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Conference 2002/03 Review
by Hardy on 14/05/2003

With the 2002/03 Nationwide Conference seaaon now over Hardy looks at how each of the 22 clubs fared this term and their highs and lows.

Position: Highest - 7th, Lowest - 17th, Final - 11th

One of the pre season favourites for promotion, the Bee's season stuttered all the way, never really doing more than bouncing along in mid-table. In Junior Agogo they possessed one of the best strikers in the Conference and his tally of 19 goals won him an England Cap against Holland.

Taking four points from eventual champions Yeovil proved the real highlight of the season but once any real chance of the Play-offs disappeared they reduced their playing staff considerably including the transfers of Greg Heald and Wayne Purser to Leyton Orient for 18,000 and John Doolan to Doncaster Rovers. Manager Peter Shreeves resigned from the hot seat in March and was replaced by his former assistant Martin Allen.

Biggest win: Barnet 4 Leigh RMI 0
Biggest defeat: Dagenham & Redbridge 5 Barnet 1
Average Attendance: 1,342

Burton Albion
Position: Highest- 4th, Lowest - 18th, Final - 16th

At one time it seemed the club had bee renamed "Nigel Cough's Burton Albion", particularly around their FA Cup campaign when they came within penalties of beating Oldham. In their first Conference season, the Brewers have occupied a mid-table position for the majority of the season having started well and briefly got drawn into the edge of the relegation battle a couple of times.

Their home form is what really let them down winning only once prior to the turn of the year. Along the way they've taken a few big defeats losing 1-5 at Farnborough, 1-6 at Yeovil and an amazing 4-7 game at home to Telford where at one time they clawed back a 4-1 deficit to equalise. In contrast they took four points off Dagenham & Redbridge and beat Chester City at Eton Park. The signing towards the end of the season of Andy Ducros from Kidderminster ensured they consolidated their position in the league.

Biggest win: by two goals, six times
Biggest defeat: Yeovil Town 6 Burton Albion 1
Average Attendance: 1,750

Chester City
Position: Highest - 1st, Lowest - 15th, Final - 4th

In his first season as Chester manager, Mark Wright has totally changed his squad including the signings of Daryl Clare from Boston and Mark Quayle from Nuneaton. This tendancy to sign anyone that became available led to a standing joke among Conference fans along the lines of "Chester put in a bid"

City started the season with a goalless draw at home to Kettering but were then the last side in the league to lose a game, remaining undefeated until Nuneaton Borough took all three points from a televised game at the Deva in October. They have twice hit five goals at the Deva Stadium this season against Dagenham & Redbridge and Margate but it's been their away form that has seen them end up in a play-off position having conceded only ten goals on their travels. Last seasons golden boot winner, Clare, has continued his scoring spree notching 17 goals with Ryan Sugden chipping in with 12.

Having made the play off's they lost at the first hurdle to Doncaster on penalties so it is back to the drawing board for Mark Wright for next season.

Biggest win: Chester City 5 Margate 0
Biggest defeat: 2-0 v Farnborough Town (H) and Burton Albion (A)
Average Attendance: 2,406

Dagenham & Redbridge
Position: Highest - 1st, Lowest -15th, Final - 5th

The Daggers started well after the controversial events of the summer but after being top with three wins out of three they then had a terrible September and plunged down the table going through October in 14th place. The recovery of form coincided once again with a memorable FA Cup run for Garry Hill's team, They reached the fourth round this time, losing narrowly to Norwich City, 1-0 after beating Second Division Plymouth Argyle live on Sky TV in the third round.

The Daggers run inspired a record breaking eleven game run of league wins which began in December and lasted to mid March lifting the team into the play offs. Goals were shared evenly between the key three forwards, Mark Stein, Steve West and Junior McDougald scoring 51 between them.

Having fought past Morecambe in the closest of play off semi finals, winning on penalties the season ended with another heroic failure though, losing the final on a golden goal winner.

Biggest win: Dagenham & Redbridge 5 Barnet 1
Biggest defeat: Doncaster Rovers 5 Dagenham & Redbridge 1
Average Attendance: 1,599

Doncaster Rovers
Position: Highest -1st; Lowest - 5th, Final - 3rd

Rovers moved to the top of the Nationwide Conference after four games and were declared as title favourites when they defeated Dagenham & Redbridge 5-1 in front of the live Sky TV cameras with 19 points from a possible 21.

Eight draws in their next 15 games saw them lose top spot but they have only dropped out of the top four for one week all season and have been safe in a play off spot. In Paul Barnes with 25 league goals they have the seasons golden boot winner, and just in case he needed competition to keep him on his toes, manager Dave Penney signed Greg Blundell from Northwich Victoria for 25,000 just before the transfer deadline. On their day Rovers are a great side and their Belle Vue ground one of the more intimidating to visitors.

