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Matchday 6 Skrill Premier Preview

League title.
Another set of fixtures for the teams of the Skrill Premier as we enter the end of the first month of the season and there is only one place to start in this week’s preview.

This Saturday sees the return of the cross boarder derby as winless Chester make the trip to the Racecourse to face fierce rivals Wrexham. The game has been made a bubble game and a 1pm kick off with the expectation of trouble is rather high. But on the pitch we will have a great game as Chester look to pick up their first points of the season. The Blues have added Danny Higginbotham to their ranks arriving from Sheffield United. While Wrexham have not had a great start to the season picking up 5 points from 5 games a win, 2 draws and a 2 losses leaving last season’s play-off finalist Wrexham sitting 16th. The one win coming on the opening day as they beat Welling 2-1 at home.

In fact Chester could be sitting bottom of the league come 5pm on Saturday. If they lose then Aldershot could in fact over take them should they win at Southport fc. Aldershot have clawed back their 10 points deduction landed them on at the start of the season and if they were handed their points deduction they would be sitting 14th in table. Weekends results saw a 1-0 loss to Salisbury and a 2-1 win over Woking. Meanwhile the Sandgrounders have had an enjoyable start under Alan Wright sitting 9th in the table after sitting top after 2 games with wins by the odd goal against Luton and Hyde. Their Bank Holiday weekend was a mixed one with a 2-1 win over Gateshead at home before a 1-0 defeat to Halifax on the Monday. But so far are proving doubters as many tipped them to finish at the wrong end of the table.

Following Monday’s round of fixtures we have a new league leader as Barnet now sit at the top of the Skrill Premier only by a goal difference of +1. A 3-0 win for the Bees away at Braintree Town put the Bees flying high. They welcome Hyde FC to the Hive this Saturday. The Tigers will be hoping they will not be stung by the Bees as they look for their first win of the new season. The Tameside club have so far picked up two points with a draws against Wrexham and Hereford both 2-2. They currently sit 21st in TSP.

The team Barnet knocked off the top of the table was Cambridge United. The Us were held to a 0-0 draw away at Luton Town following a 1-0 win over Lincoln City on the Saturday with Luke Berry scoring the only goal of the game. The visitors to Abbey Stadium is Staffordshire side Tamworth. Dale Belford’s side 17th in the Skrill Premier with 5 points to their name which has record similar to Wrexham. The one win came against Sailsbury away with Wayne Thomas scoring the only goal of the game to give the Lambs the three points.

Another clash of the titans comes at Aggborough as Luton Town are the visitors. Both teams have had an indifferent start to the season. Steve Burr’s Kidderminster have had three wins and 2 losses in the first five games. The three wins came against Gateshead (3-1), Braintree (1-0) and Chester (3-1). While the two losses came against Nuneaton on Monday (2-1) and Alferton (3-1) on day two of the season. Despite not picking up any points in the latter two games I am sure Harriers fans will be happy with their side’s start compared to the last one. While John Still’s Luton will be looking to break the sequence of 2 0-0 draws with came against Forest Green and Cambridge United. The Hatters faithful will be hoping that a win against Kidderminster will kick start their season and normal service will be resumed in making it to the Play-offs.

It is the battle of the last season step 2 play-off winners as Halifax make the long trip to play Salisbury fc at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. Halifax have made a really great start to the season and sit 6th in the league table. Over the bank holiday weekend the Shay men picked up points with a 2-2 draw away at Macclesfield Town. Before a 1-0 win over Southport on the Monday with Kevin Holsgrove scoring the winner for the Yorkshire side four minutes from time. While for Salisbury they sit 19th in the league with 4 points. One of those points came Monday with a 0-0 draw with Welling United. The other three came on the Saturday against Aldershot who they beat 1-0. The Whites fans will be hoping that Mikey Harris and the team and continue this good form.

Fourth welcome third in Skrill Premier at Blundell Park as Nuneaton make the trip to Grimsby. Nuneaton are one of the surprised teams who have made a great start to the season. The Boro took four points at the weekend with a 1-1 draw at Barnet fc before beating local rivals Kidderminster 2-1 at home. A trip to Grimsby will be tough for the Warickshire side as Rob Scott’s side will be looking to make up for the disappointment of missing out on the play-off final last season. Grimsby took six points over Bank Holiday with a 3-1 win over Alferton on the Saturday. Before beating Hyde 1-0 in the late kick off which was broadcasted on BT Sport. Nuneaton sit just one point ahead of Grimsby having drawn one more game then their Saturday hosts.

Another team expected to be challenging at the top of the table come April is Forest Green Rovers. FGR have started brightly to the season with two wins and two draws as well as finding the back of the net 12 times in five games giving them a goals to game ratio of 2.4 goals per game. The Bank Holiday fixtures saw them draw 0-0 with fellow big spenders Luton Town. Before a win away to winless Chester at the Deva stadium. Danny Wright and Matthew Barnes-Homer the scorers for the Rovers. Alferton have made a decent start to the season with 3 wins already including beating favorites Kidderminster on day 2 of the season. However the Bank Holiday saw them lose their second game of the season 3-1 away to Grimsby. But made up for it with a 2-1 win at home to former Football League side Hereford United. Nicky Law’s Reds will be hoping to keep up their start to the season as we look to enter September.

