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FA Trophy draw and reaction

The FA Trophy  (photo by Whitley Bay FC)

The FA Trophy
(photo by Whitley Bay FC)


On Monday lunchtime every non-league fan who team was still in the FA Trophy was glued to their computer screen and the FA website to see who their club had drawn in the FA Trophy 2nd round.

32 teams will play on the weekend 14/15th December to move one step closer to Wembley and the FA Trophy final.

For those who haven’t seen the draw on The FA website here it is.

1 Staines Town or Luton Town v Wrexham

2 Whitehawk v Basingstoke Town or Havant & Waterlooville

3 Eastleigh v Gateshead

4 Barnet v Coalville Town or Grimsby Town

5 Barrow v Maidenhead United

6 Gosport Borough v Nuneaton Town

7 Tonbridge Angels or St Albans City v Cambridge United

8 Guiseley v Bradford Park Avenue

9 Aldershot Town or Weston Super Mare v Worcester City or AFC Telford United 

10 Tamworth v Boston United

11 North Ferriby United v Woking

12 Whitstable Town v Ebbsfleet United

13 Leek Town v Hungerford Town

14 East Thurrock United or Dover Athletic v Leamington or Northwich Victoria

15 Braintree Town v Lincoln City

16 Chorley v Dartford or Forest Green Rovers

NB St Albans and Havent and Waterlooville have won their replays on Monday night.

The tie of the round should Luton win tonight is game one as they will welcome last seasons winners Wrexham who overcame Gresley from the Northern Premier League at the Weekend.

A tough battle is always expected between these two teams and the draw will have made it even an even bigger reason for Luton to go through.

But forStaines the thought of welcoming the winners of last seasons competition to The Wheatsheaf park will be massive and are no strangers to the big game having been in the first round of the FA Cup this season losing 5-0 to Brentford away.

Leek Town have a great tie in the face of welcoming Hungerford Town. It may not see like a massive tie for the Staffordshire side but it is certainly a winnable one for the Evo-stik Northern Premier League first division south side.

Hungerford do sit 8th in the Southern League but The Blues are at home and having seen off Brackley at home in extra time and Altrincham away.

But I do believe that Lee Casswell and his team can once again upset the odds.

For me personally I like the look of the last draw Chorley v Forest Green Rovers/Dartford.

Simply because as many of you will know I am a Chorley fan.

For a while the Magpies have craved a big team at Victory Park and while it may not be Luton or Wrexham at VP FGR and Dartford will be tough to beat but with the Magpies on a 12 match unbeaten run if they can keep the run up then I would fear for an upset if I was a FGR or Dartford.

Key info
Ties to take place 14/15th December 2013
Winners will receive £6,0000

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Review of FA Cup Round One Action

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Some people may wonder why I am only posting this now but if truth be told the FA Cup 1st round has only just finished. So we are going to look back at the 10 games that I picked out on Friday.

The biggest upset was on Saturday when Swindon Town visited Cheshire and face Macclesfield Town. An upset was forseeable but nobody saw a 4-0 score line being the result. Goals from Connor Jennings (2), Scott Boden and Peter Winn saw them put a massive upset at Mose Road.

Stourbridge will be representing the Dudley Borough in the second round with a trip to Stevenage after they hammered Biggleswade with a 4-1 win at home. Two goals from the on loan Ryan Rowe and one each from Will Richards and Luke Benbow put the Glassboys through. While Evan Key scored for Biggleswade which made it 1-1 at one point.

 

Hednesford Town pushed Crawley Town all the way at Keys Park. After a goalless first half The Pitmen captain Darren Campion netted an own goal to give Crawley the lead before Elliot Durrell equalized from the spot but with just minutes to go sub Emilie Sinclair scored the winner put the Surry side level.

 

Edger Davids took his Barnet side to Lancashire to face Preston North End, but against one of the top 4 teams in league one they came unstuck as the Lilywhites ran rampant winning 6-0.

Goals from Tom Clarke, Joe Garner two and a half hat-trick from Paul Gallagher won the Lilywhites the game who also had Stuart Beavon sent off. While the Bees lost Keanu Marsh-Brown to a 12th minute red card.

 

Daventry’s big day out at Chesterfield didn’t end too badly as they took a creditable 2-0 defeat.

It took over an hour for the hosts to find the back of the net with Gary Roberts scoring on 69 minutes and Jimmy Ryan on 88 minutes. As the Northamptonshire side enjoyed their day in the limelight.

 

Halifax Town were knocked out of this seasons competition losing 4-1 at MK Dons. MK won the game with goals from a Izale Mcleod brace, a penalty from Shaun Williams and Brendon Galloway. While Lee Gregory scored the goal for the visitors.

