger of going down, and it could all come down to Saturday evenings games.

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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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