The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

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The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by Ginge01 » Wed Mar 13, 2024 3:44 am

The Bottom Ten results as Peterborough and Farsley are seeing their comfortable gap with the teams below them shrink. Peterborough are added simply because Southport have caught them on 48 points. 14th place Buxton are on 54 pts, too far up the table for anyone else to feel threatened about being relegated. Peterborough need to get some points themselves to guarantee staying up, Farsley’s form is not good, two points from 15, Blyth is one point from 15. Their end of season runs will be stressful without improved form.

A happy night for the two teams who won, Southport and of course, Darlington.
For Peterborough, Farsley, Blyth, Rushall and Gloucester, a home loss. It seems very few teams in the Bottom Ten can win home games, especially right now, no one has won more than six this season. For Darlington, four of their six home wins have been since Jan 27th, greatly improved form compared to earlier in the season.

King’s Lynn, Banbury and Bishop’s Stortford did not play tonight.

Darlington’s return to winning ways lifts them out of the bottom four, it’s a new season for them, a month and a half long, Gloucester won’t catch them, it’s unlikely Banbury will, so now it’s necessary for Darlington to get more points than Rushall or Blyth to avoid relegation. The slight concern is both teams have one game in hand on the Quakers. Their season has turned since the second half come from behind win at home over Buxton on Feb 20th when they learned they were capable of more than their league position was showing.

Tonight’s games for the Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024
Blyth .............. 1-2 Darlington
Banbury ........... P-P Boston
Bishop’s Stortford P-P King’s Lynn
Chester ........... 0-1 Southport
Farsley ............ 0-2 Warrington
Gloucester ....... 1-2 Tamworth
Peterborough .... 1-3 Buxton
Rushall ............ 0-2 Brackley


The Vanarama National League North, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024
.......................... Pd . W D L .. W D L .. F . A .GD. Pts
15. Peterborough .... 37.. 6 4 .8 .. 7 5 .7. 47 53. -.6.. 48
16. Southport ........ 38.. 5 3 10 .. 9 3 .8. 43 63. -21.. 48
17. Farsley ............ 38.. 6 6 .8 .. 5 7 .6. 34 45. -11.. 46
18. Blyth .............. 38.. 6 6 .7 .. 5 4 10. 53 59. .-6.. 43
19. King’s Lynn ....... 37.. 4 7 .7 .. 6 6 .7. 44 55. -11.. 43
20. Darlington ........ 39.. 5 7 .7 .. 7 0 13 41 64.. -23.. 43
21. Rushall ............ 38.. 5 5 .9 .. 6 3 10 50 64. .-14.. 41
22. Banbury ........... 36.. 4 4 10 .. 6 3 .9. 32 59. -27.. 37
23. Gloucester ........ 38.. 6 3 11 .. 2 5 11 43 68. -25.. 32
24. Bishop’s Stortford 36.. 4 0 15 .. 1 2 14 31 84. -53.. 17


Comments in current league table order, Bottom Ten opponents in upper case

Peterborough
Peterborough 1-3 Buxton; Remaining fixtures; 16/03 DARLINGTON (a), the rest to follow. Peterborough took the lead after 25 mins, but trailed at half time 1-2. Buxton completed the scoring with a 90th min goal. Peterborough remain in 15th position.

Southport
Chester 0-1 Southport; Remaining Fixtures; 16/03 BLYTH (h), 23/03 Buxton (h), 26/03 BISHOP'S STORTFORD (h), 29/03 FARSLEY (a), 01/04 Scunthorpe (h), 06/04 DARLINGTON (a), 13/04 RUSHALL (h), 20/04 South Shields (a). Southport have won three away wins in seven days, all three without conceding a goal, this time they won at playoff chasing Chester with a second half goal after 74 mins. Southport rise one place into 16th position.

Farsley
Farsley 0-2 Warrington; Remaining fixtures; 16/03 Boston (a), the rest to follow. Farsley fell behind from two first half goals after 42 and 45 mins. Farsley fall one place into 17th position.

Blyth
Blyth 1-2 Darlington; Remaining fixtures; 16/03 SOUTHPORT (a), 19/03 Buxton (h), 23/03 PETERBOROUGH (a), 29/03 Curzon Ashton (h), 01/04 Chorley (a), 06/04 RUSHALL (h), 13/04 Scunthorpe (a), 20/04 Brackley (h). Blyth’s struggles continued with a 1-2 home loss to improving Darlington. The visitors scored once in the first half after 12 mins, again in the second half after 65 mins before Blyth found the net after 89 mins. They had one chance to equalise but were unable to convert. Blyth remain in 18th position, now tied with King’s Lynn and Darlington on 43 points, only above them with a better goal difference.

