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Skrill Premier review 19th October

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We are now over two months into the Skrill Premier season and the table is starting to take shape as team who are going to be battling it out for the title and who is going to be in for a long season battling relegation Saturday’s round of fixtures saw a total of 45 goals being scored with seven fixtures having four or more goals being scored.

Hyde fc are still yet to win a game this season as they went down 4-3 to Dartford at the Princes Park stadium. Matt Gooden put the Arrowmen 2-0 up before Scott Spencer scored two goals of his own on 34 minutes (from the spot) and 43 minutes. Before Chris Almond put the Tigers 3-2 as they looked to be taking their first win of the season. But, with seven minutes left George Monger made it 3-3 before Gooden completed his hat-trick with just three minutes to go leaving the Tigers win out a win this season.

Another 4-3 game was at the Lamb and it went the way of the visitors as Luton over turned Tamworth in Staffordshire. Tamworth went 1-0 up thanks to Daune Courtney opening the scoring on 13 minutes but Jonathan Smith made it 1-1 on 31 minutes before Andy Parry made it 2-1 just before the interval. In the second half the Hatters were quick out of the box as just a minute in Paul Benson made it 3-1 on 46 minutes then just moments later 4-1 on 54 minutes. Tamworth did pull back two goals thanks to Lateef Elford-Alliyu from the spot and a second for Courtney but they couldn’t do enough to win the game.

Kidderminster are still looking towards promotion this season as they beat Lincoln City 4-1 at Aggborough Michael Gash gave the Harriers the lead just 3 minutes before half time. Before Andrew Boyce doubled the hosts lead 10 minutes into the second half when he put through his own net. Harriers skipper Kyle Storer made it 3-0 before Nick Wright made it 3-1. But right on full time Anthony Malbon made it 4-1 to the Harriers.

Gateshead also ran out 4-1 winners as they won by that score line away at Nuneaton. James Marwood put Heed 1-0 up on 15 minutes before the lead was doubled that to Jordan Hugill on 20 minutes. In the second half ColinLarkin made it 3-0 from the penalty spot before Robert Ramshaw made it 4-0 just before the hour mark. Louis Moult pulled on back for Nuneaton on 73 minutes but the damage was already done.

Alfreton claimed another great win as they beat Aldershot 3-2 at The Rec. In a fast 10 minute spell the visitors went 2-1 up thanks to Shaw opening the scoring on 23 before Jaydon Gibbs made it 1-1 on 28 minutes but Tom Law restored the visitors lead on 31 minutes to go into the break 2-1 up. The shots drew level just two minutes into the second half thanks to Brett Willams but Jake Speight won the game for Alfreton just before the hour mark.

Newly promoted Halifax Town are enjoying life back in the Conference Premier as they beat Welling United 3-0 at the Shay. This was thanks to a first half hat-trick from Lee Gregory who netted on the 7th 24th and 36th minutes to keep the Shaymen riding high in the Conference.

Halifax were promoted from the Blue Square North a long side Chester and the Deva were beaten 3-0 at Braintree. A early double from Charlie Strutton (6 and 7 minutes) put Braintree 2-0 up before Dean Wells added a 3rd on 28 minutes. The results leaves the Deva in third from bottom in the Skrill Premier, while Braintree sit in 4th place.

Cambridge United remain the only unbeaten side in the Skrill Premier as they beat Salisbury 2-0 to remain top of the league. The U’s won the game thanks a 5 minute double from sub Kwesi Appiah in the second on 49 and 56 minutes.

Grimsby are 5th in the league after they came from behind to beat fellow promotion hopefuls Forest Green at Blundell Park 3-1. FGR went 1-0 thanks to Klukowski on 24 minutes. Before a double from Ross Hannah 34 and a 64 minute penatly. Before Alex Rodman sealed the win for the Mariners with 6 minutes to go.

Wrexham are slowly climbing up the Skrill Premier table after they beat Woking 2-0 at Racecourse ground. Dean Keates put the Reds Dragons 1-0 up on 21 minutes before Joe Clarke secured the win for the North Wales side when he netted on 90 minutes.

Barnet were in the winners in the battle of the Bulls and Bees at they won 1-0 at Edger Street the home of Hereford United. The only game came 9 minutes before half time when Ahmed Abdulla netted for the visitors. Who now have Carl Fletcher, who has previously played for West Ham and the Wales National team.

