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Conference- The Table Toppers and Relegation Threatened

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2013 by jackpinnock

Blue_Square_Bet_Premier_logoWith teams firmly condemning where their aim at the end of the season will be, we take a look at who will challenge for that all important promotion prize, and who will have an even longer season ahead battling against the drop.

Grimsby Town currently lead the Blue Square Premier League, with a game in hand on second place, Wrexham, by which the two teams are level on points, and are only separated by goal difference. The Mariners, who are joint managed by Paul Hurst and Rob Scott, are on a tremendous run of form, with their last defeat coming way back in November last year. With their next 3 games easily winnable, and come against teams in mid table and in a relegation scrap, it is safe to say that Grimsby Town will be back in the Football League come May.

Paul Hurst- Grimsby

Wrexham are on Grimsby’s tail, and are looking to avoid the dreaded play offs and pip the Mariners to the post to the title. With a good FA Cup run to proud of, crashing out to Premier League side, Liverpool, it looks as though they have transformed this to league form. Andy Morrell’ last defeat in the league came against Grimsby back in December last year, and with a similar run of the next 3 games to Grimsby, it will be very tight for the chance to become Champions of the Conference.

Andy Morrell- Wrexham

As well as Wrexham, Forest Green, Newport and Kidderminster currently occupy the other play off positions to clinch promotion to the Npower League Two. Forest Green, who are unbeaten in their last four, are on 53 points and only 5 points behind Wrexham, while Justin Edinburgh’s Newport are 3 points behind with top scorer, Aaron O’Connor on fire with a great return of 17 goals for the season so far. Kidderminster lie in the last remaining play off place, with Paul Buckle’s Luton Town, and Mansfield, whose Chairman, John Radford, gave manager, Paul Cox, a £85,000 Aston Martin after their 8-1 rout over Barrow, close behind in 6th and 7th position respectively.

MANSFIELD Town chairman John Radford gave his Aston Martin car to manager Paul Cox

At the other end of the table, Ebbsfleet are 8 points adrift of safety and with a baron run of form of only 2 wins from their last 10 games, it maybe time for manager Liam Daish to accept the Fleet’s fate is already very much sealed. Nuneatan sit one place above Ebbsfleet in the table, on 28 points, while Barrow, who have conceded a monumental, 62 goals, the worst in the division, are in 22nd position. After somewhat of a bright start to the season, Telford are on their worst run of form in the division. Not picking up maximum points in the last 10 games, and are yet to win under new manager, former Peterborugh gaffer, Mark Cooper, AFC Telford are struggling to regain their mid table birth. With games against Mansfield, Newport and Macclesfield all to come, can Cooper pull the Bucks out of trouble. Northern side, Gateshead, are just above the relegation zone, while former West Ham legend, Alan Devonshire’s Braintree side are only 6 points above safety, with the Essex side losing their last 3 games on the spin.

alan devenoshire

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