It may still be August but Lincoln City fans will no doubt be happy with their start to the season following last season battle to survive. The Imps make the long trip down south to face Dartford, who impressed many in their first season as a conference side. The Darts have had a sluggish start to the season winning 2 games and losing 3. Meaning manager Tony Burman has come under a tad bit of criticism and will find it tough against Lincoln who expect to have 500 or so fans make the long trip to Kent for tomorrow’s game. Both teams picked up 3 points over the Bank Holiday. Dartford lost 2-0 at home to Braintree before beating Tamworth 2-0 in Staffordshire. While Lincoln lost 1-0 to league Leaders at the time Cambridge before beating Wrexham 2-0.

Macclesfield Town have had a poor start to the season sitting 20th ahead of the visit of Braintree Town to Moss Road. The Macc have only secured 3 points this season with 3 draws and are still waiting for their first win of the campaign. A 2-2 draw with Halifax on Saturday before a draw at Gateshead by the same score line has left the Cheshire based club just dangerously at the wrong end of the table. While Braintree sit in mid-table (13th) with 7 points- two wins and a draw. The Weekend double header got off to a good start with a 2-0 win over Dartford at Princes Park before losing 3-0 at home to Barnet which sent the visitors to the summit of the Skrill Premier table. Alan Devonshire’s side will be hoping to improve on last season’s 9th place finish.
Hereford United welcome Welling United to Edger Street in the battle of the United’s on Saturday. Following money problems last season the Bulls will be hoping to put them behind them and have a successful season in their bid to return to the Football League. Hereford sit 12th in the table level on points with visitors Welling on 8 points. The Wings were promoted as champions from the Blue Square South last season and have adapted well to life in the Skrill Premier. With 2 wins and 2 draws. Last Saturday saw them beat fellow Woking 4-2 away from home before being held to a 0-0 draw with fellow promoted BSS side Salisbury 0-0. While for the Bulls they enjoyed a 1-0 win over Tamworth before losing 2-1 at Alferton on the Monday.

The final game in the Skrill Premier sees Woking take on Gateshead. Woking sit in the wrong half of the table in 18th place with one win and a draw. While the Northern club sit 22nd with just one point to their name. After Ant Smith resigned as boss last week Gateshead picked up their first point of the season a 2-2 draw with Macclesfield on Monday under caretaker manager David Rush following a 2-1 loss at Southport on the Saturday. While for Woking they were to lose both games over the weekend first a 4-2 loss at home to Welling before being beaten 2-1 at Aldershot Town.

We will have a full round up to Saturday’s fixtures on the website over the course after Saturday’s fixtures are played.

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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.

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

An Ebbsfleet Look at the fixtures

Yesterday saw the announcement of the fixture list. We caught up with David Bryom, news shopper journalist and owner of the blog the Conf blog to discuss Ebbsfleet.

Recently relegated Ebbsfleet United will start their 2013/14 Conference South campaign at home to Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday 17th August.

The match will signal the start of a new era for The Fleet after an eventful off-season that saw them nearly go out of business before being rescued by KEH Sports, who immediately installed former-Charlton Athletic Chief Executive Peter Varney as Executive Vice Chairman.

Departed Fleet boss Liam Daish photo by Chris Turner

Departed Fleet boss Liam Daish
photo by Chris Turner


The change of ownership also ushered in a switch in the dugout, as the club’s longest-serving manager Liam Daish was replaced by former-Charlton defender Steve Brown, with ex-Addicks manager Steve Gritt as his assistant.

Brown attracted criticism from some in the league due to the fact he signed six players he used to coach at Dover Athletic, where he was previously Assistant Manager, and Brown and those players – including highly-rated midfielder Dean Rance and striker Ben May – will renew acquaintances with Dover in just their second game of the season as they head to The Crabble on Tuesday 20th August.
The Fleet and Dover will also play each other over the Christmas period, at Stonebridge Road on Saturday 28th December. This match is sandwiched in between a Boxing Day and New Years’ Day double-header against Bromley.

Ebbsfleet have retained four players from the last time they were in this division, in the forms of defenders Paul Lorraine and Joe Howe, midfielder Tom Phipp and star goalkeeper Preston Edwards. These four players will face thirteen teams that they also faced when the side won promotion back to the Conference Premier, meaning they will feel confident that their experiences will stand them in good stead to fight for promotion this season, especially when the squad has been bolstered by signings such as midfielder Stacy Long, who played for the club when they won the FA Trophy at Wembley in 2008.
The season ends with in April 2014, a month that will prove crucial to The Fleet, as they visit the likes of Staines Town and Sutton United, both of whom will be aiming to challenge for promotion this season.
As well as playing their first match at home, Brown’s men will also finish the season at Stonebridge Road, against Dorchester Town, when Fleet fans will be hoping they have plenty to cheer about.