Blue Square Premier League – Goal Bonanza

An action packed weekend in the Blue Square Premier with the 12 games producing 48 goals.

Wrexham stayed two pints clear at the top of the table after their 4-1 victory at home to Kettering. Andy Morrell scored a deflection to put the home side ahead before Mark Creighton gave the host a comfortable lead. Djoumin Sangare briefly brought the Poppies back into the game before a double from debutant James Colbeck secured the points for the dragons.

Fleetwood managed to keep tabs on their title rivals after a solid 1-0 win away at the leagues newest crisis club Darlington. Danny Rose scored the only goal of the game for the Cod Army, but perhaps more important was the fact the game drew over 5,000 fans (which delayed the kick off due to congestion outside) and helped raise some much needed money for Darlington.

Luton stayed third after a six-goal thriller at Haig Avenue. Hosts Southport went ahead through Tony Gray’s 25-yard shot and Vinny Mukendi doubled the host’s lead. They couldn’t hold on though as Danny Crow and Adam Watkins quickly brought the Hatters back into the match and level at half time. Aaron O’Connor nearly won Luton all three points but Kevin Pilkington’s own goal ended the match at 3-3.  York remained in the play off places after beating Ebbsfleet 3-2 at home. Matty Blair put York ahead before Nathaniel Pinney equalised. The parity was short lived as Matty Blair scored his second and then assisted as James Meredith scored York’s third. Callum Willock scored what was to be a late consolation but nothing more for the Fleet. 

Kidderminster are currently in the final play off place after two injury time goals just gave them the points in a 2-0 win away against 10 man Alfreton. Anthony Malbon scored in the last minute of normal time on his debut before Jamille Matt secured the points in the 95th minute.

Gateshead are still in touch with the top five after another the second 3-3 draw of the weekend at home to Lincoln. Two more players saw red at the International Stadium as both teams ended with ten men. Richard Pacquette put Lincoln ahead before Jon Shaw and a Yemi Odubade brace put Gateshead in a strong position before a second Richard Pacquette goal and Sam Smith secured a point for the away side. Cambridge kept up with the play off chase with a fine 2-1 win away at Telford. Kevin Roberts scored on the stroke of half time for the U’s before Chris Sharp’s equaliser early in the second half. Tom Shaw scored the winner for the away team just moments later. Grimsby scored an excellent win at home to bottom club Bath City. Liam Hearn scored his fourth hat trick of the season added to goals from Kiernan Hughes – Mason, Anthony Church and a Andy Gallinagh own goal to ensure the Mariners stayed in the top half.

Mansfield twice came from behind to earn a hard fought three points in a 3-2 win at home to Hayes & Yeading. Julian Owusu put the visitors ahead but Ross Dwyer equalised. Louie Soares again put Hayes & Yeading ahead, but goals from Matt Green and a last minute penalty from V=Ben Hutchinson won the points for the Stags. 

Barrow also came from behind twice as they scored an important 3-2 win away at Tamworth. Kyle Patterson twice put the hosts ahead, but Paul Smith and a late double from Andy Cook saw the points head back with the Bluebirds. Newport managed to stay just out of trouble in a 0-0 draw with Forest Green. Braintree dropped points at home to Stockport after going two goals up early in the second half. Aswad Thomas and Nicky Simons saw the home side in a strong position, but Joe Conner and Danny Rowe then fought back for the point which still sees Stockport clear of the bottom four.

On Tuesday night Fleetwood moved to the top of the table after a 3-1 win at home to Braintree Town. Magno Viera scored a brace either side of a Jamie Vardy goal after Matthew Paine had earlier given Braintree the lead. Forest Green dealt the shock of the night as they beat Wrexham that knocked the Dragons off the top. Matty Taylor scored the only goal of the game which saw Forest Green stay mid table. York and Kidderminster managed to both stay in the play off places after a 1-1 draw at Aggborough. Chris Smith gave York the lead but a late goal from James McQuilkin earned a point for the home side.

Gateshead stumbled in their pursuit of the top five whilst Kettering won their first game in thirteen in a 2-1 win. Danny Mills and Aman Verma put Kettering in strong position before Jon Shaw gave the visitors hope in the last few minutes. Gateshead late pressure was alas not enough as the Poppies held on for an important three points.  Southport also slipped up after losing 2-0 away at Lincoln. Jean – Francois Christophe put the hosts ahead before a special long-range goal from Richard Pacquette sealed the win.

Barrow again produced a battling performance, coming from behind twice in a decent 2-2 draw at home to Grimsby. Liam Hearn and Scott Garner put the hosts ahead twice but couldn’t hold on. Adam Boyes and Joe Jackson ensured the home fans didn’t go home disappointed. Nathaniel Pinney scored a brace and set up the other goal for Liam Enver – Marum as Ebbsfleet stormed to a 3-0 win at home to Tamworth.

Hayes & Yeading just about held on after a spirited fight back from struggling Darlington. Louie Soares scored from the penalty spot, along with Daniel Wishart and Tom Collins gave the hosts a comfortable three-goal lead. A Darlington comeback in the last ten minutes with goals from Jamie Barton and an own goal from Pele (not that one) gave the Quakers hope.  This was a fine performance from a young Darlington team that could only have one more game left to play, unless a new owner comes forward.  Stockport and Telford both remain just above the bottom four and couldn’t be separated at Edgeley Park. Telford went two up with goals from Chris Sharp and Steve Jones in the first half. A second half comeback with goals from Daniel O’ Donnell (again, not that one) and Carl Piergianni gave the Hatters a share of the points. 

Alfreton moved out of the bottom four with an easy 3-0 win away to Bath, who were reduced to nine men by the end of the game. An Adam Connolly own goal, as well as a penalty from Nathan Jarman and a Craig Clay goal in the last minute was enough to see the visitors home. .

Liam Hearn’s weekend hat trick took him to the top of the goal scorers charts. The Grimsby hit man now has 23 goals for the season, one ahead of Gateshead’s Jon Shaw. Jamie Vardy of Fleetwood is in third place with 18 goals.

The Author

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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