NPL Saturday Synopsis

Club Statement

Although The Holy Blues were without a game today we still sit fifth in the final play-off spot. Scarborough won away at Marine 2-1, surviving a late penalty, that would have seen a share of the spoils, instead seeing 'Boro close the gap to just one point but our rivals have now played the same amount of games as us (34).

As have Nantwich, who also got a rest, but still remain six points above us after a 2-1 defeat at Buxton on Tuesday. Next week's opponents and hosts Basford beat Buxton 2-0 to leave them 5 points behind Trinity with the same number of games played. Basford do have a game in hand on us so next week is a vital 6-pointer given they are 9 points behind us.

In a division where anyone can beat anyone it seems, top Dogs Warrington lost 2-3 at home against Stafford Rangers who have now moved clear of the danger area. Farsley made the most of it to go top with a 2-1 away win at the Jekyll and Hyde side.

Pos Team P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Farsley Celtic 34 23 5 6 74 36 +38 74
2 Warrington Town 34 22 6 6 66 28 +38 72
3 South Shields 33 21 4 8 71 39 +32 67
4 Nantwich Town 34 18 10 6 58 42 +16 64
5 Gainsborough Trinity 34 17 7 10 51 37 +14 58
6 Scarborough Athletic 34 17 6 11 61 46 +15 57
7 Buxton 34 14 11 9 47 40 +7 53
8 Basford United 33 16 3 14 72 61 +11 51
9 Witton Albion 33 15 5 13 40 35 +5 50
10 Hyde United 34 14 7 13 53 40 +13 49
11 Whitby Town 33 14 4 15 49 49 0 46
12 Matlock Town 33 13 6 14 54 57 -3 45
13 Hednesford Town 34 12 5 17 42 53 -11 41
14 Lancaster City 34 10 10 14 33 53 -20 40
15 Marine 33 10 9 14 36 40 -4 39
16 Stalybridge Celtic 33 10 9 14 43 53 -10 39
17 Stafford Rangers 33 9 11 13 50 59 -9 38
18 Grantham Town 34 11 5 18 39 64 -25 38
19 Bamber Bridge 34 8 12 14 54 56 -2 36
20 Mickleover Sports 33 8 8 17 32 56 -24 32
21 Workington 32 8 5 19 34 52 -18 29
22 North Ferriby United 33 2 4 27 28 91 -63 10


Trinity will be well backed for the trip to nearby Nottingham next week. The Blues will have additional physical presence for the Basford six-pointer in the form of 6 foot 4 attacking midfielder Liam Hughes - a beast of a man in either box apparently - eager to make an impression. Originally a defender, the 26-year-old who scored for Cambridge in the Conference play-off final, can play on the right or down the middle.

Report written by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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