Tag: AFC Telford United

Non-League Videos Of The Week: The Play-Offs

The Premier League season is still going and the Football League season ended at the weekend, but the non-league play-offs have already begun and, in some cases, have already ended. The Ryman League Premier Division play-off final was played on Saturday between Tonbridge Angels and Lowestoft Town, with the semi-finals having seen Tonbridge having beaten Harrow Borough and Lowestoft Town having won a local derby against Bury Town.   In the Football Conference, meanwhile, the semi-finals are played over two legs. In the Blue Square North, AFC Telford United travelled to Warwickshire to play Nuneaton Town in the first leg of their semi-final last week, looking to take an advantage back to New Bucks Head for the second leg of their match.   Finally, in the Blue Square South, there was another derby match in the semi-finals as Woking played Farnborough FC in the first leg of their semi-final last Wednesday, whilst Chelmsford City were at home against Ebbsfleet United in their first leg the night before.     Follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

The Easter weekend is traditionally the weekend during which most non-league promotion and relegation issues are sorted out one way or the other and, with a round of fixtures to be played this afternoon, we’re going to take a moment to catch up with some of Saturday’s matches. Our first match comes from the foot of the Blue Square South. Havant & Waterlooville’s league season is effectively over, but Saturday was critical for Lewes, who went into Saturday’s match desperately needing a win to maintain any realistic chance of staying up. They are at home against relegation rivals Bishops Stortford this afternoon. At the top of the same table, Ebbsfleet United, in third place in the table, are more or less guaranteed a place in the play-offs, but Chelmsford City sit just outside of the top five and were another team in desperate need of three points on the road with a trip to Ebbsfleet on Good Friday. A win would leave Chelmsford just a point off the play-off places and they are also at home this afternoon, against Bromley. Another team chasing a play-off place are Wrexham, in the Blue Square Premier. We’ll have a further update on what has been going on at The Racecourse Ground this evening, but on the pitch the team has been continuing to go reasonably well and on Saturday they were away...

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Daylight (Bank Holiday) Robbery: the cost of policing a non-league game

A £3k policing bill looks set to spoil Gloucester City’s weekend but is it justified? Football hooligans, they are on the rise in parts of Europe (some of the blogs about Russia are particularly scary) but in the Blue Square North? Really? There have been a few well documents ‘issues’ this year – Nuneaton v Telford, Stafford v Telford – but nothing outside the realms of two former giants meeting at a lower level or what is essentially a local derby. Tyres have been thrown, windows smashed but no massive hooligan riots, no significance violence on the terraces. The Association of Chief Police Officers’ figures for last season show that 11 AFC Telford United fans are currently the subject of banning orders and none were handed out last season. Although it’s fair to note a few have been dished out this season albeit for unsavoury behaviour at a local derby, mainly due to the Stafford game. Its hard to remember the last time someone was arrested at a Gloucester City home game, the gate is rarely over 350 and has dropped below 200 on a couple of occasions this year, its normally home fans with a handful of hardy northerners who’ve braved the motorway to the most southern outpost of the league. So what would prompt Gloucestershire Police to possibly hand GCAFC a rumoured £3,000 bill for the Easter...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

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...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

This week’s non-league videos of the week come from the length and breadth of the country, and all feature teams at or near the top of their league table. AFC Telford United have been near the top of the Blue Square North for most of the season. It now looks, however, as if the actual title itself is going to Alfreton Town, who are clear at the top of the table with games in hand, but Telford still need to keep winning matches to keep their heads up for the play-offs. Their opposition on Saturday were Boston United. Boston are in third place in the table and also seem likely to be making an appearance in the play-offs this season. Our second match comes from the top of the Premier Division of the Combined Counties League, and is a real six-pointer between Chertsey Town and Camberley Town. Chertsey are top of the table, but Camberley went into the game just six points behind the home side, but with a game in hand. A win for them would open the title race wide open between these two clubs and second-placed Guildford City. Our third match features another club from the top of its division. Clydebank are at the top of the SJFA West Region Division One in Scotland, but again the top of the table is very tight. Clydebank are...

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