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Football Conference Preview

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Wed 12 Feb 2014
Posted in First Team

The Skrill Conference Premier season continues with Halifax’s trip to Chester on Thursday night, before nine other fixtures kick off at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

Luton’s six-point cushion could be extended to nine by 6pm, as they host 15th-placed Hereford whilst Cambridge United have the weekend off ahead of their hosting of Wrexham on Tuesday.

Relegation-threatened Hyde face an unenviable trip to Nuneaton, who sit just outside the playoffs in sixth, and Boro are one of two teams with a goal difference of 0. The other is Alfreton Town, who host Aldershot in the battle to find out which team beginning with ‘A’ is better. The previous encounter finished in a 3-2 victory for Alfreton back in October. The Shots meanwhile would be in a more comfortable 15th without their points penalty, but instead find themselves looking nervously over their shoulders at Tamworth who’ve a game in hand.

Barnet host the aforementioned Staffordshire club, knowing that a win will vault them very much back into playoff contention, but haven’t won back-to-back games in well over a month. Gateshead, currently in fourth, have gone nine unbeaten in the league since their defeat at the hands of the Hatters back in December, and they host a Woking side that welcomed back Halifax-harrower Jack Marriott on loan until the end of the season. The Cardinals are as close to the top in terms of points earned as they are the bottom.

Southport are just two points from safety, but have played more games than Aldershot so they know they need a result at home to Salisbury to put pressure on those around them and try to claw their way out of trouble, with the Sussex side one of six or seven teams fighting it out for the final play-off spot.

Lincoln City, whose groundstaff did so well to get the game against Halifax to go ahead, welcome Kidderminster Harriers to Sincil Bank, and 11th hosts 14th as Forest Green make the trip north to play Macclesfield Town, who were victorious earlier in the season.

Finally, the reduced Conference card is completed by Braintree and Wrexham, who shall do battle (weather permitting of course) with the home side having played just 25 of their fixtures so far this season and a lot of ground to make up on the rest of the mid-table teams.

The list in full:

Thursday 13 February

Chester v Halifax (7:30pm) – Live on BT Sport

Saturday 15 February (all 3pm)

Alfreton v Aldershot

Barnet v Tamworth

Braintree v Wrexham

Gateshead v Woking

Lincoln v Kidderminster

Luton v Hereford

Macclesfield v Forest Green

Nuneaton v Hyde

Southport v Salisbury


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