On Thursday night Macclesfield and Southport played out a 2-2 draw. Conor Jennings put Macc 1-0 up on 10 minutes before Danny Hattersley leveled up on 61. Conor Jennings got his second as he made it 2-1 on 77 minutes. But Southport leveled in the final minute when Jamie Milligan made it 2-2 from the penalty spot on penalty.

You can view the Skrill Premier league table here.


Skrill Premier Review 14th September

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We are now eight games into the season and every team is now on plus points and the weekend saw a major change at the bottom of the Skrill Premier.

Aldershot moved off the bottom of the Skrill Premier on Friday night with a 2-0 win away to Hereford United in what their first away win in over nine months. A brace from Brett Williams on 14 and 66 minutes gave the Shots all three points and mean that they went into Saturday’s fixtures knowing they would be off the bottom of the league.

It was also a 2-0 at the Racecourse ground as Wrexham got their second win of the season at home to Luton, who have had their worst start to a season in the Conference. Former Bury striker Andy Bishop opened the scoring on 21 minutes for the Dragons before Johnny Hunt made it 2-0 to the hosts on 58 minutes. Luton’s defeat got even worse when substitute Alex Wall got himself sent off in the second half.

The final Friday fixture came at Woking where they were held to a 2-2 draw by Tamworth. Richie Baker opened the scoring for the visitors on 24 minutes. Before a second half double from debut loanee Scott Rendell (70 minutes) and a Gavin Williams penatly on 78 minutes put the hosts 2-1 ahead. But youngster Richard Peniket drew the Lambs level with an equalizer on 84 minutes.

With Aldershot winning it meant Hyde slipped to 24th in the table and they stayed their with a 2-1 lose at Kidderminster Harriers who took an early lead from Anthony Malbon on 3 minutes. But the 23 Hyde fans who travelled didn’t have to wait long for an equalizer as Tom Collins made it 1-1 on 15 minutes. But not long after that the Harriers went back in front with a goal from Michael Gash just after the half hour mark. The result sees the Tigers rooted to the bottom of the Skrill Premier still without a win this season.

Cambridge United remain top of the table with a 1-0 win over Gateshead United at the Abbey Stadium. Adam Cunnington’s goal on 16 minutes was the difference to keep United unbeaten.

The only other unbeaten side in the Skrill Premier is Nuneaton as they won 2-1 away at Dartford. An eight minute brace from Louis Moult on 4 and 8 minutes gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before Dartford pulled one back through Elliot Bradbrook on 28 minutes but it wasn’t enough as the Boro made the trip back to Warwickshire still unbeaten.

Barnet slipped to 4th and Lincoln 8th despite drawing 1-1 at the Hive. The Bees went ahead on 56 minutes through Keanu Marsh-Brown but the midfielder’s goal wasn’t enough as Jon Nolan equalized on 90 minutes.

Forest Green Rovers moved into third with as they left it late to win 2-1 win against Halifax at the New Lawn. The Shaymen had gone ahead on 34 minutes when Dan Gardener put the visitors ahead from the spot. But, injury time goals from Anthony Barry and Mango Vieira gave FGR the win.

Grimsby are now 7th with a 1-0 win over Braintree at Blundell Park. The Mariners went ahead through Lenell John-Lewis on 13 minutes as he scored the only goal of the game to give the hosts all three points.

Chester’s mini unbeaten run came to an end away at Salisbury as the Whites won 3-1. Despite the Blues going ahead on 14 minutes thanks to Joe Heath. But goals from Dan Fitchett (29), Elliot Frear (67) and Clovis Kandjo (85) gave the hosts all three points, which was briefly stopped when a Parachutist was blown of course and landed on the pitch and both teams were reduced to 10 men- Angus MacDonald on his Salisbury debut and Shaqullie McDonald, who was also making his debut (for Chester) got dismissed.

Southport and Welling United played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Haig Avenue. Lee Clarke put the visitors ahead on just after half time before Chris Almond leveled it up on 51 minutes before Danny Hattersley put the Sandgrounders ahead with 28 minutes to play. But with just 14 minutes to go Ross Lafayette drew Welling level.

Macclesfield slipped to 23rd in the table as they lost 1-0 at home to Alfreton Town at Moss Road. The reds goal came on 27 minutes thanks to Daniel Meadows. The result leaves Macc still searching for their first win of the season and first under new boss John Askey.

