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The Bottom Ten, Saturday Mar 16th 2024

Post by Ginge01 » Sun Mar 17, 2024 4:11 am

It’s a funny old game.
When it looked Blyth were sliding towards relegation having not won in ten games, they go to Bottom 10 rivals Southport and win 3-2.

Elsewhere In the Bottom Ten, there were big wins for King’s Lynn who rallied from behind to beat Rushall,
and Darlington who beat Peterborough 1-0.
A nice win for Gloucester at Warrington but it may not be enough to avoid relegation.
Farsley descent down the table continues with a loss, they have picked up one point from a possible 15 over the last five games.

Six teams between 15th and 20th position are now only separated by two points, goal difference could come into play still for who finishes up in 21st position.
Rushall who are five points adrift in 21st position need to make their move for survival starting next Saturday, however their opponents Darlington, winners of seven of the last nine will be in no mood to oblige.

Bishop’s Stortford who are still trying to win their first point(s) in 2024 lost again and are now mathematically guaranteed to be relegated.


Today’s games for the Bottom Ten, Saturday Mar 16th 2024

Darlington . 1-0 Peterborough
Alfreton ... 3-0 Bishop’s Stortford
Boston ..... 3-0 Farsley
King’s Lynn 2-1 Rushall
Scunthorpe 2-0 Banbury
Southport . 2-3 Blyth
Warrington 1-2 Gloucester


The Vanarama National League North, Saturday Mar 16th 2024
.......................... Pd . W D L .. W D L .. F . A .GD. Pts
15. Peterborough .... 38.. 6 4 .8 .. 7 5 .8. 47 54. -.7.. 48
16. Southport ........ 39.. 5 3 11 .. 9 3 .8. 45 66. -21.. 48
17. Blyth .............. 39.. 6 6 .7 .. 6 4 10. 56 61. .-5.. 46
18. King’s Lynn ....... 38.. 5 7 .7 .. 6 6 .7. 46 56. -10.. 46
19. Farsley ............ 39.. 6 6 .8 .. 5 7 .7. 34 48. -14.. 46
20. Darlington ........ 40.. 6 7 .7 .. 7 0 13 42 64.. -22.. 46

21. Rushall ............ 39.. 5 5 .9 .. 6 3 11 51 66. .-15.. 41
22. Banbury ........... 37.. 4 4 10 .. 6 3 10 32 61. -29.. 37
23. Gloucester ........ 39.. 6 3 11 .. 3 5 11 45 69. -24.. 35

24. Bishop’s Stortford 37.. 4 0 15 .. 1 2 15 31 87. -56.. 17, maximum points 44, relegated


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

Peterborough
Darlington 1-0 Peterborough; Remaining fixtures; 23/03 BLYTH (h), 26/03 Warrington (h), 29/03 Boston (a), 01/04 GLOUCESTER (h), 06/04 FARSLEY (a), 09/04 FARSLEY (h), 13/04 KING’S LYNN (a), 20/04 Chorley (h). In a close game, Peterborough went down to a goal after 74 mins. Peterborough remain in 15th position.

Southport
Southport 2-3 Blyth; Remaining Fixtures; 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). A setback for Southport who fell at home to strugglers Blyth. Blyth led after 7 mins before Southport equalised after 25 mins. Two more Blyth goals had Southport trailing 1-3 at half time. Southport scored again after 54 mins but could not find a third goal. Southport remain in 16th position.

Blyth
Southport 2-3 Blyth; Remaining fixtures; 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). After failing to win in 10 games, Blyth raised their game to win at Southport. First half Blyth goals after 7, 31 and 43 mins gave them a 1-3 half time lead, Southport scoring after 25 mins. Although Southport scored again after 54 mins, Blyth’s resilience maintained the lead for a huge three points. Blyth rise one place to 17th position.

Kings Lynn
King’s Lynn 2-1 Rushall; Remaining fixtures; 19/03 BISHOP'S STORTFORD (a), 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). Despite falling behind after 5 mins, King’s Lynn rallied, scoring late in first half stoppage time. In the Second half their winner came in the 78th min. King’s Lynn rise one place to 18th position.

Farsley
Boston 3-0 Farsley; Remaining fixtures; 23/03 Hereford (a), 29/03 SOUTHPORT (h), 01/04 Spennymoor (a), 06/04 PETERBOROUGH (h), 09/04 PETERBOROUGH (a), 13/04 DARLINGTON (a), 20/04 Buxton (h). Farsley fell behind after 30 mins, conceding two more second half goals after 51 and 84 mins to lose 0-3 at Boston. Farsley fall two places to 19th position.

Darlington
Darlington 1-0 Peterborough; Remaining fixtures; 23/03 RUSHALL (a), 29/03 Chorley (h), 01/04 Warrington (a), 06/04 SOUTHPORT (h), 13/04 FARSLEY (h), 20/04 Chester (a). Another win for the Quakers who had to battle with Peterborough, a goal from Cameron Salkeld after 74 mins was enough for Darlington to win the three points. Darlington remain in 20th position.

Rushall
King’s Lynn 2-1 Rushall; Remaining fixtures; 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 (a), 20/04 Warrington (h). Rushall had a great start to the game, taking the lead after 5 mins. They conceded an equaliser six minutes into first half stoppage time. Rushall conceding a second half goal, and were unlucky when in injury time they struck the crossbar. Rushall remain in 21st position on 41 points, five points behind Blyth, King’s Lynn, Farsley and Darlington, all on 46 points.

Banbury
Scunthorpe 2-0 Banbury; Remaining fixtures; 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), 16/04 Boston (h), 20/04 Tamworth (h). Banbury has now lost seven straight games, conceding goals in each half to lose 0-2 at Scunthorpe. Banbury remain in 22nd position.

