Another eventful Matchday Adventure, this time taking in Tamworth’s Lamb Ground for their National League North encounter with Stalybridge Celtic. Read the rest of this entry
Dave A. Burin finds himself at Bower Fold for his latest Matchday Adventure. Read the rest of this entry
The FA Cup might be taking most of the headlines this weekend, but there are still a lot of games in the Conference North and South taking place. Here’s a quick preview:
There are nine matches in Conference North tomorrow, with the top four all in action. Leaders Hyde travel to Boston United, who currently lie in tenth place. Hyde have won their last three league games without conceding a goal after a run of four without a win. Boston, meanwhile, have a decent home record, with three wins and three draws from their eight matches at York Street. Hyde should pick up all three points, although they won’t have things all their own way.
Second placed Stalybridge Celtic are the only top four club to be playing in front of their own fans this weekend, as they entertain Histon United. Celtic have only lost once this season, a 0-2 reverse at Colwyn Bay in October, but have won two and drawn one since that defeat, and scored ten goals in the process. They boast the second and third top scorers in the division, Connor Jennings and Phil Marsh, who have 27 league goals between them. Histon lost 4-0 at Hyde last time out, and so a trip to the second placed team is probably not high on the wishlist for them! They did win the two previous games, but lost three of the five before that. It’s hard to imagine anything other than a comfortable home win.
Third and fourth placed Gainsborough Trinity and Guisely are both on their travels, with Trinity going to North Wales to take on mid-table Colwyn Bay and Guisely making the trip to second bottom Eastwood Town. My money is on a Guisely victory, but Colwyn Bay will take something from their match with Gainsborough.
Full fixture list for Conference North, all games kick off at 3pm:
Boston Utd v Hyde
Colwyn Bay v Gainsborough
Eastwood Town v Guiseley
Gloucester v Harrogate Town
Nuneaton v Workington
Solihull Moors v Bishop’s Stortford
Stalybridge v Histon
Vauxhall Motors v Droylsden
Worcester v Altrincham
There are six matches in the South, with fourth placed Dartford the highest placed team playing. They host mid-table Weston-Super-Mare knowing they will go second with a win. Over the last few games, Dartford have been alternating wins and defeats, and going by that run a defeat is next in the sequence. That doesn’t seem very likely though, and I would expect to see the points stay with the home side.
Game of the day though could be at Meadow Park, where eighth placed Boreham Wood host Dover, lying in fifth. A win for the home side would see them within a point of their opponents, while a defeat for Dover would see them slip down to sixth on goal difference, even though sixth or seventh aren’t playing! Bottom club Thurrock are not in action which means they could find themselves cut adrift if the two clubs above them can win. That will be no mean feat for either Hampton & Richmond Borough or Staines Town however, as they both travel to teams just outside the top ten. Borough go to Dorchester, while Staines are at Tonbridge. It is hard to see anything other than home wins, although one of them might just scrape a draw.
Full fixture list for Conference South, kick off 3pm:
Boreham Wood v Dover
Dartford v Weston-S-Mare
Dorchester v Hampton & Richmond
Farnborough v Eastleigh
Havant and Waterlooville v Eastbourne Boro
Tonbridge Angels v Staines Town
With a programme curtailed by the FA Cup, there were just five games played in the Conference North. These games did entertain though, with fourteen goals shared between the clubs, and no goalless draws.
Leaders Stalybridge maintained their three point lead at the top of the division with a 2-0 win over Worcester City at Bower Fold. The visitors themselves are currently chasing a playoff place, but two goals from striker Connor Jennings sealed the points for the home side. The young striker now has thirteen goals in the league this season. Second placed side Hyde also won, with a convincing win at Harrogate Town. The result was made all the more striking as all three goals came from defenders. Andrew Pearson, Danny Hall and Gianluca Havern netted the goals that keep up the pressure on the leaders.
Boston United missed the chance to rise into the playoff places as they could only manage a 2-2 draw with Colwyn Bay. Jason Lee put the hosts in front, but it was the visitors who went in ahead at halftime. Two goals from Lee McEvilly in stoppage time at the end of the first period turned the score on it’s head. In fact, it wasn’t until the eighth minute of added time at the end of the game before a thunderous thirty yard effort from Ben Milnes meant the spoils were shared.
In the other two games, Histon recorded a much needed win, beating Workington 2-0 thanks to second half goals from Daniel Sparkes and Dan Holman. The result saw Workington drop to second bottom, as Eastwood Town got themselves a fine 2-1 atVauxhall Motors thanks to goals from Jake Sheridan and Jarrod Westcarr. The home side had led through a McGivern penalty, but that lead lasted just two minutes.
There is another game on Halloween night, as Hinckley United host Solihull Moors. Both sides find themselves in a scary position in the league, and will be hoping to find the ghouls, sorry goals, to climb the table.