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Posted by Ashley Brewer
Posted on Fri 13 Apr 2018
Posted in First Team

Saturday sees FC Halifax Town make the long trip to take on a struggling Torquay United.

As the side prepare to take on the relegation threatened Gulls, he is some news from around the league.

Following their relegation from the Vanarama National League, Marcus Bignot has left his position as manager after being informed he would not be offered a new contract.

It has been a disastrous season for the club, who have only won 7 games all season. A club statement announced: “Chester Football Club can confirm that they have parted company with First Team Manager, Marcus Bignot, with immediate effect.”

“After what has proved to be a difficult season both on and off the pitch, which resulted in the club’s relegation from the Vanarama National League last weekend, the club have decided to end the manager’s contract to facilitate the search for a new manager”

A search for Bignot’s successor will begin immediately, with Calum McIntyre being put in temporary charge.

Barrow finally enjoyed the taste of victory at home for the first time in 5 and a half months after they beat Eastleigh 3-2.

Ady Pennock’s side endured 12 matches at Holker Street without winning, form that has seen them drop back into the relegation zone.

However, the result was one that has boosted The Bluebirds’ hopes of survival.

Dover Athletic’s Mitch Walker has been named March’s Vanarama National League player of the month.

The stopper kept 4 cleans sheets in 5 matches, keeping Leyton Orient, Chester, Barrow and league leaders Macclesfield Town at bay, making an impressive triple save against The O’s.

The Whites picked up 3 wins and a draw, a run that has seen them enter the race for promotion once again.

The title of March’s best manager has gone to Hartlepool United’s Matthew Bates.

Craig Harrison’s successor has got The Pools back on course for survival following a 3-game winning streak last month, beating Barrow, Bromley and Maidstone United.

Draws against promotion chasing AFC Fylde and Boreham Wood saw their unbeaten run stretch out to 5 games, which has saw the club build a 4-point cushion between them and the drop zone.

We end with our previous opposition, as Richard and Julie Bennett have announced their wishes to sell Gateshead.

The husband and wife have enjoyed overseeing the club for 3 years before making this ‘heart-wrenching decision,’ as Richard described it in a statement.

‘But having invested considerable time and money during the past three years, we feel that we have taken the club as far as we possibly can.’

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