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Skrill Premier match day 4 previews

League title.The first bank holiday weekend of the season is upon us and it is once again the busiest time of the season. It is quite tasty at the top of table and the top 4 all meet each other this Saturday and come 5pm it could all change.

Cambridge United have made a great start to the Skrill Premier season and sit ahead of the league table. Richard Money’s side sits there alongside Barnet and Nuneaton on seven points. As well as Lincoln City, who visit the U this Saturday. Both teams are unbeaten with two wins and a draw. So something may give on Saturday afternoon.

Second place Barnet welcome third place Nuneaton to the Hive, who have made a fantastic start to their second season in the Skrill Premier. The visitors had just avoided the drop last season and now sit level on points with Barnet and Cambridge in the table and only third due to a goal difference of 2 goals. While Edger Davids Barnet have quietly gone about their business. They sit unbeaten like the others which I am sure what everyone at The Hive wanted following relegation from the Football League.

While at the other end sees basement club Aldershot, now on -6 points visit Salisbury. Promoted from the Blue Square South last season are yet to win this season and sit 22nd in the league with 3 games played and no points won as well as having only find 2 goals so far. Aldershot will no doubt be disappointed with the points deduction had they not had the points deduction, the Shots would be sitting 12 in the division going into to Saturday’s fixture had they not have the points deductions. But in manager Andy Scott. They have a manager who will be able to them away from the relegation places when they get to zero points.

Sitting one from bottom is Chester who have made the return to the Skrill Premier. Formerly Chester City. The Blues haven’t had had an easy return to the pinnacle of non-league. Three games in a 3 losses. However they have faced Barnet and Hereford in that time. On Saturday they make the trip to Worcestershire to play last season’s runners up and many people’s favorites to take the title in Kidderminster. The Harriers sit sixth in the table with 2 wins and a loss and I am sure Steve Burr will be a lot happier with the start to the season then last season. Where they sat bottom of the table.
The harriers were beaten in the play-off semifinal by north Wales side Wrexham, who will be looking to make it third time lucky. On Saturday they welcome Hyde to the Racecourse ground on Saturday.

The Dragons have started sluggish with a win a loss and a draw sitting 14th in table. The loss came away to Halifax who got their first win of the season that night with a 3-2 win. While Hyde were last season’s major success story- no one expected them to stay up but they did quite convincingly which included a win at home over Wrexham. This season they have started slowly as well with a 2 loses and a draw. The Tigers were hammered 8-0 at Forest Green on day one before a 2-1 lose at home to Southport. Before drawing 2-2 with Hereford last Saturday.

Another team who were close to going down last season was Southport, who have had a great start with a 1-0 win at home to Luton. New manager Alan Wright has so far proved the critics wrong as many tipped them to go down. They host Gateshead to Haig Avenue looking to get back to winning ways after a 3-1 loss at Nuneaton. Gateshead will be hoping that this season they can be back challenging for honours near the top after last season which saw them having to play at Middlesborough, York and Boston for their home games. Also they will be looking for a new manager as Ant Smith resigned as manager during the week.

Another team who were forced to move a couple of ‘home games’ to a different team were Halifax, who are another side to have returned to the Skrill Premier from the lower leagues. Unlike Chester the Shaymen have had a decent start to their return despite a 5-1 loss to Cambridge on the opening day and had 2 men sent off. They got their first win of the season at home to Wrexham 3-2 which impressed many punters. They visit Macclesfeild, who have had a summer of torment which includes the club now being owned by the local council. On the pitch it hasn’t started well with 2 losses and a draw.

Macclesfield fell into the football league with Hereford who welcome Tamworth to Edger Street. The Bulls are another team who had a troubled season so hopefully will be pushing for a better season and already sit 9th in the table one point ahead of Tamworth. Dale Belford’s Tamworth have made a good start and are unbeaten with 1 win and 2 draws. Belford has now been installed as permanent manager following taking over in caretaker role from Marcus Law at the turn of the year.

The biggest team to drop into the Conference was Luton who fell out of the Football League in 2008 and have remained ever since. Last season was their poorest since that time with a 7th place finish however they did make the 5th round of the FA Cup and did beat Norwich City in the process. This season John Still will wanting to take them back into the play offs and this Saturday they face a team in challenging them in Forest Green in the battle of the millions. Both teams are reported to have budgets of a million pounds each. Still’s counterpart in Dave Hockaday will be hoping they can break into the top 5 this season coming.

Alferton are the only team so far we haven’t talk about in the top 10 of the table as they make the trip to Grimsby. The Rams have quietly gone about their business with 2 wins and a loss sitting one points off fourth place Lincoln. The Rams also upset the odds on Match day 2 with a 3-1 over Kidderminster at the Impact arena. Grimsby haven’t made the best of starts as Rob Scott’s side were held by brother Andy’s Aldershot on day one and are currently sitting 16th in the table. But will no doubt be swimming up the table soon.

Kent are now represented in the Conference Premier by just one team in Dartford who surprised many by a top half finish last season. The Darts have only had one winner this season so far which was at home to Alferton 1-0 before losses to Aldershot 3-0 and 2-0 to Halifax Town respectively. While Braintree sit 12th in the table following one win, one draw and one loss. The one loss came last Saturday with a 89 minute winner from Kyle Storer to see Braintree fall to a 1-0 loss they win be hoping for another decent season.

