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The Top 12, Saturday April 9th 2022

Post by Ginge01 » Sat Apr 09, 2022 8:36 pm

Today’s games, Saturday Apr 9th 2022
Alfreton....... 0-0 Darlington
Brackley....... 1-0 York
Bradford....... 0-0 Chorley
Curzon Ashton 0-4 Boston
Farsley......... 1-1 Kettering
Fylde........... 2-1 Hereford
Gateshead..... 4-3 Chester
Gloucester..... 4-1 Guiseley
Kidderminster. 6-0 Southport
Spennymoor... 1-0 Leamington
Telford ........ 2-2 Blyth

The Vanarama National League North, Saturday Apr 9th 2022

...................... Pd .W D L..W D L...F...A..GD..Pts
01. Brackley....... 36 15 2 1... 9 7 .2. 49 19. 30.. 81
02. Gateshead.... 36 15 1 2.. 10 4 .4. 81 40. 41.. 80
03. Fylde.......... 36 12 2 4... 9 4 .5. 60 33. 27.. 69
04. Kidderminster 36 12 2 4... 7 6 .5. 65 30. 35.. 65
05. Chorley ....... 35 11 3 3... 5 8 .5. 55 39. 16.. 59
06. Boston......... 36.. 9 4 5... 6 3 .9. 55 51. ..4.. 52
07. Darlington.... 36.. 9 3 6... 5 6 .7. 54 48. ..6.. 51
08. Kettering...... 35.. 7 6 4... 7 3 .8. 50 44. ..6.. 51
09. York............ 34.. 9 3 6... 6 3 .7. 48 42. ..6.. 51
10. Southport..... 35.. 8 7 2... 5 4 .9. 51 47. ..4.. 50
11. Spennymoor... 36.. 7 6 5... 7 2 .9. 48 48. ..0.. 50
12. Hereford...... 36.. 8 4 6... 5 5 .8. 44 44. ..0.. 48
13. Alfreton....... 35.. 4 8 5... 8 1 .9. 45 53. ..-8.. 45
14. Curzon Ashton 35.. 6 6 6... 5 5 .7. 42 53. -11.. 44
15. Bradford. ..... 36.. 7 4 7... 4 5 .9. 43 56. -13.. 42
16. Leamington... 36.. 9 4 5... 1 6 11. 33 42 ..-9.. 40
17. Gloucester..... 36.. 5 7 6... 4 5 .9. 41 54. -13.. 39
18. Chester ....... 35.. 7 5 5... 3 3 12. 62 65. .-3.. 38
19. Telford..........37.. 7 5 7... 0 8 10. 45 60. -15.. 34
20. Farsley......... 36.. 6 6 6... 2 3 13. 33 70. -37.. 33
21. Blyth........... 36.. 6 2 10.. 3 3 12. 34 69. -35.. 32
22. Guiseley....... 35.. 5 5 8... 2 1 14. 25 56. -31.. 27


Comments in current full league table order,
Top 12 games outstanding are listed with their matchdates.

Brackley;
Top 12 games remaining (3); Boston (H) 18/04, Darlington (A) 23/04, Hereford (A) 02/05;
Brackley 1-0 York; Another win for Brackley with a 27th min only goal to keep them top of the table.

Gateshead;
Top 12 games remaining (5); Darlington (H) 18/04, Kettering (A) 23/04, Southport (H) 30/04, Chorley (A) 02/05, Hereford (H) 07/05;
Gateshead 4-3 Chester; Gateshead got past lowly Chester in a seven goal game. Gateshead scored two goals before Chester tied the score by half time. Gateshead score two more second half goals with Chester only managing an injury time goal.

Fylde;
Top 12 games remaining (4); Southport (A) 15/04, Boston (A) 23/04, Kettering (H) 30/04, York (A) 02/05;
Fylde 2-1 Hereford; Fylde were tied 1-1 at half time after Hereford equalised. The Fylde winner was scored in the 96th min.

Kidderminster;
Top 12 games remaining (2); Kettering(H) 18/04,Darlington (H) 07/05;
Kidderminster 6-0 Southport; Kidderminster pummeled Southport today, scoring two in the first half, four in the second half.

Chorley;
Top 12 games remaining (3); York (H) 12/04, Gateshead (H) 02/05, Spennymoor (A) 07/05;
Bradford 0-0 Chorley; Chorley were unable to get past Bradford today, drawing away 0-0. On Tuesday Chorley are home to struggling York.

Boston;
Top 12 games remaining (2); Brackley (A) 18/04, Flyde(A) 23/04;
Curzon Ashton 0-4; Boston leap four places over York, Southport, Darlington and Kettering to 6th with a 4-0 win at Curzon Ashton. They led 3-0 in the first half before Curzon had a player sent off. After half time a second Curzon player was sent off before a fourth Boston goal was scored.

Darlington;
Top 12 games remaining (3); Gateshead (A) 18/04, Brackley (H) 23/04, Kidderminster (A) 07/05;
Alfreton 0-0 Darlington; Keeping a clean sheet away from home is normally a nice reward, but hitting a post and missing two penalties is two lost points. Darlington rise to seventh and would have been sixth with a goal scored today.