They got past Chester in the play off semi on penalties after two 1-1 draws and then won back their place in the football League by beating Dagenham & Redbridge in golden goal extra time.

Biggest win: Doncaster Rovers 5 Dagenham & Redbridge 1
Biggest defeat: Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 4
Average Attendance: 3,540

Farnborough Town
Position: Highest - 8th; Lowest - 19th, Final - 13th

Farnborough Town started the season under Manager/Chairman Graham Westley once again struggling under the expectations of their "Premier League in 10 years" tag. After an unspectacular start which left them mid-table they too had a wonderful FA Cup run, beating Darlington in the third round, then getting the dream draw, Arsenal at home in round 4.
Westley then engineered a switch to Highbury, the game was lost 5-1 and ran off with the money and half the team to Stevenage Borough, leaving Boro with a transfer embargo due to unpaid wages to ex Boston defender Jim Rodwell who had sued for unfair dismissal after falling out with Westley.

All this left Boro on the edge of the relegation battle but to their credit they lost just once in their last six games to reach mid-table safety. Farnborough v Stevenage games will not be for the faint hearted next season.

Biggest win: Farnborough Town 5 Woking 0
Biggest defeat: Stevenage Borough 5 Farnborough Town 0
Average Attendance: 881

Forest Green Rovers
Position: Highest - 9th; Lowest - 22nd, Final - 9th

Forest Green's season started with then one of the favourites for the drop and their early season form bore this out. They lost the first five straight scoring just once and were rock bottom in mid October. They then managed to lift themselves with ten points from twelve before dropping back to be 21st going into December.

Colin Addison's side then confounded the prophets of doom by losing just once, to Yeovil Town, in the next three and a half months, including inflicting one of only three defeats on the Champions at the Lawn on New Year's Day. With the boost of a Sky TV pay day against Exeter City in the FA Cup hopefully this friendliest of clubs will continue this upturn in fortunes next season as well. Neil Grayson's 15 league goals, 20 in all competitions, make him one of the top ten Conference strikers.

Biggest win: Forest Green Rovers 6 Nuneaton Borough 1
Biggest defeat: Morecambe 4 Forest Green Rovers 0
Average Attendance: 857

Gravesend & Northfleet
Position: Highest - 7th; Lowest - 19th, Final - 17th

The Fleet's return to the top flight of non-league football saw them start with the toughest of challenges. At Yeovil on the opening day they gained a great draw, then they just lost to Dagenham & Redbridge at home in midweek. Three wins on the bounce in late September saw them hit the heights of 7th but talk of the play off's was very premature and the remaining games saw a steady slide down the table.

They were one of five clubs in danger of the drop going into the last game of the season but a great 1-0 win over Halifax Town meant they escaped and can hopefully consolidate over the close season.

Biggest win: Gravesend & Northfleet 5 Scarborough 2
Biggest defeat: Dagenham & Redbridge 4 Gravesend & Northfleet 0
Average Attendance: 1,228

Halifax Town
Position: Highest - 2nd; Lowest - 20th, Final - 8th

Halifax Town joined the Conference in crisis, having finished well clear at the bottom of the Football League to be relegated they then completely changed their squad due to financial problems, and spent much of the season in Administration. They started with a win at home to Telford but then slumped into the relegation zone before climbing back to threaten the play-offs. A run of six wins in December and January earned Chris Wilder manager of the Month but then the wheels came off, with just three more wins in the rest of the season.

Goalscoring has been the Shaymen's problem, just 50 in total all season and only 16 away their top league scorer being Ian Fitzpatrick with 5. Halifax remain a big club though and having refloated their finances will be one to watch out for next season.

Biggest win: Halifax Town 4 Kettering Town 0
Biggest defeat: Northwich Victoria 5 Halifax Town 0
Average Attendance: 1,752

Hereford United
Position: Highest - 1st; Lowest - 11th, Final - 6th

Hereford had a season of ups and downs and eventually will be very disappointed to finish just one place outside the play off's, although eight points off the pace. Typical of their season they won their first two games, then lost the next two, then lost just one in the next nine before taking just a point from the next eighteen..

Briefly back in the play off spots in February after going thirteen games and only losing once they then slid away again wining three and losing seven of their last ten games. Ex Sheffield Wednesday striker Steve Guinan had a good season with fourteen goals and the crowds stayed faithful throughout the season but once again Hereford have failed to really punch their weight.