 

Bishop Stortford lost 2-1 to Northampton in front of the TV cameras on Sunday. It took until the hour mark for the Cobblers to break through with Danny Emerton scoring for the visitors before Luke Norris made it 2-0 for the Football League side. The Storts got a goal back through Reece Prestedge but it wasn’t enough to force a replay.

 

In the all Skrill Premier clash it was Wrexham who came out onto of Alfreton by winning 3-1.

A brace from Andy Bishop put the Red Dragons ahead before Jake Speight scored from the spot just after the hour mark. But Jay Harris made it 3-1 to kill off anymore fight backs from Alfreton.

 

Gloucester City went out of Saturdays competition losing 2-0 at home to League Two leaders Fleetwood Town.

Goals either end of the game from David Ball (11 minutes) and Jon Parkin (84 minutes) put the Cod Army though to the second round of the competition.

 

The final of our top 10 games was Shortwood United playing Port Vale in front of the BT Cameras as Vale ran out 4-0 winners.

The Vale went ahead on 15 minutes through Jennison Myrie-Williams and on 30 minutes Vale went 2-0 with Chris Birchall making it 2-0. It stayed that way until the end when on 89 minutes Williams scored from the spot, before Chris Lines it 4-0 on 90 minutes.

The Vale team had to use a local park and ride to get to the ground due to no car park being at the ground.

Watch highlights of the game here.

There were other shocks including Tamworth beating Cheltenham 1-0 at The Lamb but there were impressive wins for Kidderminster Harriers, Dover and Welling (who knocked out Luton who made last seasons 5th round.) While Gateshead, Grimsby and Lincoln City all have replays against Football League sides.

The Magic of the FA Cup 10 games to look out for.

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The Magic of the FA Cup returns this week and this is when it gets really serious. (Well for the national media does anyway.) League One and Two teams come into the draw now and it has produced some fantastic ties here are out top 10 games coming up in the FA Cup.

How TV bosses over looked Daventry visit to Chesterfield as a possible cup upset I will never know. One of the lowest ranked teams playing at the Procat stadium, Chesterfield.

It is just full of cup upsets however I am sure the Northamptonshire club fans will enjoy their trip to Derbyshire in what will be a little cracker and who knows an upset could be on the cards there.

One game that could be an upset and is on TV is Bishop Storford welcoming Northampton Town to ProKit UK stadium. The Skrill South side that are famous for being placed in the Conference North a few seasons ago will enjoy hosting Northampton live on TV.

The Cobbles sit at the foot of the Football League and with the Storts 3rd in the Skrill South there is every chance of a famous upset coming from Hertfordshire.

Another game that can see a possible upset is Hednesford v Crawley Town , which is one of the games that has extended highlights on ITV. The Pitmen sit top of the Skrill North despite only being promoted last season and look a good bet to keep on their good form and win the promotion.

In Crawley Town they welcome a team no stranger to an FA Cup run themselves having made the 5th round to visit Manchester United but lost 1-0. Crawley Town, formerly of the Southern League and rivals of The Pitmen, sit 13th in League One and could this time they be on a cup upset.

You can see my FA Cup preview on Hednesford below.

Preston North End v Barnet is an interesting tie for me personally. The Bees managed by Edger Davids one of the most well known managers in the world of Non-league.

Ok he may not be at Deepdale as he doesn’t travel far north (which for me is a bit arrogant but that is beside the point.) Preston are in the top four and under Simon Grayson look set to make a return to the Championship next May and I am sure he will be looking forward to welcoming Davids to the Deepdale dugout.

Halifax Town travel to MK Dons in another FA Cup tie. The Skrill Premier side have made a fantastic start to life there and an FA Cup upset will be great for them having dispatched Nuneaton in the last round They Shaymen will be hoping to have another cup upset and get themselves on TV.

While MK Dons, the club forced AFC Wimbledon to be form, sit 8th in League One and while they expect for it to be a formality for them to progress into Sunday’s draw.

Monday’s FA Cup tie see Shortwood United welcome League One to Port Vale.

The Wood knocked out former Football League club Aldershot out in the last round and now will be looking to do the same vs Port Vale.

There is the added bonus that Shortwood joint manager Alex Sykes grew up in the area and will be looking to get one over his local club.

The Valiant have been in this place before when they faced Forest Green Rovers at this stage last season so know what to expect from Shortwood.

It is not just league v Non-league Saturday as Stourbridge v Biggleswade face each other on Saturday. The Glassboys will be a little disappointed not to be welcoming a Football League side to the War Memorial Stadium but in welcoming Biggleswade they must be happy in having a chance to progress into Round Two.

While Biggleswade will face their league rivals. The Town sits in mid table ahead of their trip to promotion chasing Stourbridge in a game, which could go either way.

