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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 20 Jan 2017
Posted in First Team

Both ends of the table are starting to get tighter but this weekend couldn’t be more important for the sides down at the bottom who are desperate for points. When the point in a season arrives when you face off against the other sides who are also struggling, performance is thrown out the window and the final score is all that matters.

The time for that is upon us, with a massive weekend of fixtures ahead for the sides scrapping for survival at the bottom of the table.

With the gap between AFC Telford United (15th) and Bradford Park Avenue (20th) currently at 5 points, every result is vital for the sides desperate to retain National North status.

With the struggling sides squaring up against each other, a switch in league standings is higher likely come the full-time whistle at 4:45pm.

Alfreton Town need to capitalize on the games in hand advantage they have on the sides around them when they host Worcester City. If results go in their favour, Alfreton could emerge from the weekend three places higher up into 15th.

Worcester go into the game in dire form- 4 points in the last 6 games and without a league victory since November (a 2-1 victory over AFC Telford). However, Alfreton will be looking to pick themselves up following a 6-3 hammering against Harrogate, but should feel confident ahead of this tie.

Gainsborough will be hoping Worcester can do them a favour as Trinity face off against Stalybridge Celtic. This fixture is a tough one to predict given how poor both sides have been this season. They have only won twice in the last ten games, however both secured three points in the previous with Celtic claiming their first home victory of the season in a shock 1-0 victory over the Shaymen last time out.

Bradford Park Avenue occupy the final relegation place, 3 points away from safety however face the toughest of opponents (at least on paper) in the form of Boston United. Nine-man Harrogate Town managed to hold out a 1-0 victory against Avenue, but Bradford are up against a Boston Side who lost their first game under new boss Adam Murray as Stockport County chalked up a first-ever win at The Jakemans Stadium with a 2-0 victory.

Stockport are up next for Halifax Town following this weekend’s clash with Salford City. County are only a point above Town in 7th and if results go Billy Heath’s way at the MBI Shay and Darlington 1883 get a result at Edgeley Park, the play off places will be just a point away for the Shaymen.

Another big weekend at the top and the bottom of the league table- who will come out victorious?

15:00 ALFRETON TOWN Vs WORCESTER CITY

15:00 BRADFORD PARK AVENUE Vs BOSTON UNITED

15:00 CHORLEY Vs ALTRINCHAM

15:00 CURZON ASHTON Vs AFC FYLDE

15:00 FC HALIFAX TOWN Vs SALFORD CITY

15:00 FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER Vs HARROGATE TOWN

15:00 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY Vs STALYBRIDGE CELTIC

15:00 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS Vs AFC TELFORD UTD

15:00 NUNEATON TOWN Vs BRACKLEY TOWN

15:00 STOCKPORT COUNTY Vs DARLINGTON 1883

 

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