Woking welcome Welling in the battle of the W’s. Woking are another team to have one win one draw and one loss sitting 17th in the table sitting behind Welling in 15th with identical records the only difference is Welling have scored 2 more goals then Woking but have conceded 2 more goals then the Cards.

Full fixture list: Barnet v Nuneaton, Cambridge v Lincoln, Dartford v Braintree, Forest Green v Luton, Grimsby v Alfreton, Hereford v Tamworth, Kidderminster v Chester, Macclesfield v Halifax, Sailsbury v Aldershot, Southport v Gateshead, Woking v Welling and Wrexham v Hyde.


Prediction from the Skrill Conference Premier title

League title.The race for the Skrill Conference Premier title will be stronger then ever this season not least with the introduction of a Dutch legend to the league. Here we predict the runners and the riders will be ahead of the new season.

A lot of people are talking up BARNET as potential champions this season mainly because of Edger David as manager of the Bees but for me they will sadly not be champions this season. I think no matter who is in charge it will be tough to change a losing mentality into a winning one in a short space of time. They come up against a CHESTER side who will be on a winning mentality after promotion from the Blue Square North last season.

But the Blues are not a contender for me this season. Despite gaining three successive promotions from the Northern Premier League First Division to the Conference Premier, I think that Neil Young’s side will struggle to achieve that fourth successive promotion as champions. However I do think that they will finish comfortably in the top half of the table in their return to the Conference.

Chester’s biggest rivals, one of last season challengers and play off runners up WREXHAM will be up there again this season. Will it be third time lucky for the Red Dragons? Personally I would like to see them achieve promotion. But, I think Andy Morrell needs to look at his strikers, yes having himself and Brett Ormarod formerly of Southampton and Preston North End, may bring experience to the team but age isn’t on their side and I think that Wrexham maybe well suited if they were to bring in a younger striker with the legs to chase down any long ball and to run at the defenders.

Wrexham in fact beat my title favorites in the play-offs last season in KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS. The Harriers story is well known, having appeared on the Daily Mail website last season and only finished two points off champions Mansfield.

Kiddy boss Steve Burr has managed to keep hold of star striker Michael Gash, whose goals no doubt lead them to their second place finish. While the pain of going so close last season will spur the Harriers.

LUTON TOWN will be looking forward to a better season then last season as they finished 7th in the table. Under John Still I believe they have a manager who can lead them back into the Football League and I believe that this will be this season.

If they could transfer their success in last season’s FA Cup run, where they went to round five which included beating Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road, then Still’s men could put them into the Football League as last season they seemed to sacrifice a play-off spot for the FA Cup run just as Wigan Athletic did as they lost their Premier League status.

One of the team Wigan beat in their cup run was MACCLESFEILD TOWN. The Silkmen have a had a strange summer with the club becoming owned by Cheshire East Council, which means the community own the Cheshire based club.
Also once again the Silkmen are under new management as John Askey will take over from Steve King, who was given the boot toward the end of the previous season. However for me I don’t think it will be promotion for Macc. But, I do think they will make the play offs.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED could well be the surprise package for this season as they have looked to have spent big. Boss Richard Money has brought in Adam Cunnington, who finished second top scorer last season in the Blue Square Premier. While they have also brought in on loan goalkeeper Chris Maxwell from former Conference Premier Champions Fleetwood Town, whom he joined last season from Wrexham and went back on loan last season to the Racecourse ground and was in goal for the FA Trophy final and the Blue Square Premier Play-Off Final.

However for the Us they will make the play-offs but I don’t think they have enough to win the conference premier play offs for me. Despite the singings I think it could take them a while to gel and it could be a while to this happen and they won’t be able to do what Kidderminster did last season and lose a number of games at the start of the season and be able to make it to the play offs.

DARTFORD will be hoping for another great season in the Skrill Conference Premier next season. Their debut season was a success and they finished just outside of the play offs and were in the mix for the majority of the season.
Maybe with minor tweaks here and there and winning games where they drew or lost them then they could push into the play offs.

GRIMSBY TOWNare the final team for me to look and think they will be promotion contenders. Since there fall out of the Football League they always seem to be there or there about. But this season I think that they will be play-off contenders and will miss out again this season.

Top 5 for me
1 Kidderminster Harriers
2 Luton Town
3 Grimsby
4 Cambridge United
5 Dartford

A look at Barnet FC fixtures

Yesterday we spoke to David about Ebbsfleet fixtures. Today we talk to Conference new boys Barnet and blogger and Sports Journalist Josh Ilan about the Bees fixtures on their return to the Conference.

On the whole, the fixtures could not have gone much better for Barnet.

Barnet FC new ground The Hive under construction.

Barnet FC new ground The Hive under construction.

We start the season at home to Chester, recently promoted to the Conference. A feisty affair between two good footballing sides; plus good opponents to open The Hive.