Kettering;
Top 12 games remaining (3); Kidderminster (A) 18/04, Gateshead (H) 23/04, Fylde (A) 30/04;
Farsley 1-1 Kettering; Despite Kettering taking the lead, they had to settle for an away point when Farsley tied the score before half time with a final result of 1-1. Kettering rise above York and Southport to eighth place.

York;
Top 12 games remaining (3); Chorley (A) 12/04, Spennymoor (H) 15/04, Fylde (H) 02/05;
Brackley 1-0 York; After losing 0-2 at Kettering midweek, York went down to a single first half goal today at Boston, York fall three places to 9th place. On Tuesday, they have to play another Top 12 team away, at Chorley.

Southport;
Top 12 games remaining (3); Fylde (H) 15/04, Spennymoor (H) 23/04, Gateshead (A) 30/04;
Kidderminster 6-0 Southport; Southport slide three places to 10th with a disastrous 0-6 loss at Kidderminster, conceding 2 before half time, 4 in the second half. Their next game home to Fylde is huge for them to get back on track.

Spennymoor;
Top 12 games remaining (4); York (A) 15/04, Southport (A)23/04, Hereford (H) 30/04, Chorley (H) 07/05;
Spennymoor 1-0 Leamington; Spenny won this game with an 80th min winner to rise to eleventh place.

Hereford;
Top 12 games remaining (3); Spennymoor (A) 30/04, Brackley (H) 02/05, Gateshead (A) 07/05;
Fylde 2-1 Hereford; Hereford had tied the game before half time and lost out on an away point when Fylde scored after 96 mins. Hereford are now down to twelfth place


This week’s games

04/12 Tuesday
Chorley......... vs York
Kettering...... vs Guiseley
Southport...... vs Leamington


04/15 Friday
Darlington..... vs Curzon Ashton
Boston......... vs Bradford
Chester........ vs Kidderminster
Chorley......... vs Alfreton
Guiseley........ vs Gateshead
Hereford....... vs Telford
Kettering....... vs Gloucester
Leamington.... vs Brackley
Southport...... vs Fylde
York............. vs Spennymoor


Comments

Going for the league championship, both teams won their home games, Brackley still favourites to win the league.
...................... Pd .W D L..W D L...F...A..GD..Pts
01. Brackley....... 36 15 2 1... 9 7 .2. 49 19. 30.. 81
02. Gateshead.... 36 15 1 2.. 10 4 .4. 81 40. 41.. 80


The playoff second group, Fylde get their last min winner, Kidderminster had their huge 6-0 win over Southport, the four point gap remains.
...................... Pd .W D L..W D L...F...A..GD..Pts
03. Fylde.......... 36 12 2 4... 9 4 .5. 60 33. 27.. 69
04. Kidderminster 36 12 2 4... 7 6 .5. 65 30. 35.. 65


The playoff third group, those occupying fifth thru seven place, Chorley are now seven points clear of the chasers with both York and Southport who lost being replaced by Boston and Darlington. Kettering and possibly York can move into this group if better form is found. At this point Boston with points acquired look better off than York with games to play.

...................... Pd .W D L..W D L...F...A..GD..Pts
05. Chorley ....... 35 11 3 3... 5 8 .5. 55 39. 16.. 59
06. Boston......... 36.. 9 4 5... 6 3 .9. 55 51. ..4.. 52
07. Darlington.... 36.. 9 3 6... 5 6 .7. 54 48. ..6.. 51




The playoff chasers, all change as now struggling York and Southport fall into this group. Kettering lead York by goals scored, York’s game in hand will be played at Chorley so no easy game. Spennymoor’s late winner keeps them in the pack as Hereford fall to the bottom of the Top 12. This group can move up if they can find better form, any games in hand have to be converted into points, something York is struggling with.

...................... Pd .W D L..W D L...F...A..GD..Pts
08. Kettering...... 35.. 7 6 4... 7 3 .8. 50 44. ..6.. 51
09. York............ 34.. 9 3 6... 6 3 .7. 48 42. ..6.. 51
10. Southport..... 35.. 8 7 2... 5 4 .9. 51 47. ..4.. 50
11. Spennymoor... 36.. 7 6 5... 7 2 .9. 48 48. ..0.. 50
12. Hereford...... 36.. 8 4 6... 5 5 .8. 44 44. ..0.. 48



Predictions
Champions Brackley, less Top 12 opponents to play than Gateshead (3-5)

Playoffs participants;
Gateshead Fylde, Kidderminster, Chorley all moving towards mathematical certainty

Boston, Darlington. York and Southport are struggling and need to show an improvement that will give them point(s) in games.
York’s wobble may continue for two games Chorley (A) 12/04 and Spennymoor (H) 15/04 before they might turn it around. Darlington are in 7th place, they have to take their chances and win games to keep themselves there. Boston will need to get something from two tough away games Brackley (A) 18/04, Flyde(A) 23/04 later in the month.

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Re: The Top 12, Saturday April 9th 2022

Post by jjljks » Sun Apr 10, 2022 5:54 am

Good analysis, thanks Ginge01. Many of us are a bit stunned that we currently lie in a play-off place even though we missed 2 pens. Truth is plain, we must put away our chances and need to win every game to keep things in our own hands.
Couple of months ago, anyone would have told you that our chances of a play-off spot were very slim. Now there is a real prospect of keeping our season going until the very last game. Keep the faith, Darlo fans!

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