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Ugly Scenes: A Bad Day In The Conference North

Remember, remember the fifth of November – well, some Conference North fans would probably rather not remember a Saturday speckled with nasty incidents which hardly cover the league in glory. Accusations of racist abuse on the field, alleged violence and a goalkeeper sent off for throwing a firework into a stand (no really) have left a grubby stain on the northern half of Step 2. Nevermind, the fact that most of the games passed off without mustering any comment, serious incidents at two matches are likely to open enough cans of worms to feed a bird sanctuary. The first incident is perhaps surprising in light of the ongoing Terry/Ferdinand situation. Yesterday evening striker Richard Offiong took to Twitter after his Blyth Spartans side’s 2-2 draw at home to Colwyn Bay and tweeted: “Do I report the racist abuse or brush it off? It will never effect me but do I take a stand” Followed by: “Racism from opposite player who has black team mates. #stampitout” And, with a sense of sadness: “Reported abuse in the past but nothing happened.” He claims he was asked: “Where’s your bunch of bananas, show me your passport please,” but has now said he won’t be commenting further until the FA have investigated the claims, despite naming the player who allegedly made the comments. There’s been no official statement from either side on this...

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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Predictions: Conference North

Last year was pretty clear cut in the Conference North, Alfreton were pretty much definitely going up despite having a ridiculous backlog of games, the play-off places were fairly clear early on and Redditch were dropping like a stone from around February time, but this season it looks set to be a bit closer at both ends of the table and closer still in the middle. Along with relegated Altrincham and Histon there are the promoted pair of Colwyn Bay and FC Halifax, and the 22nd most northern team at Step 2 – Bishop’s Stortford, shifted over the north/south divide in the fall-out from Rushden and Diamonds’ demise. Bishop’s Stortford, like Histon and like Worcester before them will soon wise up to the difference between the two Step 2 leagues (Gloucester have only ever known the Northern side of the imaginary moving line which hovers over the Conference’s map). PROMOTION CONTENDERS It would be hard to bet against  FC Halifax Town being somewhere near the top of the table, The new boys have bulldozered their way back up the table and boast hot-shot striker Jamie Vardy as one of their key assets and laughed off an offer from Stockport to take him of their hands for a rumoured £50,000. Manager Neil Aspin has made a few key signings and if the Shaymen are as good as all their fans claim...

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