Our next two games are trips to Tamworth and Gateshead. Both are traditional Conference sides, which will help the club, players and fans get used to the realities of quality at a lower level. The latter fixture will be our longest journey, so it is great to get that out of the way early on.

Fast forward to the Boxing Day fixture, us Barnet fans got our dream fixture: Luton Town at home. Our reverse fixture to The Hatters is on New Year’s Day, with a trip to Salisbury in between.

If – in typicl Barnet fashion – we leave it to a late burst of form – the fixtures go kindly in our favour. In our final six fixtures, we have: Forest Green, Halifax Town and Braintree Town at home; Southport, Nuneaton Town and Lincoln City away – the latter will be our final game, not a bad way to end the season.

Unlike in previous years, the fixtures have gone in our favour. We ony have one far away Tuesday night game, that being Southport in April.

We also avoid a run of fixtures against probable promotion contenders, which may prove vital to our aspirations.

I, for one, am happy with our fixtures.

Full Barnet fixture list: http://www.barnetfc.com/fixtures-results/

You can follow Josh on twitter at @JoshIlan_BFC

The opening day to the Conference

League title.

The fixtures for the Conference are out and the key fixture on day one sees newcomers from the Conference North Chester vist Edger Davids Barnet at The Hive .

Chester was promoted to the Blue Square Premier last season after taking the Blue Square North by Storm. While Barnet led by Edger Davids were relegated out of the football league and making a return to the Football Conference.

Other opening day fixtures see a repeat of the final day fixture as Luton visit Southport, under the new manager of Alan Wright while Aldershot face a tough start away at Grimsby.

The full fixture list in the Conference reads opening day fixtures Barnet v Chester, Cambridge United v Halifax Town, Dartford v Alfreton, Forest Green Rovers v Hyde, Grimsby v Aldershot, Hereford v Braintree, Kidderminster Harriers v Gateshead, Macclesfield v Nuneaton, Salisbury v Tamworth, Southport v Luton, Woking v Lincoln City and Wrexham v Welling.

While in the Conference North the opening day fixtures which starts on the 17th August sees AFC Telford v Workington, Barrow v Brackley, Guiseley v Soilhull, Histon v Colwyn Bay, Leamington v Bradford PA, North Ferriby v Gloucester, Oxford v Harrogate, Stalybridge v Hednesford Town, Stockport County v Boston, Vauxhall v Gainsborough and Worcester City v Altrincham.

The Conference South open up as the following: Bishop Stortsfield v Bath, Concord Rangers v Basingstoke, Eastleigh v Sutton, Ebbsfleet v Havent and Waterlooville, Farnborough v Cheltenham, Gosport v Dover, Hayes and Yeading v Bromley, Staines v Dorchester, Tonbridge Angles v Boreham Wood, Weston Super Mere v Eastbourne and Whitehawk v Maidenhead.

For full list of fixtures please see the Conference website.

Dutch Courage at Barnet

28th May 2003, Juventus play AC Milan at Old Trafford, Manchester, in the 2003 Champions League final. In the Juventus starting 11 is the midfield genius of Dutch legend Edgar Davids. The result doesn’t really matter in this context but for the record Milan won 3-2 on Penalties after a 0-0 draw.

Barnet player/manager: Edgar Davids

Barnet player/manager: Edgar Davids

Fast-forward 10 years later and following trips to Tottenham and Crystal Palace. The Dutchman is player/manager of Barnet and the Bees are ultimately relegated into the Conference Premier.

Following much talk around the London club it is announced that the Davids is going to continue in his role at Barnet as they move into their new ground- The Hive.

Staying can only be a good thing, which Graham Stack, who was plying his trade at Arsenal in 2003 think that his boss sticking around can be a boost as they look to make a swift return to the football league.

Despite being nearly 40, Davids will still buzzing round League Two pitches like a bee on a warm summers day. But how will he cope in the Conference.

Luckily for Edgar it is not that far away from the standard of league two as the likes of Crawley and Stevenage have proven in the past. As players like to certainly get stuck in and put their foot in a bit.

Players will certainly want to ruffle his feathers as they did in League Two. But, I am sure Davids will be able to draw on the experience which has seen him win the Champions League, The UEFA cup, Serie A and play in 4 major international tournaments.

He will needed in on midweek trips to the likes of Hyde FC or Alfreton Town FC where the pitches are compact and the facilities are certainly not like the ones found at the Nou Camp where he has spent time on loan.

It will be weird seeing him walk out in the Conference when he use to baffle defenders in Italy’s top league just a decade ago but, it will be a privilege to go and watch him strut his stuff.

Some of his skills is something which will no doubt give opposing players a nightmare in the run up to games and there may be no answer to it but managers will be looking to find away to stop him. Some might double up on him or even triple up or some might just stick the player who likes to kick the player the most in the hope it winds him up so much he has to sub himself off.

But I think the best way to stop the Dutch legend is to cut off the supply to him. Stop the ball going to then not only do you have the ball and a better chance of scoring but also, it stops him from weaving his magic on the pitch and create goals for himself or his teammates.

He may not even play in the Conference and may just hang up his boots, which will be a shame if he does as he will be an interesting talent to pay the entrance fee to see play.