Automatic hopefuls head-to-head

It seems scary that the league season is already twelve games old.

Notts are struggling at the wrong end and another quarter season with just two more wins could spell even more trouble at Meadow Lane.
Thommo...Banished to the first quarter

The brutal division is already two managers down with last weeks sacking of Steve Thompson and John Schofield, while more could follow.

Wrexham's Brian Carey, Grimsby's Alan Buckley and Bradford's Stuart McCall the latest names under fire.

While Bury's Chris Casper just escaped the boot.

Football can be an unforgving game but as we hear time and time again, it is a results business.

Notts fans are just an example of supporters disappointed with their teams below par start to the campaign.

Although a bad start to the season is fast becoming a poor first half of the season - you catch my drift.

It is time deliver. The table is taking shape as sides scramble to reach their goals.

Chester, Hereford, Barnet and Accrington Stanley have been the surprise packages so far this term.

While Notts County, Lincoln, Stockport and Bradford look sorry for themselves in the lower half.

Will the over achievers fade? Will the under achievers grow?

Who knows? But NCM will keep you updated on all the divisions 24 teams.


Game of the day: Darlington v Chesterfield

High-flyers do battle at the Darlington Arena on Saturday.

Third placed Quakers against the fourth placed newcomers should be a
Colbeck...New Darlo recruit

Just one point seperate these two sides who find themsleves well within the automatic promotion mix.

Darlo have yet to lose at home while no side has scored more on their travels than the Spireites.

Pawel Abbott and Jack Lester both promise goals as does this match.

Expansive attacking play is how these teams set out.

They will both have eyes on gunning down a top three finish and with their solid starts, will not see that dented by defeat this weekend.

So, I expect both sides to go all out for maximum points.

Dave Penney's hard work over the summer looks to be paying off with a greater level of consistency this season, while Chesterfield's ability to attract top players for this level will always see them strong.

The Quakers have brought in winger Joe Colbeck on loan from Bradford this week, after being told he does not feature in the Bantams plans.

He could be given the nod for the weekend.

NCM Prediction: 3-2 Quakers!

Buckley...On the ropes

Unbeaten in six, Peterborough entertain Hereford at London Road.

Posh are beginning to find their feet while the Bulls could be rocked by a last gasp defeat against table toppers MK Dons last week.

Level on points, a tight affair is on the cards.

In a scrap at the bottom Grimsby face Bradford at Blundell Park.

Both teams cannot buy a win, with Mariners chief supposedely holding onto his job by a thread.

Another home loss could be the end of his tenure.

Full fixture list:

Barnet v Accrington Stanley
Coleman...At Barnet

Brentford v Lincoln City

Chester City v Wycombe Wanderers

Dagenham & Redbridge v Rotherham United

Darlington v Chesterfield

Grimsby Town v Bradford City

Macclesfield Town v Bury

MK Dons v Stockport County

Morecambe v Rochdale

Notts County v Wrexham

Peterborough United v Hereford United

Shrewsbury Town v Mansfield Town