THE fight for the Vanarama Conference title could hardly be tighter. Only one point separates leaders Barnet from second-placed Bristol Rovers – Grimsby Town’s hopes of automatic promotion disappearing last Saturday after they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Blundell Park by FA Trophy finalists Wrexham.
On the same day, both the Bees and the Pirates kept clean sheets in defeating FC Halifax Town and Southport respectively, so it’s all down to the two remaining matches. This weekend sees Martin Allen’s side travel to mid-table Kidderminster Harriers who, with only one win from their last thirteen games, look to have switched off since seeing their play-off hopes go.
Darrell Clarke’s (Pictured) Rovers are also on their travels as they go to Crabble to take on a Dover Athletic outfit beaten at Chester FC last time out. The Bees end with a home game against Gateshead, while Rovers finish with what still could be a crucial game for both sides at the Memorial Ground against relegationthreatened Alfreton Town. The battle to finish alongside either Barnet or Bristol Rovers and Grimsby in the top five is down to two from four.
Eastleigh enjoyed back-to-back wins against Alfreton and FC Halifax Town this week to move into fourth place and their game at Sincil Bank against Lincoln City on Saturday has been chosen as an extra game for live broadcast by BT Sport (12.15pm).
How Forest Green Rovers must be rueing the deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player against Southport on the opening day of the campaign! That would have given them 78 points and a massive advantage going into the final two games, but instead they will be sweating with Macclesfield Town and Woking still breathing down their necks waiting for any slip ups.
Nuneaton Town and Dartford have been relegated as a result of Welling United’s 2-1 victory over Wrexham on Tuesday. Welling’s win left them one place above the relegation zone on 44 points, the same as Alfreton and six points above Boro and Dartford.
But as Welling and Alfreton play each other on Saturday, the sides below them cannot get out of the drop zone.