By Amos Murphy
Ever wondered what it would be like for an 11-fold accumulator, featuring every single match in a division to come in? Well for this lucky legend of a Betway customer, that dream became a reality this weekend.
After a breathtaking midweek programme of fixtures, last weekend’s National League action promised to once again provide a number of eye-catching storylines for fans of the fifth-tier to dig their teeth into.
For one Betway customer, they decided to chance their arm at predicting each and every one of the National League matches, putting together an 11-fold accumulator with odds of 4,255/1.
Using a free bet as the stake, the punter based in Spain would have been reeling in his excitement come around 5pm on Saturday evening, when the 11-fold came in and he was €21,269 better off.
How it all unfolded…
Whilst some fixtures may have been easier to predict, like high-flying Chesterfield’s 4-0 battering of struggling Southend United, others needed a little more pre-match attention devoted to them.
Dover Athletic may be marooned at the foot of the table, yet Barnet hadn’t enjoyed the best of starts and their 2-1 win over the league bottom-placed side proved one of the more difficult picks of the day.
There were also slender victories by one-goal margins for the likes of Stockport County, Solihull Moors and Eastleigh, who all saw off Aldershot Town, King’s Lynn Town and Wealdstone respectively.
But, there was one match in particular that almost ruined the whole thing…
Betslip nearly swimming with the Fish
With 10 of the 11 selections all set to come in heading into the final leg of Saturday afternoon’s action, the Spanish-based Betway user would have no doubt been frantically refreshing the Twitter page of North East Lincolnshire club Grimsby Town, who were being held by Woking.
The Mariners had entered the weekend top of the table, yet despite dominating their fixture against Woking, the league leaders just couldn’t find a breakthrough, making a goalless draw and in turn, a spoiled bet slip look almost inevitable
That panic quickly turned to pandemonium when Harry Clifton popped up in the 87th minute of the match to steal a 1-0 win for the side affectionately known as ‘the Fish’ and secure what turned out to be one hell of a return for this plucky punt. Not bad for a free bet, ‘ey?