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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 3 Feb 2014
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FC Halifax Town’s clash with Salisbury City is one of four games on Tuesday night in the Skrill Conference Premier. There is a bottom of the table clash at Princes Park where 23rd placed Dartford host an Aldershot Town side who sit three points from safety. Another team under threat of relegation is Chester FC who make the short trip to Macclesfield and elsewhere Lincoln City host Nuneaton. There is also a match on Thursday night as second placed Cambridge United travel to Kidderminster Harriers.

Dartford v Aldershot

Despite being five points from safety The Darts come into the game after two very positive results against Conference big hitters Cambridge United and Kidderminster Harriers. The win two weeks ago at Aggborough was a result that shocked many across the Skrill Premier and it was followed up by a 3-3 draw at home to The U’s having been trailing 2-0. Having lost to Nuneaton last Tuesday, a run of three games undefeated was brought to an end for The Shots. With top scorer Brett Williams taking the league by storm they will be confident of getting goals in Kent as they look to climb away from trouble.

Lincoln City v Nuneaton

Lincoln defeated The Shaymen at the weekend with a Ben Tomlinson hat-trick. Against Nuneaton it will be their third home match in a row and they will be looking to make it seven points from those matches with a win. Victory would see them leapfrog Braintree into 16th place whereas Nuneaton taking the spoils will lift them ahead of Grimsby into the play-off places. Although Boro have lost their last four in a row on the road and haven’t claimed three points on the road since the start of December.

Macclesfield v Chester

The Silkmen haven’t had a match for two weeks due to postponements but won last time out and home to Lincoln. Victory would see them rise above Wrexham and Welling United into 11th place and in touch with the play-off pack. Since the arrival of manager Steve Burr, Chester FC have followed up back to back wins against Barnet and Woking with successive defeats to Forest Green Rovers and Welling. Lying only one point ahead of the drop zone a victory may left them a place into 19th

Kidderminster v Cambridge

In amongst their impressive FA Cup exploits, Kidderminster Harriers’ new boss Andy Thorn is struggling to make an impression in the league. A shock loss at home to Dartford was followed by a point at Hereford United and a loss at the weekend at Gateshead. A win could see them move into the play-off places ahead of Grimsby, depending on the results of Nuneaton and Salisbury. Second in the table, Cambridge have only won one in their last four games, away at Tamworth. A disappointing draw at Dartford was followed with a first home defeat of the season against Grimsby Town. A win will send Richard Money’s side level on points with leaders Luton Town at the summit, although it will take an eleven goal victory to regain top spot.

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