Biggest win: Hereford United 5 Woking 0
Biggest defeat: Yeovil Town 4 Hereford United 0
Average Attendance: 2,037

Kettering Town
Position: Highest - 14th; Lowest - 22nd, Final - 22nd

Kettering came back into the Conference after just a year in the Doc Martens and were predicted to do well. Instead they started badly and never really changed their fortunes, their first win coming after seven games when they beat eventual runners up, Morecambe. It was six more games before their next win by which time they were bottom and would stay there, apart from a brief rise to 21st in December, for the rest of the season.

The Poppies were relegated by the second week of April and two days later manager Carl Shutt was sacked. Unlike 2000/01 when they went down fighting, Kettering really never showed any kind of form this season and it may be a while before they return to the top flight of non-league football, although this time relegation sees them join the Ryman League rather than the Doc Martens..

Biggest win: Kettering Town 3 Nuneaton Borough 0
Biggest defeat: 4-0 twice, by Yeovil Town and Halifax Town
Average Attendance: 1,360

Leigh RMI
Position: Highest - 14th, Lowest - 22nd, Final - 18th

The Railwaymen started the season with the late kick off defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge, finding themselves 2-0 down before they had shaken the motorway delay out of their legs. Always struggling from there on and once again failing to light much interest in the heartland of rugby league Leigh looked to be heading for a return to the Unibond.

Long standing manager Steve Waywell gave up the unequal struggle and left for Hyde United in December and many predicted that it was curtains to Leigh, but they kept on the coattails of the teams above them though and heading into the last game of the season were in 20th place but level on points with the two above them. A win over doomed Kettering Town sees them live to fight another season.

Biggest win: 2 goals five times
Biggest defeat: 4-0 twice, by Chester City (H) and Barnet (A)
Average Attendance: 483

Position: Highest - 10th; Lowest - 20th, Final - 10th

Margate had a pretty non-descript season pretty much mid-table throughout, flirting occasionally with the drop zone but then stringing a few results together to climb away. Being forced to play most of their games at Dover's Crabble Athletic Ground won't have helped and it now looks like Hartsdown Park will be redeveloped to give them a Conference standard home in Margate itself.

Their season highlight was undoubtedly in the FA Cup where they drew with Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road and then won the replay before then being thrashed by Cardiff in a game live on Sky for which the money will be most welcome.

Biggest win: Woking 1 Margate 5
Biggest defeat: Chester City 5 Margate 0
Average Attendance: 684

Position Highest - 2nd; Lowest - 12th, Final - 2nd

Morecambe are probably the surprise package of the four teams in the play off but have been consistently in the top half dozen all season. Their form has been a credit to the longest serving manager in the Conference, Jim Harvey.

After reaching the New Year in 6th place they have lost just twice since and clinched second place on goal difference from Doncaster with a 5-0 win over Burton Albion on the last day of the season. Top scorer Wayne Curtis with 18 was ably assisted by three other players in double figures and 86 goals overall coupled with the meanest home defence in the Conference, they let in just 13 at Christie Road, makes them a real threat for promotion. In between all this they also had a great FA Cup run, reaching the third round where they lost to Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Having finished in their highest ever position in 2nd, they then lost out in the play off semi final on penalties to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Biggest win: Morecambe 6 Woking 0
Biggest defeat: Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 0
Average Attendance: 1,483

Northwich Victoria
Position: Highest - 5th; Lowest - 18th, Final- 14th

Northwich spent the season sharing with their neighbours and arch rivals Witton Albion after leaving the Drill Field in the close season. Plans for a new stadium are still being finalised but meantime the Vic's had another trademark mid-table season never looking like promotion or relegation candidates.

With Greg Blundell sold to Doncaster on transfer deadline day their main source of goals is gone which will worry the fans, but the Vic's will no doubt find a way to be around mid table again next season.

Biggest win: Halifax Town 0 Northwich Victoria 5
Biggest defeat: Scarborough 4 Northwich Victoria 1
Average Attendance: 751

Nuneaton Borough
Position: Highest - 8th; Lowest - 20th, Final - 20th

Nuneaton will feel very aggrieved by being the third and final team relegated this season. In mid December they were in the pack in mid table but then in the New Year they slid slowly downward into the relegation zone. In February they sold their top striker Mark Quayle to Chester replacing him with Kettering's Gez Murphy.

As the end of the season approached and with teams around them winning points it came down to the last day of the season. A defeat to Farnborough Town at Manor Park left them relegated back to the Doc Martens after four seasons.

