Promotion, relegation and Wembley are very much on our minds for this week’s Non-League Videos Of The Week, which feature matches from the Blue Square Premier, the Blue Square South, the FA Vase and the North West Counties Football League Challenge Cup. Things are tight at the bottom of the Blue Square Premier table. Whilst there is a gap between the bottom three – Darlington, Kettering Town and Bath City – and the rest, the final relegation place remains very much up for grabs, with just four points now separating Stockport County in seventeenth place and Hayes & Yeading United in twenty-first place. Yesterday afternoon, Hayes & Yeading United had a critical home match against another side looking nervously over its shoulder at the moment, AFC Telford United.
Whilst Hayes & Yeading United were availing themselves of Wokings facilities at Kingsfield, their hosts were away from home in the Blue Square Bet South against Eastbourne Borough. Four straight wins had set The Cards back on track after a wobble in the league, but a trip to Eastbourne, who themselves are still by no means safe from relegation, proved to be considerably tougher than they might have anticipated. Meanwhile, the first leg of the semi-finals of the FA Vase were played this weekend, and West Auckland Town of the Northern League had a long trip to Kent to play Herne Bay of the Kent League Premier Division. Finally, we finish off with a quarter-final replay from the North West Counties Football League Challenge Cup between Maine Road – a team founded by Manchester City supporters in 1955 – and Bootle. Our thanks go to those that take the time to record, edit and upload these matches.
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