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FIXTURES Sat 3 March Alfreton Town


Sat 10 March Southport Tues 13 March Kidderminster Sat 17 March Fleetwood Town Tues 20 March Kettering Town Sat 24 March Hayes & Yeading


Away 3pm


Home 3pm Home 7.45pm Home 3pm Away Away


7.45pm 3pm


Tues 27 March Forest Green Rovers Home 7.45pm Sat 31 March Darlington


Home 3pm


BUCKS LOOK FOR SOME MARCH HOME COMFORTS


The bad weather saw AFC Telford United’s battle against


relegation put on by Lez Dean


hold. The New Bucks Head club found themselves with- out a competitive game for three weeks following their defeat at Grimsby Town at the end of January. Only a hastily arranged friendly with Mansfield Town, which pro- duced a 5-0 victory against a youthful Stags XI punctuated the barren spell.


fortable win


But that run out and com- appeared to


help the cause as the Bucks completed only their second win in eleven league outings as they returned to action against Braintree Town. Sin- ton’s side lost the reverse fixture narrowly 2-1 back in December and so there was a reasonable expecta- tion that they could get a


positive result from this one. This was to be a game that produced little in the way of quality and practically noth- ing in the way of coherent football. In a first half littered with errors neither side were able to stamp their authority on proceedings. The crowd of 1,776 witnessing nothing more to excite them than a


LEAGUE TABLE


Fleetwood Town 34 24 7 3 80 37 43 79 Wrexham


Luton Town Southport York City


Kidderminster


33 23 5 5 60 21 39 74 33 17 11 5 62 28 34 62 34 17 7 10 53 56 -3 58 33 15 12 6 65 36 29 57 34 16 9 9 60 46 14 57


Mansfi eld Town 33 14 13 6 54 38 16 55 Grimsby Town 32 16 6 10 64 45 19 54 Gateshead Barrow


Forest Green Cambridge


33 15 9 9 53 48 5 54 34 15 7 12 53 48 5 52 34 12 13 9 47 33 14 49 31 13 10 8 40 28 12 49


Braintree Town 34 13 7 14 56 60 -4 46 Tamworth


33 11 8 14 41 52 -11 41


Ebbsfl eet United 34 10 10 14 52 59 -7 40 Newport County 33 8 9 16 40 48 -8 33 Lincoln City


AFC Telford Utd 33 7 11 15 33 48 -15 32 Stockport Darlington


Alfreton Town


34 8 9 17 36 50 -14 33 35 6 14 15 39 57 -18 32


34 10 8 16 35 49 -14 28 33 7 7 19 41 72 -31 28


Kettering Town 34 7 7 20 34 76 -42 28 Hayes & Yeading 33 7 6 20 45 71 -26 27 Bath City


34 3 9 22 31 68 -37 18


couple of long range efforts from the visitors, and a tame Nathan


Rooney free-kick


for Telford. The second half could only be an improve- ment and was, if only mar- ginally. Braintree were now happy to throw men forward and did so at every oppor- tunity. And they threatened to breach the home defence on several occasions. Most notably through Brendan Kiernan who was twice thwarted by Bucks’ keeper Ryan Young. But it was Telford’s new loan signing from Oldham, Ryan Brooke, who made the headlines. The 21 year- old came off the bench to replace the ineffective Kyle Perry on seventy minutes and he made an immedi- ate impact. Bravely stooping low at the near post Brooke sent a fine header past Na- than McDonald in the Brain- tree goal. Fifteen minutes of nail-biting action followed for the home crowd as Braintree looked busy but the Bucks kept their lead intact and bagged an invaluable three points.


A crucial relegation bat- tle followed as Telford trav- elled to play Lincoln City. On loan Kyle Perry, a player still registered with the Imps was given permission to turn out for the Bucks. A deci- sion the home side were to regret. Telford were first to show in this one with Jay Smith going close early on. Lincoln too had chances to take the lead with Richard Pacquette missing out when faced with only Young to


> Kyle Perry celebrates his first goal of his loan from Lincoln City against Lincoln City!


Sport Wellington News


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beat in the visitors’ goal. But as often happens it was a player returning to his pre- vious club who found the net and it was that larger than life character Perry who did the damage mid-way through the half, connecting powerfully with his favoured left foot to find the net via the underside of the bar. At this point Telford would have hoped to consolidate and frustrate a Lincoln side low on confidence but the Sincil Bank outfit were soon level. The equaliser came in unfortunate fashion seven minutes after Perry’s opener as Telford conceded via the foot of one of their own play- ers. A free kick taken by


Imps’ John Nutter appeared to be of little threat until Chris Blackburn’s attempted block only succeeded in deflecting the ball wide of Young. Lincoln stepped up a gear and Young once again found himself faced with a threatening Pacquette run, but once again the Bucks stopper came out on top. As the game moved into the second period Telford were limited to sporadic at- tacks as Lincoln continued to probe. Telford though did produce a dangerous spell with twenty minutes left as a run of three quick-fire cor- ners caused some conster- nation in the home defence. Lincoln were to finish the


better and had a strong pen- alty appeal turned down late on. But Telford hung on and were more than happy to pocket a point.


The Bucks now face a season defining month as they play eight times in March,


opening three up with


a relegation six pointer at Alfreton Town on the third. Then


consecutive


home games follow against Southport, Kidderminster Harriers and high flying Fleetwood Town. They then face crucial basement bat- tles at Kettering and Hayes & Yeading before rounding off a demanding month by en- tertaining Forest Green Rov- ers and finally Darlington.


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