The next round of fixtures is this Tuesday (17th September): Aldershot v Barnet, Alfreton v Cambridge United, Chester v Macclesfield, Halifax v Grimsby, Gateshead v Wrexham, Hyde v Woking, Lincoln v Southport, Luton v Dartford, Nuneaton v Hereford, Salisbury v Braintree, Tamworth v Kidderminster and Welling United v Forest Green.

Skrill Conference Premier review 31st August

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There was 34 goals in match day 6 of the Skrill Premier as we start to get a look at how the league is going to shape up for the new season. We also had a massive derby which saw a team win their first game of the season.
There is only one place to start and that is the Racecourse ground as Wrexham entertained winless Chester. The Blues upset the odds coming away from their rivals with a 2-0 win as goals from Paul Linwood on five minutes put the visitors ahead on five minutes. Before Nathan Turner double the lead on 17 minutes put them 2-0 up and the Blues held out till the end to give their first win of the season in the Skrill Premier. The result also sees Chester jump to 22nd in the league.
Another 2-0 away win came at Aggborough as two late penalties from Jakes Howells on 70 and 81 minutes gave Luton all three points as the Hatters as they moved above the Harriers to go 11 place with Kidderminster sitting 12th in the league. John Still and his team will be hoping for Luton to have turned the corner from last season disappointment.
Salisbury won the battle of promoted teams against Halifax Town as they had two more men sent off. In two moments of madness the Shay men had Kevin Holsgrove and Josh Wilson sent off for the visitors.
On the pitch the hosts went into a 3-0 lead with goals from Elliott Frear (29), Luke Ruddick (69) and Ben Wright (81 minutes). Before Halifax pulled one through an own goal thanks to Ryan Brett with three minutes to go but it wasn’t enough for the Shay man as it was the second time already in the season that they have been reduced to nine men.
Cambridge took over top spot on goal difference as they beat Tamworth 3-0 at the Abbey Stadium. The Us went ahead just before half time as one of last season’s leading Marksmen Adam Cunnington scored from the spot against his former club. Before a second half double from Luke Berry on 58 minutes and 66 minutes to return to the summit of the table.
Barnet relinquished top spot despite being involved in an entertaining game as they beat Hyde FC 3-2. The Bees went 2-0 up with goals from Keanu Marsh-Brown (on 5 minutes) and Mark Byrne (40 minutes). Before the Tigers roared back with two goals from Liam Tomsett on 46 and 78 minutes. But the travelling Hyde fans dreams of taking a point were shattered on 84 minutes when substitute Harry Crawford netted the winner for the Bees.
Nuneaton stayed third in the league table as they beat Grimsby 2-1, who dropped to 8th in league table. Gavin Cowan put Nuneaton ahead on 26 minutes before Andy Brown doubled the lead on 33 minutes and the Warickshire side held on despite the hosts pulling one back on 86 minutes through Andy Cook.
Another team winning 2-1 on the road was Lincoln, who are having a great start after last season poor time, away at Dartford who have not had a great start like last season. The Imps went ahead on 21 minutes through Ben Tomlinson and just 12 minutes later Andrew Boyce double the visitors lead. The Darts pulled one back through Elliot Bradbrook on 59 minutes but it wasn’t enough for the Darts who sit 16th in the league.
Completing a small set of 2-1 wins is Hereford who triumphed over Welling by that score line. Chris Sharp put the hosts ahead just after half-time. Before they doubled the lead just before the end when Michael Rankine made it 2-0 on 84 minutes. Welling made it an interesting end when Ross Lafayette made it 2-1 on 90 minutes but it was too little too late for Welling.
Braintree got a 1-0 win away at Macclesfeild, who are still yet to win a game this season. The visitors went ahead just two minutes after half time when Liam Enver-Marum put the visitors ahead but neither team were able to find the net again during the game.
Aldershot are still on minus points as they went down to a 1-0 loss against Southport. The Shots could have moved onto 0 points with a win. But, a first half goal from Osayamen Osawe on 27 minutes saw the Sandgrounders return to the top five as Alan Wright’s men continue to upset the odds.
Big spending money Forest Green Rovers got another win as they beat Alfreton Town 3-1 at the New Lawn. A first half double from James Norwood on 7 and twenty three minutes put FGR 2-0 before Danny Wright made it 3-0 ten minutes before half time. But with 10 minutes to go till full time Alfreton were to pull one back through Dan Bradley.
Gateshead got their first win of the season with a 2-1 away at Woking. Heed went 2-0 with goals from James Brown on 20 minutes and Jamie Chandler on 30 minutes. Before a last minute penalty from Gavin Williams on 90 minutes.

