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Vanarama National League North Preview

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 4 Nov 2016
Posted in First Team

Whilst the Shaymen do battle in the FA Cup 1st round away to Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, a handful of National League North fixtures are scheduled to be played.

One of which is a top vs bottom clash – with league leaders AFC Fylde hosting 20th place Stalybridge Celtic. Fylde go into Saturday’s game having seen their 15 unbeaten streak in the league end in a surprising g 1-0 defeat away at Tamworth last time out.

For Stalybridge Celtic, they recorded a vital 1-0 victory in the relegation battle with Bradford Park Avenue last week, which saw them lift off the bottom of the table but remain five points from safety. Victory last week also ended a run of four consecutive defeats (which included a 2-1 defeat in the FA Cup to the Shaymen at the start of October).

Tamworth will look to take a shock six points from the top two in the league as they host 2nd place Darlington. With just the one point between Fylde and Darlington, the away side will look for maximum points on Saturday before both sides face off next week in what is sure to be a cracker.

For the Shaymen, they’ll be hoping the teams around them in the play-off positions drop points before Billie Heaths men return to league duties.

3rd place Kidderminster will be joining Town in the FA Cup on Saturday as they travel to Blackpool.

Meanwhile 4th place Chorley (who the Shaymen trail by just a point) will be looking for their first victory in three games in the league against a struggling Nuneaton, who haven’t won since the end of September. The Shaymen also have the bonus of two games in hand on Chorley after the cup weekend concludes.

6th place Gloucester City must wait until Tuesday night to play their league tie due against Alfreton due to the latter’s cup commitments on Sunday as they host Newport County.

Gloucester will go level on points with Halifax if they can achieve victory and will be confident heading into the game on the back of two successive victories.

These are the stand-out ties in a much quieter weekend of league actions, as our attention will be down at Dagenham, where we look to reach the 2nd round of the oldest football cup competition.


AFC Fylde v Stalybridge Celtic    

Telford v Boston United                15:00    

Brackley Town P-P Altrincham

Chorley v Nuneaton

FC United of Manchester v Bradford Park Avenue

Salford City v Harrogate Town   

Stockport P-P Gainsborough Trinity


Tamworth v Darlington

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