Homeless Gloucester City welcomes Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup. Gloucester homeless since 2007 and the flooding and are soon hoping to return to Meadow Park their home.

Fleetwood Town are look to be getting another promotion as they sit high in League Two. Having won the two legged race with Wrexham in the Conference Premier couple of season ago they haven’t found Football League plain sailing but will hope to going up this time round.

Macclesfield Town vs Swindon is the penultimate fixture we preview. Macc haven’t had a great time this season and after a 7-0 win over Vauxhall Motors in the last round they will be hoping the FA Cup can give them some relief from the league struggle.

Swindon Town offer the Macc a stern test as they sit just outside of the play offs but will Mark Cooper, who last season at time was managing Telford United in the Conference Premier will want a distraction from the League Challenge.

The final game is another all non-league clash as Alfreton Town visit Wrexham as we are set to have at least one Skrill Premier side into the 2nd round and it is a tough one to call who makes it into through.

Wrexham have struggled this season and sit 17th in the league only having won just 5 of their games this season, which has been very disappointing for a team who won the FA Trophy and made the Play Off final last season.

While after a good start to the season Alfreton sit 9th in the league, wins over the likes of Kidderminster, Forest Green and Woking they should be favorites but this is the FA Cup and anything could happen.

That is just 10 games there are many more which you can see here. We will be you a round up of the FA Cup fixture over the weekend.

Fastest penalty given in history Macclesfield Town v Wrexham.

Saturday afternoon saw Macclesfield Town welcome Wrexham to Mose Road in the Skrill Premier.

Photo by Ben Sutherland

Photo by Ben Sutherland

Just an average game really in all honesty, the game was your normal league game with the winners getting all three points. But the game, which for the record the Silkmen won 3-2.

But the game also saw the Macc being awarded what might well be the fastest penatly of all time.

11 seconds were just on the clock when the Red Dragons goalkeeper Andy Coughlin brought down Connor Jennings in the box. Up-stepped the Macc inform striker and he beat the keeper to put the hosts into the lead.

Two more goals from Jennings saw him complete his hat-trick while Joe Anyinsah and Brett Ormarod scored goals for the Red Dragons who suffered yet another defeat this season.

Click below to see the history making goal.

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.

Match Day 8 Skrill Premier Preview

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We are now on match day eight in the Skrill Premier and the table is starting to take shape and we even have three games being played Friday night.

We have an early six pointer at the top of the table on Friday as Wrexham welcome Luton Town to the Racecourse ground a game, which will be broadcasted, live on BT Sport. Wrexham have struggled this season so far and still haven’t picked up a win since the win over Welling at home and they sit 16th in the table. I am sure that Andy Morrell’s men will be turn their fortune around soon as they look to make a charge up the Skrill Premier table and many people are forgetting that we are only mid-September. While for Luton they are in a bit of inconsistency at the moment they followed up a fine 2-0 win at Kidderminster a fortnight ago with a 0-0 draw against Grimsby.

The second team playing on Friday is Hereford v Aldershot. Martin Foyle’s team are hoping to put the misery of last season off the field problems behind them and currently sit 10th in TSP. Last week the Bulls suffered a 2-1 loss away to Gateshead, Michael West scoring the goal for Hereford. But Aldershot can move off the bottom of the Skrill Premier if they pick up a win at Edger Street. The Shot’s future was in doubt in July and were slapped with a 10 point deduction before the first game of the season which they have clawed back and a 1-0 win at home to Macclesfield put them on 0 points.

Woking v Tamworth is the other game to be played on Friday night as the Lambs make the long trip down to south London. The Cards sit 20th in the league with just one win so far which came away to Chester. So a win for Gary Hill men will be vital as the welcome Dale Belford’s men from Staffordshire. The Lambs are in confident mood after they hammered Southport 4-1 at home on Saturday to see the Lambs sit 16th in the table. Tamworth will be happy with their start to the season as they hope to get enough points early on so they don’t have a relegation battle like they did last season.

Cambridge United returned to the top of the Skrill Premier after last Saturday’s results as they beat Hyde 1-0 and Barnet slipped up away at Halifax. Richard Money’s men have made a great start to the season as they sit top of the table with 17 points with five wins and two draws so far. The defense at the Abbey Stadium has been tight as well as they have only let in 3 goals so far this season- Halifax and Welling (2) have beaten Chris Maxwell in the united goal. Meanwhile Gateshead faces their first away trip under new manager Garry Mills. The former Tamworth and York City manager guided the Minstermen to the Football League through the Play Offs in 2012 and Gateshead fans will be hoping for him to do the same for them. Mills first game was at home to Hereford United last week, which ended in a 2-1 win for the Northeast side.

