With the blustery December weather picking up, only five games went ahead in the final week of fixtures before the Christmas break, but there was by no means a shortage of excitement over #MatchweekSix.
In the ‘Key Matchup’ this week, Brighouse Town travelled to Mossley in the only Northern Division fixture that survived the weather. Mossley went into the game as one of only two unbeaten teams in the Northern Division whereas Brighouse had managed their first win of the season in their latest game against Ossett United. It was the home side who came out on top in a 2-1 win thanks to a brace from Marco Nwauwa, but they did have to come from behind as the visitors took the lead early on through James Tetley. Mossley took advantage of being the only Northern fixture going ahead and climbed to the top of the table for Christmas.
When asked how it felt to be top at Christmas in a post-match interview, Mossley student Ryan Williams said: ‘It’s brilliant, especially after coming off of last season as well which wasn’t our best season. But this year we’ve got a good group of lads, a good bunch and the togetherness is there so now hopefully we can push on after Christmas.”
Stafford Rangers cashed in on Mickleover (Red) not playing and extended their lead at the top of table to three points after a 2-0 win over Mickleover (Black). Goals from Amari Ebanks-Williams and Taylor Draper secured the points in #MatchweekSix for Stafford Rangers and helps them remain unbeaten in the Midlands Division. Mickleover (Black) sit in fourth place in the division without a win since their opening game against Belper Town. Rushall Olympic (Amber) Moved up to second in the table after a 1-0 win over Belper Town. The Walsall based side have claimed 10 points in four games since their defeat to Stafford Rangers in the opening week of the season and will be hoping to keep up their impressive form after the Christmas break.
In the Southern Division, Kidlington racked up back-to-back wins over Frome Town with another 2-0 win. A brilliant strike from Ben Russell and another from Zack Evans secured the win for Kidlington and sees them move up to third in the division. In the only other game from the Southern Division, Swindon Supermarine hosted Rushall Olympic (Black). In a cagey and competitive affair, where neither side could really get a foothold in the game, Rushall scored the only goal in the game which earned them the points. After a tricky start to the season, Rushall Olympic have now won two games in a row and leapfrog Swindon in the table to move up to fourth. Swindon are winless since they romped to a 5-2 win over Frome in their first game of the season.
#MatchweekSix Team of the Week
Congratulations to all students who have been nominated by their coaches for the #TeamOfTheWeek and a special mention to Toby Cruickshank who has been awarded 'Player of the Week!' for his excellent performance in #MatchweekSix where he kept another clean sheet against Frome Town.
Take a look at how the league tables are taking shape after the #MatchweekSix fixtures.
Watch all the goals and match action from this weeks fixtures in the #MatchweekSix edition of The Highlights Show!