Biggest win: Nuneaton Borough 3 Stevenage Borough 0
Biggest defeat: Forest Green Rovers 6 Nuneaton Borough 1
Average Attendance: 1,257

Position: Highest - 4th; Lowest - 20th, Final - 7th

Scarborough flattered to deceive again this season. They failed to win until their seventh game, then lost just two into mid January to be in the heart of the play offs. Off field events then took their eye off the ball with manager Russell Slade resigning and being re-instated twice over financial worries, eventually the club being put into administration.

A run of seven straight defeats put paid to the Seadogs play off hopes before a late season rally helped them to finish 7th just two off the play offs. Undoubtedly the club needs to get its off field activities sorted to fulfil its obvious potential in the coming seasons.

Biggest win: by three goals, five times
Biggest defeat: by three goals, four times
Average Attendance: 1,400

Position: Highest - 2nd; Lowest - 21st, Final - 21st

Southport had a spectacular fall from grace, being fourth at the start of December. From the 7th of November though to the end of the season they won just two games. Even going into April they still sat 14th seemingly safe and yet coming into the final game of the season they had to win at Stevenage Borough or rely on teams below them to lose. Sure enough they lost 3-0 and Southport were down, the first time they had held one of the bottom three positions.

All this was just months after they beat Notts County at Haig Avenue in the best result for a non-league club in the first round of the FA Cup. In January, in an attempt to turn around their fortunes the club replaced manager Phil Wilson with Mike Walsh, but this made no difference in the end.

Biggest win: Southport 5 Woking 1
Biggest defeat: Yeovil Town 6 Southport 0
Average Attendance: 1,160

Stevenage Borough
Position: Highest - 5th; Lowest - 22nd, Final - 12th

Stevenage Borough had a controversial season. They started well enough with two wins in their first four games but then won just twice more before Christmas to be bottom. Wayne Turner was fired as a result but not replaced immediately and a day later Farnborough Town were beaten 5-0 to hint at recovery.

Boro appointed Farnborough's Graham Westley just three days after Farnborough lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup, and then proceeded to sign several players mysteriously released by the new regime at Cherrywood Road. The move seemed to have failed at first as the much changed team struggled but after losing at Dagenham & Redbridge from being 2-0 up they went eight games unbeaten, winning seven to climb to safety. Boro look like one to watch next season.

Biggest win: Stevenage Borough 5 Farnborough Town 0
Biggest defeat: Nuneaton Borough 3 Stevenage Borough 0
Average Attendance: 1,897

Telford United
Position: Highest - 10th; Lowest - 22nd, Final - 15th

Telford have sacked their manager Jake King at the end of another season where they occasionally looked in trouble, but which ended with mid-table mediocrity again for the Bucks. They had a really tough opening losing to Halifax and Chester then drawing 4-4 with Doncaster having been 4-0 down, then Dagenham & Redbridge.

They had mixed fortunes then until an unbeaten run in November that lasted until mid December, which lifted them clear of immediate danger. More mixed results followed including two four game runs of defeats and four wins in five games including a remarkable 7-4 win over Burton Albion at Eton Park. The change of management, and the completion of Bucks Head hint at ambition from Telford for next season.

Biggest win: three goals, three times
Biggest defeat: Telford United 0 Yeovil Town 5
Average Attendance: 985

Position: Highest - 1st; Lowest - 21st, Final - 19th

Woking finished 19th.for the second season in succession, surviving this time thanks to a last day win over Telford United. The Cards' season was far from being dull though as they topped the table after four games and after going the first five unbeaten then lost the next seven straight to plunge to near the bottom including letting in 19 goals in four games. In fact they let in five or more goals an amazing six times during the season.

From November to mid February they had a run where they would win a game then lose one, and then after going 14 games without a draw they then drew nine on the trot to set a Conference record, four of those drawn matches being against the top five teams.

Biggest win: three goals, three times
Biggest defeat: Morecambe 6 Woking 0
Average Attendance: 1,999

Yeovil Town
Position: Highest - 1st; Lowest - 15th, Final - 1st

After 108 seasons as one of the non-league games biggest names the Glovers are finally a Football League team by virtue of a record breaking season in which they were top from October until the final day. On the way they had the highest winning total of points (96) and the largest winning margin (17) as well as scoring 100 goals. They remained undefeated at home throughout the season and set a new Conference record for average attendance.

Having set the pace early on, Yeovil completed the jigsaw by paying Stevenage Borough 20,000 for striker Kirk Jackson who teamed up with Kevin Gall up front to make an irresistible front two. All this after last season's star striker, Adam Stansfield, missed the whole season with a broken leg. Yeovil were undoubtedly Champions in every way this season.

Biggest win: Yeovil Town 6 Southport 0
Biggest defeat: one goal, three times
Average Attendance: 4,741

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