Thursday 10th April 2014
Forget the Champions League, Thursday night brings with it a couple of important fixtures for the Shaymen faithful. The first of the two 7:45pm kick-offs sees relegation battlers Dartford host play-off contenders Grimsby. Grimsby have one loss in their last five fixtures which came against league runaways Luton Town. Dartford have their backs to the walls and need points in order to avoid the drop so both teams have it all to play for but you’d expect to see Town fans pull out their Dartford shirts. Cambridge will be travelling to Woking and while Cambridge have all but secured their play-off spot, they’ll be looking to make it three wins in three. Meanwhile, Woking’s form has been incredible, and they’ll be looking to add Cambridge to their hit-list come Thursday night.
Saturday 12th April 2014
All of Saturday’s will be kicking off seven minutes later than originally scheduled to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy. In the early kick-off (12:52) Luton welcome Braintree Town in another clash that Town fans will be keen on as they hope Luton do them a favour, preferably without Andre Gray scoring. Of course, the big game is down at The Hive where the in-form Halifax Town will be buzzing to take on ‘The Bees’ Barnet FC at 15:07. Joint league top-scorer Lee Gregory is still looking for his 100th goal as a Shayman while the London club are looking to build on their 1-1 draw with relegation strugglers Southport on Tuesday night. If the results go Town’s way this weekend as they did midweek, Halifax could end the week in third place in the Skrill Conference Premier.
Cambridge and Dartford are both in action for the second time in three days when they face Hyde and Forest Green respectively. Meanwhile Grimsby will be playing Chester in their second game in two days in another interesting clash of two teams really battling, but for different reasons. Grimsby are trying to cement themselves a playoff spot while Chester will be fighting to survive.
Fellow playoff hopefuls Gateshead look to make it five consecutive wins in a run of seven unbeaten games when they travel to Hereford. Despite their troubles on and off the pitch, ‘The Bulls’ won their first game in ten midweek and paid £78,000 off their heavy debt to celebrate. Kidderminster host Welling in what seems to be a rare mid-table match-up. The ‘Shots’ travel to Macclesfield as they desperately try and escape the drop zone against a Macclesfield side with just three wins in their last ten.
Salisbury are in search of their third consecutive win when they square off against the ‘Imps’ Lincoln City who are looking of a win of their own, as they aim to snap their three game winless streak. Tamworth were effectively relegated midweek as Hereford notched up three points against Welling, nonetheless, ‘The Lambs’ will fight until it is mathematically impossible and that fight begins when they travel to another struggling team Southport, who snapped the two game losing streak with a hard-earned draw against Barnet on Tuesday.
Woking could half make up for the three points they took from the Shay this season when they face playoff contenders Alfreton, who are without a win in four games. Yet another surprise playoff candidate Nuneaton will make the trip to North Wales in the hope that they can slay the out-of-flavour Dragons, who’s newly appointed boss Kevin Wilkin welcomes the Nuneaton team he left just three weeks ago, to the Racecourse Ground.
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