The Skrill Premier began on Saturday, with 22 teams battling it out to secure a spot in the Football League.

I myself went to support my team, Barnet FC, who were starting a new life not only because they had been relegated from League Two, but they also played their first competitive match at their newly-constructed stadium, The Hive.

Chester, with three back-to-back promotions, were also fellow newcomers in this league, and were backed well by a travelling group of passionate fans.

Barnet were the team who won the contest, with a comfortable 3-0 win to light the fire under their promotion campaign.

The fans had thought this would be enough to secure first place in the table - yet Forest Green Rovers dispatched eight goals past the ten men of Hyde FC, meaning they currently reside over the top of the table.

Forest Green Rovers are considered the Manchester City of non-league football, with sizeable investments into building one of the most eco-friendly clubs in England.

Armed with 180 solar panels, a pesticide-free pitch and a meat-free snack policy, they are looking ahead to a successful future.

Dartford beat Alfreton Town in a 1-0 victory at home, whilst Southport pulled off somewhat of an upset by edging visitors Luton Town in a 1-0 win also.

There were happy away days for fans from Nuneaton and Tamworth, who saw off Macclesfield Town and Salisbury City respectively, both in 1-0 victories.

Elsewhere, Kidderminster Harriers won against Gateshead in a 3-1 victory, that puts the former into third place following last season's second placed finish.

Wrexham also won against Welling United thanks to Ogleby's 83rd minute goal.

There were three stalemates, with Grimsby and cash-strapped Aldershort drawing 1-1, and Hereford United and Braintree Town drawing with the same scoreline.

Woking and Lincoln also held each other to a 0-0 draw.

Goals have not been sparse this gameweek, which points towards greater defensive cohesion in non-league football. More teams seem to be putting the emphasis on possession play, as did Barnet. 

With teams like ours in non-league, there may be more than one 'Premier' League to keep an eye on.


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