Kings Lynn
Bishop’s Stortford P-P King’s Lynn; Remaining fixtures; 16/03 RUSHALL (h), 23/03 Tamworth (h), 29/03 Scunthorpe (a), 01/04 Scarborough (h), 06/04 BANBURY (a), 09/04 Chorley (h), 13/04 PETERBOROUGH (h), 20/04 Spennymoor (a), TBD BISHOP'S STORTFORD (a). No game tonight. King’s Lynn remain in 19th position, now Darlington a with worse goal difference are tied on 43 points.

Darlington
Blyth 1-2 Darlington; Remaining fixtures; 16/03 PETERBOROUGH (h), 23/03 RUSHALL (a), 29/03 Chorley (h), 01/04 Warrington (a), 06/04 SOUTHPORT (h), 13/04 FARSLEY (h), 20/04 Chester (a). A magnificent win for the Quakers who have moved out of the bottom four with this win. Matty Cornish scored a ‘worldie’ after 12 mins to give them a half time lead, Cameron Salkeld added a second after 65 mins. A late response from Blyth with an 89th min goal was not enough to deny Darlington three points. Darlington rise one place to 20th position.

Rushall
Rushall 0-2 Brackley; Remaining fixtures; 16/03 KING'S LYNN (a), 23/03 DARLINGTON (h), 29/03 Alfreton (a), 01/04 Boston (h), 06/04 BLYTH (a), 09/04 BISHOP'S STORTFORD (h), 13/04 SOUTHPORT (h), 20/04 Warrington (h). Rushall conceded two second half goals to Brackley after 56 and 65 mins in this 0-2 home loss. Rushall fall one place into 21st position.

Banbury
Banbury P-P Boston; Remaining fixtures; 16/03 Scunthorpe (a), 23/03 Curzon Ashton (a), 29/03 Hereford (h), 01/04 BISHOP'S STORTFORD (a), 06/04 KING'S LYNN (h), 09/04 Spennymoor (a), 13/04 Chorley (a), 20/04 Tamworth (h), TBD Boston (h).
No game tonight. Banbury remain in 22nd position.

Gloucester
Gloucester 1-2 Tamworth; Remaining fixtures; 16/03 Warrington (a), 23/03 Spennymoor (a), 29/03 Brackley (h), 01/04 PETERBOROUGH (a), 06/04 Chester (h), 13/04 Curzon (a), 20/04 Scunthorpe (h). Gloucester hopes of making a push for survival were encouraged when they took the lead after 58 mins, but Tamworth responded with goals after 75 and 89 mins to win 1-2. Gloucester remain in 23rd position.

Bishop’s Stortford
Bishop’s Stortford P-P King’s Lynn; Remaining fixtures; 16/03 Alfreton (a), 23/03 Scarborough (h), 26/03 SOUTHPORT (a), 29/03 Tamworth (a), 01/04 BANBURY (h), 06/04 South Shields (a), 09/04 RUSHALL (a), 13/04 Buxton (a), 20/04 Curzon (h), TBD KING'S LYNN (h). No game tonight


The bottom four has changed tonight, fourth bottom is now Rushall who lost while at the same time, Darlington won and moved two points in front of them.
Gloucester in 23rd position who lost are now 11 points from safety, Banbury in 22nd position are now 6 points from safety. Three games in hand (on Darlington) is nice for Banbury but they need two wins out of those games. Banbury also have only two remaining Bottom 10 fixtures left, so avoiding relegation almost impossible. Gloucester only have one remaining Bottom 10 fixture remaining.

Can Rushall recover and win some games?, there are still five Bottom 10 games for them to play, one against Bishop’s Stortford which should be three points. Blyth have three remaining Bottom Ten fixtures remaining, although only one is at home. Losing two Bottom Ten home games in three days to King's Lynn and Darlington has made their relegation chances higher.

