Blue Square Premier Season Review

04/24/2010

Well that’s it. Today (24th April) saw the last round of games in yet another exciting season in the Blue Square Premier. Although the top part of the table was already decided, there was still much to play for down at the bottom, with 5 teams all battling to survive.

Here’s what happened:

 Stevenage finished the season off in style as they beat York City 1-0 and lifted the Blue Square Premier trophy they won last weekend at Kidderminster.

 The other promotion place will be decided between Luton Town, Oxford United, Rushden & Diamonds and York City in the play-offs.

The play-offs will start next Thursday with Luton Town playing York City and Rushden & Diamonds playing Oxford United, with the winners earning the chance to play at Wembley.

 With Grays Athletic already being relegated several weeks ago, the remaining two relegation places were up for grabs between Ebbsfleet, Gateshead, Forest Green, Eastbourne and Histon.

 However Ebbsfleet and Forest Green were the unlucky ones this time and joined Grays in being relegated. Despite winning 4-3 away at Tamworth, that wasn’t enough for Ebbsfleet, who finished just above Grays with 44 points. Forest Green lost 2-1 at Grays Athletic and went down on goal difference by 3 goals, finishing with 45 points.

 In the other games down at the bottom, Gateshead beat AFC Wimbledon 1-0 and will look forward to their second season in the Blue Square Premier, staying up with a better goal difference than Forest Green. Eastbourne beat play-off bound Oxford 1-0 and Histon drew 2-2 at home to Barrow.

 Last day Results

 Altrincham 0-2 Cambridge Utd

Eastbourne 1-0 Oxford Utd

Gateshead 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

Grays Athletic 2-1 Forest Green

Hayes & Yeading 0-1 Wrexham

Histon 2-2 Barrow

Mansfield 3-3 Kidderminster

Rushden & Diamonds 1-1 Luton

Salisbury 2-0 Kettering

Stevenage 1-0 York City

Tamworth 3-4 Ebbsfleet United

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Final Weeks of the Blue Square Premier Season- The Ups and Downs (Before Todays Games)

04/10/2010

With Just 3 weeks and only a handful of games left to play of another exciting Blue Square Premier season, there is still so much to play for at both the top and bottom of league.

Here’s all the information you need to know about what can still happen in the final few weeks.

At The Top.

Stevenage currently lead the table with 84 points and with a game hand in hand over 2nd placed Luton Town. They have been around the top of the league for much of the season and are now have to be considered the favourites to clinch the title and reach the Football League.

In-form Luton Town are not far behind on 82 points and are pushing Stevenage all the way and will be hoping to pip them to the Conference title. However the play-offs look the most likely for The Hatters.

Oxford, York City and Rushden & Diamonds occupy the remaining play- off places and it looks likely they will stay there come the end of the season.

6th placed Kettering still have a chance of reaching the play-offs as do AFC Wimbledon, Crawley Town and Mansfield but they will all have to win all their games and hope one team slips up if they are to make it.

Down The Bottom

Grays Athletic’s fate has already been decided, having been relegated two weeks ago after a 0-0 draw against Kettering. This week they were also dealt another blow as they were deducted two points for fielding 3 ineligible players.

The other two relegation places are still wide open, but at the moment Ebbsfleet United and Forest Green Rovers make up the rest of the relegation zone.

All the teams up to 10th placed Altrincham can be mathematically relegated but only an incredible turn of fortunes can see this happen. So the relegation scrap seems likely to be between Ebbsfleet United, Forest Green Rovers, Eastbourne Boro, Gateshead, Salisbury and Barrow.