Nuneaton are so far defying the odds as they sit 2nd in the league as they visit Dartford. The Darts haven’t lived up their performances of their debut season. The Tunnelers sit 18th in the table with two wins, a draw and four losses so far. In contrast the Boro are unbeaten with 5 wins and 2 draw and are only sitting 2nd in the league due to their goal difference of 7, just three behind Cambridge and with United facing the tough test at home to Gateshead and Nuneaton having to a place where they should be picking up all three points we may well have a new leader come 5pm.

It’s the battle of 3rd vs 4th on Saturday as Barnet welcome Lincoln City to the Hive. Edger David’s Bees lost their first game since dropping out of the Football League last May last week as they got stung by Halifax 2-1 at the Shay so the Bees will be hoping to get back to winning ways this Saturday. Lincoln, like Nuneaton, is another team who was last season facing the battle of relegation and thus far has made a great start to the season with only losing two games. A win for them on Saturday can put them third as they trail the Londoners by just one point.

Following a run of five games with a win Chester can climb out of the bottom four with a win away at Salisbury. It looked doom and gloom at the Deva Stadium as they went the first four games without finding the back of the net. But a trip to bitter rivals Wrexham saw them win 2-0 and they followed it up a 0-0 draw at home to Dartford on Saturday. Meanwhile hosts Salisbury were also promoted last season like Chester but unlike the Blues, the Whites had to battle it out in the Play-offs having finished runners up to Welling United. Mikey Harris and his team have so far had a good start to life in the Conference Premier with Three wins and One draws and sit 14th in the table on 10 points. One of these wins came last Saturday as they beat top 4 sides Lincoln 1-0 away from home.

Also at the wrong end of the table is Macclesfield who host Derbyshire based Alfreton Town, looking to win their first game of the season. The Silkmen have had to cut their budge massively from last season and have only picked up three draws and four losses so far. Their last game came away to Aldershot who beat the Cheshire side 1-0. While Alfreton are sitting comfortably in 7th place just outside the play off spot. The Reds have picked up four wins this season including a 3-1 win at home to Woking last Saturday. Nicky Law’s men finished 13th last season so if they can make a push for promotion this season then surely at the Impact Arena will be rather happy.

Halifax Town faces another tough test as the make the trip to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. Rovers reportedly have access to a one million pound budget, which included them sign Matthew Barnes- Homer in pre-season has already netted twice in three games for his new club. But with other players like Mango Vieira and Andy Mangan, whom both won promotion with Fleetwood to the football league, FGR has the belief they can make the step up. While Halifax Town have had a great start to the season. A 2-1 win over Barnet last Saturday has surely got to be the best performance thus far. However Neil Aspin’s side need to work on their discipline as they have already had 4 men sent off- 2 against Cambridge on Day one and 2 away at Salisbury.

Another team from the Midlands area gunning for promotion is Kidderminster Harriers. The Harriers suffered two loses on the bounce away to Nuneaton and at home to Luton before a 2-1 away at Welling United last Saturday to leave the Harriers in 8th place ahead of this Weekend. While they haven’t set the league alight so far the Harriers can boost a better record then last season as they were still waiting to pick up their first of the season this time last year. Hyde are the visitors to Aggborough this Saturday still looking for their first win of the season. In fact for Scott McNiven’s side a loss could see them slip to the bottom of the Conference Premier. Having finished the season comfortably away from the bottom of the relegation spots the Tigers were expected to do the same again this season tough I am sure everyone at Ewen Field’s will say its early days yet.

Grimsby Town will be looking to go one better then last season and get promoted back into the Football League and this Saturday they welcome Braintree up from Essex, who are now under the sole control of Paul Hurst after his joint manager Rob Scott will be looking to get a win after the 0-0 draw with Luton Town last Saturday in the late kick-off. The Mariner themselves have also appeared on BT Sport as their Bank holiday win over Hyde was the live game. Meanwhile Braintree Town make the long trip up north sitting 12th in the table with three wins and two draws, one of them draws came last Saturday at home to Forest Green Rovers as they held Rovers to a 1-1 draw with Kenny Davis scoring from the spot on 45 minutes.

The last game sees Southport entertain Welling United at Haig Avenue. The Sandgrounders have made a great start to the season under former Aston Villa defender Alan Wright as they sit 9th in the table despite losing 4-1 away at Tamworth last Saturday. In fact after two games Southport sat top after beating Luton 1-0 and Hyde 2-1. With a lot tipping the Port to go down a mid table will defiantly please the club. While last season Blue Square South champions make the trip having lost to Kidderminster 2-1 but will also be pleased with their start sitting 15th in table.

We will have a full round up of the weekends fixtures after the they have been played.