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Midweek Non-League Videos: The Blue Square South Title Race

There was a full round of matches in all three divisions the Football Conference this week, and it looks like being a very tight season in the Conference South. Today, there are just ten points between the team at the top of the table and the team in fourteenth place, and there seems little between the top three sides, with others lower down the table looking more than capable of joining them. We have four matches for you from Tuesday night, and three of them feature the sides at the very top of the table. First up is the match between Bromley, who are sitting just below mid-way in the table, and Woking, who went into the match in second place in the table if they could win and the leaders, Welling United, failed to beat Boreham Wood, which is our second match. Boreham Wood went into the match in the relegation places in the division. The third match is also from the very top of the table, between Dartford and struggling Staines Town. Finally, we have a first appearance on this site for a club that may yet feature in the battle for a place in the play-offs come the end of the season: Salisbury City. They were at home on Tuesday night against Basingstoke Town having been promoted at the end of last season, while Basingstoke hold...

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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Predictions: Conference South

There is a lot of money flying about in the Blue Square South this season as the teams jostle to fill the void at the top left by Braintree Town and Ebbsfleet United. The gap between those with a decent budget and those without seems to be growing a bit more in the southern half of Step 2 than in the northern half. Oh and all the teams who have enjoyed a nice little comfort zone around the M25 and M4 corridor have a lovely jaunt down to Cornwall to look forward too. Promotion Contenders Woking seem to be nailed on favourites to win the league and its certain that they have a very strong squad. But they will face some stiff competition from Dover Athletic, Chelmsford City and Eastbourne Borough. Gary Hill turned the squad when he joined as manager last season so expect big things in his first full season in charge, reports from pre-season games suggest they are looking like a quality side already. The fact that some players have taken a wage cut in order to stay suggests a team with proper ambition. Dover Athletic may have lost talisman striker Adam Birchall to Gillingham but they should still give the top teams a run for their money. In comes George Purcell from York CIty, he’s full fit after an injury-ravaged season but should be on...

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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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Videos Of The Week: Non-League Special

It’s time for a bit of a non-league round-up (as is our wont at this time of the week), with highlights of three matches from the last couple of weekend’s worth of matches. First up, we’re taking the opportunity to catch up with one of the matches from the weekend of the 15th of January, with the FA Trophy Second Round match between Blyth Spartans. To people of a certain edge, hearing these two names together will send a shiver down the spine. Blyth Spartans, of course, made the Fifth Round of the FA Cup in 1978 and the Quarter-Finals of the FA Trophy in 1980 and 1983 (beating Altrincham on the way). Altrincham, meanwhile, were setting records of their own at the same time. They missed out on a place in the FA Trophy final in 1977 after a marathon four match long semi-final against Scarborough, but won the competition two years later and were runners-up again in 1982. Anyway, it was a cracking match at Croft Park last weekend. Our second match comes from the Blue Square South, and is a local derby from the south-east between Ebbsfleet United and Bromley. Bromley, the visitors, started the season with seven successive league wins and remained unbeaten until the middle of October. The chasing pack has since caught them up and they recently suffered the ignominy of a 7-0...

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AFC Wimbledon – Almost, But Not Quite

I always knew that it would come to this. Way back last summer, when the Blue Square South fixtures were released, AFC Wimbledon vs St Albans City on the last day of the Blue Square South season stood out like the thumb of a cartoon character that had been walloped with a mallet. Over the last couple of weeks, the path to Wimbledon’s accession to the Blue Square South championship has ranged from the bizarre to the ridiculous, yet they go into tomorrow’s match with only a mathematical chance of losing out on the title. A draw will be enough to put matters beyond doubt. Should they lose, second placed Hampton & Richmond Borough will need to make up an improbable thirteen goals in order to snatch what would be, should it by any chance come to pass, the most unlikely league championship win of all time. Two weeks ago today, on Good Friday, we were at their home league match against Basingstoke Town. The tension crackled in the air as Wimbledon won by a single goal, but the fun and games were only just starting. On Easter Monday they travelled to Bromley for a local derby match. Win two minutes left to play Wimbledon were leading 2-1 when they were forced to put the ball out of play because of an injury to defender Jay Conroy. Bromley’s Ryan...

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