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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 30 Jan 2014
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Only nine games will take place on Saturday in the Skrill Premier due to FA Trophy commitments for Aldershot, Cambridge United, Grimsby and Tamworth.

However, there are still some mouth-watering encounters that will take place, weather permitting, with the pick of the lot taking place at the Gateshead International Stadium where Kidderminster Harriers are the visitors.

Fifth-placed Gateshead are unbeaten in their last eight but have only won two of those, whilst seventh-placed Kidderminster, whose form has been indifferent of late, remain only one point behind the Heed with games in hand still to play.

Table toppers Luton travel to Dartford knowing that victory will put them six points clear at the top of table due to second placed Cambridge not being in league action. However, the will come up against a side in Dartford who will take great confidence from two very good results in their last two games. Victory against Kidderminster was followed up with a 3-3 draw against Cambridge United last time out and they are just showing signs that they are not ready give up in the relegation scrap just yet.

Likewise, Chester’s resurgence under new manager Steve Burr has seem them move out of the bottom four and all of a sudden they look like a side that is capable of beating the drop. Two wins in the three games under the former Harriers boss has given them a real chance of kicking on and moving away from the struggling pack. Up next for them is the visit of 14th placed Welling to the Deva Stadium.

Basement club Hyde will again be up against it as they travel to third placed Alfreton. With a goal difference of -56 and just seven points on the board it is difficult to see a way out for them but Alfreton, who remain in the hunt for the play-offs can extend the gap between themselves and fourth placed Grimsby, who aren’t in action this week.

Other games in the Skrill Premier this weekend see Salisbury entertain Nuneaton, Macclesfield host Barnet, Braintree travel to Southport and Forest Green visit Woking.

Skrill Premier fixtures: 01/02/2014

Alfreton v Hyde

Chester v Welling

Dartford v Luton

Gateshead v Kidderminster

Lincoln City v Halifax

Macclesfield v Barnet

Salisbury v Nuneaton

Southport v Braintree

Woking v Forest Green

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