Who goes down prediction? The bottom four sequence at the end of the season
Blyth will need to win on Saturday April 6th, home to Rushall to give them more hope for surviving.
Blyth, Banbury, Gloucester and Bishop’s Stortford


This week’s games

16/03 Saturday
Darlington ........ vs Peterborough
Alfreton .......... vs Bishop’s Stortford
Boston ............ vs Farsley
King’s Lynn ....... vs Rushall
Scunthorpe ...... vs Banbury
Southport ........ vs Blyth
Warrington ....... vs Gloucester

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by Comfortably_numb » Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:22 am

Good summary as ever Ginge

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by EDJOHNS » Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:46 am

Only disagreement is I think Kings Lynn will drop instead of Blyth.

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by LoidLucan » Wed Mar 13, 2024 10:03 am

It looks like Banbury are imploding. They've just released one of their better players and the first team coach has walked out, saying he couldn't stand by and watch some of the things that are going on at the club. And they can't seem to get games played on that dreadful pitch. The fans are in revolt and I'd be surprised if they picked up very much at all in the run-in.

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by dsr » Wed Mar 13, 2024 2:11 pm

LoidLucan wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2024 10:03 am
It looks like Banbury are imploding… and I'd be surprised if they picked up very much at all in the run-in.
Another example of how a few weeks can change things completely. A quote from Banbury’s Unofficial Forum in early February: “As we’re all now confident that Banbury will survive in NLN….”

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by Ginge01 » Wed Mar 13, 2024 6:19 pm

EDJOHNS wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:46 am
Only disagreement is I think Kings Lynn will drop instead of Blyth.
Hi EDJOHNS,

It's a good place we are in when we're deciding who we think will be fourth bottom at seasons end, and Darlington isn't one of the teams.

After we beat Buxton on Feb 24th,
.......................... Pd .W D L ... W D L .. F . A .GD..Pts
17. Blyth .............. 35.. 6 6 .5 .. 5 4 .9. 52 53. .-1.. 43
18. Southport ........ 34.. 5 2 10 .. 6 3 .8. 38 63. -25.. 38
19. Banbury .......... 32.. 4 4 .7 .. 6 3 .8. 30 50. -20.. 37
20. King’s Lynn ....... 34.. 3 7 .7 .. 5 5 .7. 39 53. -14.. 36
21. Rushall ........... 33.. 5 5 .7 ... 4 3 .9. 43 55. -12.. 35
22. Gloucester ..,.... 36.. 6 3 .9 .. 2 5 11. 39 59. -20.. 32
23. Darlington ....... 34.. 3 7 .7 .. 5 0 12. 28 59. -31.. 31

to today, a big difference, even with Rushall winning two games out of five.
18. Blyth .............. 38.. 6 6 .7 .. 5 4 10. 53 59. .-6.. 43
19. King’s Lynn ....... 37.. 4 7 .7 .. 6 6 .7. 44 55. -11.. 43
20. Darlington ........ 39.. 5 7 .7 .. 7 0 13 41 64.. -23.. 43
21. Rushall ............ 38.. 5 5 .9 .. 6 3 10 50 64. .-14.. 41
22. Banbury ........... 36.. 4 4 10 .. 6 3 .9. 32 59. -27.. 37
23. Gloucester ........ 38.. 6 3 11 .. 2 5 11 43 68. -25.. 32

Seven 'cup finals' to go, we've just got to keep taking care of business ourselves.

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by EDJOHNS » Wed Mar 13, 2024 6:25 pm

Ginge01 wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2024 6:19 pm
EDJOHNS wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:46 am
Only disagreement is I think Kings Lynn will drop instead of Blyth.
Hi EDJOHNS,

It's a good place we are in when we're deciding who we think will be fourth bottom at seasons end, and Darlington isn't one of the teams.

100% agree. I don't want Rushall to drop for personal reasons, and always back North Eastern clubs thus want Blyth to survive.
Looking at the rest, while KL have done OK lately I still think they are in total mess as a club, and think that will eventually go against them

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by Ghost_Of_1883 » Wed Mar 13, 2024 6:28 pm

EDJOHNS wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:46 am
Only disagreement is I think Kings Lynn will drop instead of Blyth.
No chance.

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by CrazyDarlo » Wed Mar 13, 2024 6:44 pm

I think the clubs with the greater resources tend to prevail towards the end of the season when the fixtures pile up and therefore Kings Lynn, Southport and Darlington continue to pull away and Banbury & Rushall will drop.

