Tag: Braintree Town

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: The Blue Square South

There are just four weeks left to go of the season in the Blue Square South, one of the two feeder leagues to the Blue Square Premier, and there is still all to play for at the top of the table. This week’s Non-League Videos Of The Week features six of the top eight in the league, and with the battle for the title and for the four play-off places still wide open, there is still all to play for. At the very top of the table, there was just one point between the leaders, Braintree Town, and second-placed Farnborough. In our first match, Braintree have a golden chance to win three points against Dorchester Town, who are sitting just above the relegation places but have probably just about done enough to secure their place in the division for next season. Meanwhile, at Cherrywood Road Farnborough FC were at home against Bromley. Farnborough have trimmed Braintree’s lead at the top of the table down to a single point at the top of the table, whilst Bromley are in mid-table, probably a little too far from the play-off places to be able to launch a challenge of their own. Still, with the nerves starting to jangle as the end of the season looms on the horizon, there are no matches for clubs at the top of the table that can...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week

This week’s non-league matches of the week come from a variety different competitions. As the weather started to return to something approaching normal, the a near-full schedule of matches was played, including matches in both the FA Trophy and postponed matches from the FA Vase. Our first match is the FA Trophy match between Wimbledon and Braintree Town. Wimbledon could be forgiven for considering the FA Trophy something of a distraction in comparison with what is looking like becoming a three-way tussle for the Blue Square Premier championship with Crawley Town and Luton Town, but the current Wimbledon club has only played at Wembley once before, to play what was effectively a friendly match there against Corinthian-Casuals in 2008. The FA Trophy, we might compose, would look rather nice in their trophy cabinet, come the end of the season. Their opponents are the Essex side Braintree Town, who are currently top of the Blue Square South and might fancy their chances against a team with other things on their mind. Our second match sees us at Gigg Lane for the Evostik League Premier Division between FC United of Manchester and FC Halifax Town. FC United’s FA Cup run came to an end during the week, and they have found themselves slipping into the relegation zone at the bottom of the league table, although they do still have games in...

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Kings Lynn, Braintree Town, Demotion & Chaos Theory

The town of Braintree sits near the border between Suffolk and Essex. It’s a small town with a population of 42,000 which sits rather in the shadow of its larger neighbours Colchester and Chelmsford, with London looming in the distance, radiating its influence over the whole of the east and south east of England. It’s not, to coin a cliche, a town of flat caps and whippets, but external circumstances seem likely to mean that Braintree Town Football Club will have to switch from the Blue Square South to the Blue Square North next season. This situation has come about because of a certain lop-sidedness that is inherent within the non-league. Non-league football is arranged into a pyramid system, by which the leagues get more and more regional the further one gets from the Blue Square Premier. The biggest single flaw in this set up is unavoidable. For example, it seems likely (if not certain) that three of this year’s four relegated Blue Square Premier clubs will be undeniably southern. Lewes and Woking have already fallen through the trap door, while Weymouth seem likely to follow them. This means that one club will have to switch from the BSS to the BSN. Just from looking at a map, the obvious candidates for this would be Worcester City, but Worcester only transferred in the opposite direction last year and the...

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