Reflections from the league
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...
Solid wins against Blyth Spartans and Alfreton Town came either side of dropped points against York and Gloucester. FA Cup progression was secured with a win against Stafford.
What about the others in September?
York City are still unbeaten and cruising at the summit, but Farsley Celtic’s perfect month means they’re well in touch. High-scoring Brackley Town aren’t taking any prisoners either. At the other end, Kettering Town dismissed Nicky Eaden after a dismal first two months while Mark Bower returned to Bradford (Park Avenue).
The high point?
With five minutes to go and trailing to Alfreton Town, the result looked done and dusted. But Tyrone O’Neill and Justin Donawa had different ideas. The pair snatched late goals to complete a two-minute turnaround and seal all three points at the Impact Arena.
Attendances are on the rise at Blackwell Meadows. The Quakers are already way ahead of last season’s average of 1,391 – with 1,588 coming through the gates this season, they boast the fourth-best numbers in the division.
From the dug-out…
Alun Armstrong admitted he needed to “fathom out” their away form before heading to Alfreton and winning. He also declared his belief in his side despite their form. He said: “When we cut out the daft mistakes, I think we’re a difficult team to deal with.”
How do things compare to last September?
It was a month that won’t live long in the memory with just one win coming in four outings as a turbulent start to the season continued.
What does October look like?
Two games at home against Boston and Kidderminster Harriers will be a good chance to spark a charge up the table. If they can come away from Guiseley unscathed, it could be a good month.
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