Gloucester
Warrington 1-2 Gloucester; Remaining fixtures; 23/03 Spennymoor (a), 29/03 Brackley (h), 01/04 PETERBOROUGH (a), 06/04 Chester (h), 13/04 Curzon (a), 20/04 Scunthorpe (h). A great result for Gloucester who rallied from an 0-1 deficit at half time through an 11th min Warrington goal to score after 75 and 90 mins to win 2-1. Gloucester remain in 23rd position.

Bishop’s Stortford
Bishop’s Stortford P-P King’s Lynn; Remaining fixtures; 19/03 KING'S LYNN (h), 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). Bishop’s pointless 2024 continues with them falling behind 0-1 in the first half, and conceding two more in the second half. This result has Bishop’s Stortford relegated with nine games to go.


The biggest games that can influence who goes down.
I’ve included Banbury, Gloucester or Bishop’s Stortford games as opposing teams should take advantage of them and get three points in those games.
06/04 is going to be a huge weekend with four big games involving eight Bottom Ten teams, 13/04 has three big games involving six Bottom Ten teams.
For Darlington, next week at Rushall is obviously huge, we want to keep the points gap at five or more.

19/03 BISHOP'S STORTFORD VS KING’S LYNN

23/03 PETERBOROUGH vs BLYTH
23/03 RUSHALL vs DARLINGTON

26/03 SOUTHPORT vs BISHOP'S STORTFORD

29/03 FARSLEY vs SOUTHPORT

01/04 PETERBOROUGH vs GLOUCESTER

06/04 BANBURY vs KING'S LYNN
06/04 BLYTH vs RUSHALL
06/04 DARLINGTON vs SOUTHPORT
06/04 FARSLEY vs PETERBOROUGH

09/04 PETERBOROUGH vs FARSLEY
09/04 RUSHALL vs BISHOP'S STORTFORD

13/04 DARLINGTON vs FARSLEY
13/04 KING’S LYNN vs PETERBOROUGH
13/04 SOUTHPORT vs RUSHALL



The bottom four has not changed today, fourth bottom Rushall who lost at King’s Lynn now trail Darlington who won over Peterborough by five points.
Gloucester in 23rd position with a very nice win at Warrington remain 11 points from safety, Banbury in 22nd position who lost at Scunthorpe are now 9 points from safety. Banbury has only two remaining Bottom 10 fixtures left, so avoiding relegation is almost impossible. Gloucester only have one remaining Bottom 10 fixture remaining.
Bishop’s Stortford’s streak of not winning a point in 2024 has them mathematically confirmed to be relegated this season.

Can Rushall recover and escape relegation?, there are still four Bottom 10 games for them to play, one against Bishop’s Stortford which should be three points. They are needing someone from Blyth, King’s Lynn, Farsley or Darlington who are all five points ahead of Rushall to stumble.
Next Saturday’s Rushall vs Darlington could not be any bigger for them. King’s Lynn should win Tuesday night at Bishop’s Stortford to increase their points gap over Rushall to eight.

Who goes down prediction? The bottom four sequence at the end of the season
After Blyth’s huge win today at Southport, I’m going with Rushall to go down.
Rushall, Banbury, Gloucester and;

Already relegated. Bishop’s Stortford


This week’s games

19/03 Tuesday
Bishop’s Stortford vs King’s Lynn
Blyth ............... vs Buxton


23/03 Saturday
Rushall ............ vs Darlington
Bishop’s Stortford vs Scarborough
Curzon Ashton ... vs Banbury
Hereford ......... vs Farsley
King’s Lynn ....... vs Tamworth
Peterborough .... vs Blyth
Southport ........ vs Buxton
Spennymoor ..... vs Gloucester

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Saturday Mar 16th 2024

Post by LoidLucan » Sun Mar 17, 2024 9:46 am

Rushall will feel it's s*** or bust time next Saturday because I think they will struggle to get anything out of the three games after that against Alfreton, Boston and then Blyth. Keeping them at arm's length with a point would be OK for us but they will feel they have to win it, nothing less.

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Saturday Mar 16th 2024

Post by QUAKERMAN2 » Sun Mar 17, 2024 10:46 am

LoidLucan wrote:Rushall will feel it's s*** or bust time next Saturday because I think they will struggle to get anything out of the three games after that against Alfreton, Boston and then Blyth. Keeping them at arm's length with a point would be OK for us but they will feel they have to win it, nothing less.
Settle for a point all day long, would guess 300 Darlo fans will be there so great away backing as usual which could be crucial.

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Saturday Mar 16th 2024

Post by LoidLucan » Sun Mar 17, 2024 10:50 am

The Rushall manager is already building up Saturday's game.... "We need every man and his dog to get behind us on Saturday"... He suggests they've been punished for switching off at key moments, even when dominating, but will keep on fighting to the end even though they can't compete financially with a lot of clubs at this level.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKND1TyJdQM
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Re: The Bottom Ten, Saturday Mar 16th 2024

Post by Vodka_Vic » Sun Mar 17, 2024 11:15 am

The Rushall v Goliath approach is a dangerous game to play, as we found to our cost. I wonder if subconsciously it gives a team an excuse to lose, rather than being a motivating factor.
I don't believe TM and SW have once mentioned finances of other teams. Instead they talk purely on football terms.

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Re: The Bottom Ten, Saturday Mar 16th 2024

Post by Ghost_Of_1883 » Sun Mar 17, 2024 10:32 pm

All we have to do is not lose at Rushall.

Plenty other matches to scrape a few more points together.

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