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by LMQuaker » Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:15 pm

Banbury are down and out I feel, given what's going on and their remaining fixtures. Kings Lynn are in great form so should be OK. Blyth looked a decent side and I think they'll do enough to avoid the drop, I know they're on a torrid run but they've been quite unlucky by all acount. Which leaves us and Rushall in my opinion. Huge game on 23rd.

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by jjljks » Wed Mar 13, 2024 10:23 pm

Points on the board are better than games in hand for Banbury given the state of their pitch & internal strife. We just need to keep winning & Steve W plus Terry have the nous to keep us up (with the crowd behind them!)

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by PierremontQuaker03 » Thu Mar 14, 2024 1:50 pm

jjljks wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2024 10:23 pm
Points on the board are better than games in hand for Banbury given the state of their pitch & internal strife. We just need to keep winning & Steve W plus Terry have the nous to keep us up (with the crowd behind them!)
Agreed, we are, for once, ahead of most teams in terms of games played. We won't have the issue of squeezing a lot of games in towards the end of the season which means we can focus on tactics, fitness and the opponents. There is also the real possibility that Chester may have already a playoff spot sorted for the last game of the season and play a second string team as the playoffs are played not long after the final game.
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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by dsr » Thu Mar 14, 2024 2:58 pm

There is also the real possibility that Chester may have already a playoff spot sorted for the last game of the season and play a second string team as the playoffs are played not long after the final game.
On the other hand, they could be looking for a finishing position nearer 2 than 7. But I think we can all agree it would be better if we were safe before the trip to Chester.

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by real_darlo_85 » Thu Mar 14, 2024 5:10 pm

The ideal scenario for the next two matches is for us to beat Peterborough Sports and ideally Kings Lynn to beat Rushall on Saturday. Follow that up by beating Rushall and I'd say we'll be practically there, obviously not mathematically but we'd have a reasonable cushion with wriggle room to find another win from the remaining fixtures. :thumbup:

This would be the comfortable route to safety but this is also Darlo and we don't do things easily either... :shifty:
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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by en passant » Thu Mar 14, 2024 7:14 pm

I have found it illuminating to see many of the comments from Spartan's fans on Facebook after Tuesday's match. They are very much the same comments that were being made by our own fans a couple of months ago. They call into question the formation being played and the lack of a hold up player and not enough direct attacking intent. They seem very despondent after a very bad run of form. Darlo fans, conversely, are full of the joys of spring and are fairly hopeful that we will avoid relegation. And yet, objectively, we are standing pretty much the same with the same points and Blyth having one more game to play. Very much a glass half full versus half empty situation. What it does show is that fortunes can quickly change and that you are always a unwarranted red card, daft penalty, or major injury away from disaster. By all accounts Blyth are not a bad side and, with a bit more faith, could have given Darlo a bloody nose on Tuesday. How many times this year have our fans had to watch whilst a side that was no better than us, and frequently worse, made off with the points. We are now the side that are taking the points and the real difference is just having discovered that they are good footballers and they can play, score and they deserve to win. We missed that for months and Blyth are missing that now. Our management have given us back the precious commodity of confidence. Hopefully it will see us through to the end of the season.

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by shildonlad » Thu Mar 14, 2024 10:32 pm

Imagine if those currently in the bottom four were the ones that did go down, would make the 7th tier more southern based with no doubt some clubs been shifted leagues and been hacked off
I may not live in the north east anymore but i still support the north east teams

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by Wiseacre » Fri Mar 15, 2024 11:12 am

real_darlo_85 wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2024 5:10 pm
The ideal scenario for the next two matches is for us to beat Peterborough Sports and ideally Kings Lynn to beat Rushall on Saturday. Follow that up by beating Rushall and I'd say we'll be practically there, obviously not mathematically but we'd have a reasonable cushion with wriggle room to find another win from the remaining fixtures. :thumbup:

This would be the comfortable route to safety but this is also Darlo and we don't do things easily either... :shifty:
I think the new management have been able to shift the old Darlo habit of bottling important games. The results at Curzon and Blyth show this, as EP says above these players have got their confidence back. We can watch them now feeling they can win - as I believe they will on Saturday and at Rushall next week. This club now deserves to stay up, having seemed done for not so long ago. How can we get the new management team to stay up with us?

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Tuesday Mar 12th 2024

Post by comeondarlo » Fri Mar 15, 2024 4:04 pm

Comfortably_numb wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:22 am
Good summary as ever Ginge
Yeh, top man!

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