The next round of Skrill Premier Fixtures is this Saturday on the 7th September on what is Non-league day. A full preview round up will be up on Friday.

Skrill Premier review 24th August

Chester scored their first goal of the season but are still searching for the first win.

Chester scored their first goal of the season but are still searching for the first win.

Chester FC are still looking for their first win of the Skrill Premier but they did finally manage to find the back of the net. But it wasn’t enough to beat league favorites Kidderminster Harriers as they scored three goals of the own to beat the Blue 3-1 at Aggborough.

The Harriers went 2-0 up with goals from Josh Gowling and Marvin Johnson. Before Danny Harrison pulled one back for Chester on half time. But a Chester fight back was killed off on 90 minutes when Joe Lolley scored his first goal for the Harriers to give them a 3-1 win. The result also promoted Kidderminster into 2nd place where they finished last season.

Another team winning 3-1 was Grimsby at home to Alfreton. Grimsby went ahead on 13 minutes through Liam Hearn before Joe Colbeck made it 2-0 on 39 minutes and Patrick McLauglhin made the game safe for the host on 57 minutes when me made it 3-0 but Nick Fenton pulled one back for Alfreton on 90 minutes.

Cambridge United remain top of the table with a 1-0 win over Lincoln, who fell to their first loss of the season. Luke Berry gave the Us all three points on 41 minutes when he beat visiting keeper Paul Farman. The results see the Imps fall to 10th in the table.

Barnet slipped to 4th place in the Skrill Premier with a 1-1 draw with fellow unbeaten side Nuneaton at the Hive. Despite going ahead on 16 minutes through Jake Hyde. The Warickshire side equalized just before half time through Andy Brown on 43 minutes.

The final team to make up the top four is Southport who enjoyed a 2-1 win over manager less Gateshead at Haig Avenue. A first half double from Karl Ledsham (34, 45) gave the hosts a 2-0 lead but just after the hour mark Richard Brodie pull one back for the visitors.

Woking and Welling shared six goals as Welling ran out 4-2 winners over Woking at the Kingfield stadium. The visitors raced into a 3-0 lead with an own goal from keeper Aaron Howe, before Doug Bergqvist doubled the lead on 19 minutes before Harry Beautyman made it 3-0 ten minutes later. Brett Johnson pulled on back for the hosts on 38 minutes. Before Loick Pires made it 4-1 on 67 minutes. But Joe McNerney grabbed a consolation for the hosts on 69 minutes.

Hyde left it late to take a point against Wrexham. Tom Collins had given the Tigers the lead on 13 minutes from the Penalty spot. Before 2 quick goals from Kevin Thornton and Junior Mtname. Just before the break gave the hosts a 2-1 lead and it looked like all three points were staying in North Wales until Scott Spencer made it 2-2 on 90 minutes again from the spot.

Another game that finished all square at 2-2 was Macclesfield v Halifax at Moss Road. Lee Gregory had given the Shaymen a 1-0 lead on 16 minutes before Holsgrove doubled the lead on 21 minutes for Halifax. But goals from Scott Boden (38 minutes) and Jack MacKreth gave the Macc a spoil of the points who also had Connor Jennings sent off.

Braintree overcame Dartford 2-0 at Princes Park. Both teams enjoyed great seasons last season and it was the visitors who took the lead on 69 minutes when Alan Massey scored before Liam Enver-Marum made it 2 on full time.

Hereford have made a decent start to the second season in the Skrill premier as they beat Tamworth 1-0 at home. The only goal of the game came on 51 minutes when Sam Smith beat Cameron Belford (son of boss Dale Belford) to give the Bulls all three points.

Theo Lewis was Sailsbury City’s hero on Saturday as they beat Aldershot 1-0 at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. The goal from the Whites number ten came on 51 minutes for side which was a whole league away from Aldershot last season who remain on – points.

The only 0-0 draw of the day came at Forest Green Rovers who held fellow big spenders Luton Town.

Teams don’t have to wait too long for the next set of fixtures which are played this bank Holiday Monday. Full fixture list is as follows (Kick offs 3pm unless stated) –
Aldershot v Woking
Alfreton v Hereford
Braintree Town v Barnet
Chester v Forest Green Rovers
Halifax v Southport
Hyde v Grimsby (17.30)
Gateshead v Macclesfield
Lincoln v Wrexham
Luton Town v Cambridge United
Nuneaton v Kidderminster
Ramworth v Dartford
Welling v Sailsbury