THE SEASON SO FAR - Conference
But form can be fickle. Torquay United lost their first game of the season, but were then unbeaten for ten games and enjoyed a run of six victories which took them into second place. Since then two wins on nine games sees them in mid table.
Kidderminster Harriers kept five clean sheets in the first six games of their season and featured in fourth position. Just one clean sheet in the last fifteen matches also takes them into mid table.
At the time of writing, the Conference team that certainly gives value for money are Lincoln City with a goal tally of 40-40. They have only failed to score on three occasions but all except three clubs have scored against them and The Imps are another club in mid table.
Goals are important for general morale on and off the field, so its been difficult for Alfreton Town who started the season with seven consecutive defeats and scored in just two of those games. Southport however, after failing to score in seven of their first twelve games, are enjoying an unbeaten run of nine games, but although scoring in all but one of these, six have been draws.
Braintree Town are having a tough time after scoring in nine consecutive matches after an opening day defeat at Macclesfield. Since the 20th September ‘ The Iron’ have only scored in four of their fourteen games - three singles and five after extra time against Weymouth in the FA Cup!
Its very difficult to recover after starting a season with goals so difficult to score. After five league games Nuneaton Town hadn’t scored a single goal and sadly for their supporters, in another seven games they have been goalless, so the second half of the season will be a very tough battle for survival in the top division.
But its not all bad news. Barnet are there to be challenged and Gateshead are certainly consistent. Both these clubs have scored in all but two of their games this season, and although Bristol Rovers have only scored more than once on two occasions in their last eleven games, their loyal support could inspire a very strong challenge for promotion.
Grimsby Town with just two defeats in their last fourteen games are well equipped to join the promotion race but so are Woking, FC Halifax Town, Forest Green Rovers and Macclesfield Town. The form and fitness of their leading goalscorers could be vital, in which case look out for Woking!
Barnet: Akinde 15 and Cook 8
Bristol Rovers: Harrison, Monkhouse and Taylor 5
FC Halifax Town: Boden 9 and Peniket 6
Forest Green Rovers: Norwood 9 and Parkin 7
Gateshead: Shaw and Wright 7
Grimsby Town:John-Lewis 11 and Neilson 5
Macclesfield Town: Fairhurst 7 Turnbull 4
Woking: Rendell 13 and Sole 10
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