Day: October 9, 2011

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 09-10-2011

The football clubs of the Premier League and the Championship had a break for another round of international matches this weekend, but there were few such luxuries for the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers of non-league football with a round of fixtures which included the Preliminary Round of another competition which has suffered a little damage to its reputation in recent years, the FA Trophy. We have four matches for you this evening, one from the Blue Square Premier, one from the Blue Square South, one from Division One of the Northern League and one from the FA Trophy itself. First up is a match between two clubs with upwardly mobile ambitions this season. Mansfield Town are hanging around on the brink of a place in the Blue Square Premier play-offs, whilst Grimsby Town, meanwhile, have recovered from a dreadful start to the season and are now heading towards the middle of the table. Our second match is the Blue Square South match between Havant & Waterlooville and Bromley. Havant have had a diifficult start to the season and are not far above the relegation places in the table, while Bromley are in mid-table with one eye on an end of season play-off place. Our final two matches are from a slightly lower level of the non-league game. In Division One of the Northern League, Spennymoor Town are chasing...

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Lincoln City & The Harsh Realities Of Life In The Blue Square Premier

Winning, as successful managers are wont to say at moments of extreme hubris, is a habit. If there is anything to this theory – and whether we should be taking what managers say during times of success at face value is, of course, a matter for conjecture in itself – then we can probably assume that losing can become a habit, and there are few clubs that have developed as much of a habit over the course of 2011 as Lincoln City. At the start of this year, they seemed likely to finish somewhere around middle to lower reaches of League Two, but suddenly – and at precisely the wrong time of the season – Lincoln’s form collapsed, and nine defeats in their final ten matches of the season led to the club dropping out of the Football League and into the Blue Square Premier. The trauma of such a collapse, for supporters, can be offset against the optimism that comes with starting afresh in a new division. At a lower level, they may well rationalise, they will get the opportunity to find their level and, with a little luck, get back into the habit of winning again. This, however, isn’t always the way that things work out and Lincoln City are finding out the hard way that the Blue Square Premier can be considerably more competitive than some...

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