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AFC Telford United’s Blue Square Bet Premier future remains in the balance. With only a handful of games left, the Bucks have been un- able to put daylight between themselves and the relega- tion places. It appears that two, or maybe three more wins will be needed to main- tain their premier status, but form is not good and boss Andy Sinton will need his side to step up a gear if they are to survive. Following their New Bucks Head defeat to Southport, Telford went into the second of three home games in eight days in need of something against Kidderminster Harriers. And only four minutes had elapsed before the Bucks found themselves in front, the recalled Phil Trainer get- ting on the end of a Jona- than Brown cross to head home. From that point Har- riers pressed hard and the home side could consider


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themselves fortunate to still hold the lead at half-time. But it was soon after that the visitors levelled. A sweeping move ended with Anthony Malbon’s powerful header comfortably beating Bucks’ keeper Ryan Young. Har- riers then spurned several chances to take the lead be- fore Telford fought their way back into the match. And it was during their best spell of the game that they were rewarded with a second goal as Richard Davies’ wayward


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


shot hit Chris Blackburn’s flailing leg and looped into the net. A nervy twenty-five minutes followed as Telford doggedly defended their advantage to secure three important points. Now Telford entertained league leaders Fleetwood Town and they soon found themselves with a moun- tain to climb as the Cod- men swept into a two goal lead within the first fifteen minutes thanks to a double from Andy Mangan. Fleet- wood could easily have had more in a one-sided first half as they attacked a shell shocked Telford side at will. This continued into the second period as the excel- lent Jamie Vardy became an increasingly greater threat. Telford did however pull a goal back against the run of play in the seventy-fourth minute. This came in spec- tacular fashion as Jonathan Brown bent home a superb free-kick from twenty yards. But this served only to re- double Fleetwood’s efforts as the seaside outfit stepped up to add two more, Vardy bagging both as he capped a match winning perfor- mance. Outclassed and out- gunned Telford now travelled to relegation threatened Ket- tering Town with more realis- tic hopes of getting a result. But if Telford’s efforts against Fleetwood were in- adequate their efforts versus Kettering were abject. For a game that meant so much neither team produced very much of consequence. In fact it took until the start of the second period for either team to wake up to the task and it was Kettering that did so. On fifty minutes Poppies’ Ben Ford stung Young’s


> Adam Proudlock made his long waited return from injury in the recent 0-0 draw with Hayes & Yeading.


hands with a shot which fell invitingly for Charlie Wyke to sweep home for the lead. This was just reward for the home side’s improved per- formance and they were to double their lead just ten minutes later this time thanks to one of a small number of cohesive moves during the match. This time Ben Joyce smartly volleyed home fol- lowing a fine cross from Phil Ifil. Telford laboured to get back into the game and in- troduced Kyle Perry from the bench. The Bucks’ fortunes improved and saw Trainer shoot over and Marlon Jack- son have an effort well saved before Perry scored, the Lin- coln loanee turning a Chris Sharp shot into the net. But


the Bucks failed to mount another serious threat on the Kettering goal and so were forced to concede defeat in a worrying manner. Hayes and Yeading sat just inside the relegation places as Telford visited. And it was imperative that the Bucks took at least a point to maintain the gap between themselves and the drop zone. Telford made a bright start and could have taken the lead in the first quarter hour as a marauding Will Salmon pushed forward from his full back position before letting fly, his shot then came back off the bar to the supporting Trainer who saw his effort blocked. The game appeared to turn the


Bucks’ way after twenty-four minutes as Hayes’ defender Phil Walsh earned himself a sending off after threatening behaviour toward Perry. This should have signalled the start of a period of Telford dominance but this did not happen, in fact Hayes began to look the better side with Young having to be alert to keep out a couple of ef- forts. Adam Proudlock was introduced from the bench for the Bucks and almost set up Trainer for the opener, but the midfielder’s header looped over. But Hayes re- mained a threat and Telford were once again grateful to Young as he kept out Dan Spence’s late strike to se- cure the draw.


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