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Vanarama National League North Preview

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 11 Nov 2016
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town host Kidderminster Harriers at the MBi Shay on Saturday, but it isn’t the only game in the Vanarama National League North taking place on Saturday. There’s a top of the table clash and a two mouthwatering derby games, which could help shape the table in the run up to Christmas.

Arguably the biggest game of the season so far takes place in the North-East on Saturday, as second placed Darlington host leaders AFC Fylde. Just four points separate the sides going into the clash, which is the first ever between the two sides.

Third placed Chorley travel to mid-table Gainsborough Trinity, and could go second in the table should they win and Darlington lose.

Fresh from a 1-1 FA Cup draw at Westfields, Curzon Ashton make the even longer journey south to face Gloucester City. Curzon are yet to win at home this season, but are a much-improved side away and will be confident of picking up points against a strong Gloucester side.

Struggling Bradford Park Avenue host an Alfreton side who earned a replay against League Two side Newport last weekend, but they will be looking to earn a second win of the season.

Alongside Bradford in the relegation zone is Stalybridge Celtic, who host FC United in an exciting Manchester derby. Celtic have improved of late, and despite a 5-0 reverse at Fylde last week, they had won their previous two in all competitions.

Another local derby occurs at Moss Lane, as Altrincham host a Salford City side who have slid down the table of late. Jim Harvey’s side are yet to win at home but will be hopeful of picking up a win against the Class of 92’s Salford side.

Elsewhere, Nuneaton host Stockport County, Telford travel to Worcester and Boston host a Brackley side who battled to an FA Cup replay against Gillingham at the weekend.

Impressive Harrogate Town welcome Tamworth to Wetherby Road.

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