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Our non-league videos of the week are twety-four hours later than usual this week but, to make it up to you, we’ve brought together the highlights of five matches this week. Our first match is from the Premier Division of the Ryman League and is between the league leaders, Sutton United and Hastings United. Sutton went into the match knowing that a win would hand them the league title with a little to spare, while Hastings went desperate for the points themselves, sitting, as they do, just above the relegation places.
Our second match is from the top of the Blue Square South. Braintree Town went into their home match against Havant & Waterlooville knowing that a win would leave them at least four points clear of second-placed Farnborough with just three matches of the season left to play. Havant, meanwhile, needed a win to keep their faint mathematical chance of grabbing a play-off place alive in any way.
In the Blue Square North, meanwhile, it is AFC Telford United who are doing the chasing. Alfreton Town were two points clear of Telford with a game in hand and just three more rounds of matches yet to be played. On Saturday, they were away to Hinckley United, who are just about safe from relegation but would probably appreciate one more win, just to be absolutely certain.
We’re going to finish off with a brace of matches from the Blue Square Premier. First of all, it’s off to the soon-to-be-demolished Church Road for the match between Hayes & Yeading United and Darlington. FA Trophy finallists Darlington are another team desperately in need of three points in order to keep their faint chances of making the play-offs alive. Meanwhile, Hayes & Yeading United sit uncomfortably close to the foot of the Blue Square Premier and, with six or seven teams still not safe, any result gives their chances of survival a shot in the arm.
And finally, we have the match between Gateshead and Rushden & Diamonds. Gateshead have confounded the expectations of many this season and sit comfortably in mid-table in the Blue Square Premier. They were at home on Saturday against a Rushden & Diamonds team that has slipped away from being a play-off contender in recent weeks and desperately needed a win to keep themselves in contention for a play-off place.
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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.
This is a great recurring feature, Ian. Thanks.