Wins for Chesterfield, Boreham Wood, Grimsby (Friday night), Bromley and Halifax saw them secure the top 5 positions going into the next round of games.
Our Tuesday night opponent, King's Lynn, led at Bromley twice but ultimately came away with nothing. Meanwhile, our Saturday opponent, Wealdstone, got a scoreless draw at Wrexham. Wealdstone are now W2 D2 from their last 4 and have a good chance to extend their unbeaten run on Tuesday against Dover. Seemingly not a game to assume will be easy then, even if we rightly expect the points.
Notts lost to Eastleigh, while The Daggers continued their fall with a loss to Yeovil - a 5th loss in 8 league games. They've now taken just 10 points from their last 10 games.
Chesterfield have a good 'on paper' opportunity to extend their point lead in the table over Boreham Wood this week as they face Alty and Maidenhead while The Wood face Notts on Tuesday followed by an away trip to Grimsby on Saturday. With Chesterfield currently having a +20 GD, while we have only just got to a neutral position, the task of catching them is only too obvious.
Other than that, Grimsby have a horrible run coming up where 9 of their next 11 games are against a group of the better sides in the league. A real test of where they're at then.
Alty came back from 2-0 down at leaders Chesterfield, securing a point deep in added time. As such, Cheaterfield lost a chance to extend their lead over Boreham Wood. who drew at home to Notts.
As mentioned in my last post, Grimsby have a tough run to deal with and they fell at the first hurdle away at Solihull. Jimmy Ball and Lois Maynard started for Solihull in that one.
With Grimsby losing, Bromley could have moved into 3rd but they themselves lost to visitors Yeovil. In breaking Bromley's double figures unbeaten run, Yeovil now sit 3 points behind us with a game in hand and they've picked up 13 of their last 15 available points.
The Daggers lost once more, this time to visiting Eastleigh, and so slip below us in the table.
Halifax, who sit 4th, took the lead against visitors Wrexham but lost to a last minute goal from Paul Mullin.
Our next opponents Wealdstone were twice pegged back by Dover but got themselves over the line to make it 11 points from their last 5 (unbeaten) games.
Yup, Notts v The Daggers, Wrexham v Bromley and Grimsby v Boreham Wood are the standout games in Saturday.
Plus, Eastleigh (14th) are hosting Solihull (7th) and that could see a favourable result for us. Eastleigh haven't lost at home since the opening day and just beat Notts and The Daggers while keeping clean sheets.
A big weekend ahead then... Wealdstone themselves might fancy a result against us, given their own unbeaten in 5 status.
Just 2 clean sheets and 2 home wins in the 8 games that went ahead today. Notts secured the points in a competitive TV game v The Daggers, with set pieces playing a big part on the day. Wrexham beat Bromley, who were reduced to 10 within the opening 10... before even Bromley's commentary team had arrived due to their travel delays! Like us, Wrexham have therefore taken 13 points from their last 5 games. However, we sit atop the form table on goals scored.
Included in the 5 away wins on the day... Halifax almost managed to lose a 3 goal lead at Torquay but 2 goals in the final few minutes was A Little (he scored Torquay's 2nd) bit too late for the hosts. Southend got a really good 3 points away at Alty, with former loanee Sam Dalby getting a goal for the (generally struggling) visitors, who remain in the relegation zone.
There was just the one game in the league tonight and it saw Wrexham lose at home to Yeovil, a result which brought their 6 game unbeaten run to an end. It also means Yeovil are now unbeaten in 7, and 5 of those have been wins.
Former Hatter Liam McAlinden was sent off for the hosts in the 1st half and Yeovil got 2 2nd half goals to punish the 10 men.
No draws in the 10 games played today, with 4 home wins and 6 very happy away sides. And the results were as bad as we could have gotten, sadly!
Chesterfield (at Grimsby), Bromley (at Alty) and Halifax (at Wealdstone) all posted the (annoyingly) 'professional' 1-0 away win, while Boreham Wood went one better with a 2-0 win at Woking. Halifax's winner was a penalty conversion by Warby and Newby played the full game for Halifax. They sit 6 points clear of us having played the same amount of games. Solihull, with Lois Maynard in their line-up, had the most convincing result of the day, scoring 4 at Maidenhead without reply.
Last year's loanee Sam Dalby opened the scoring for Southend at Notts but they ultimately crumbled, conceding 4. In the evening game, a slow-playing Wrexham beat low-block Weymouth 1-0, which was the same scoreline Yeovil enjoyed as they hosted the in-form Barnet. Yeovil are now unbeaten in 10 in all comps and have moved above us in the table having also played 18 games.