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Vanarama National League North Preview

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 3 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team

In addition to FC Halifax Town’s trip to Brackley Town this Tuesday, April 4 (7.45pm), there are two other games scheduled in the Vanarama National League North.

Stalybridge Celtic have what is surely regarded as a must-win trip to Alfreton Town, and Nuneaton Town will host Gloucester City. Celtic are second-bottom, and a considerable 13 points behind Worcester City, who are the current benchmark for safety. Stalybridge do, however, have three games in hand on both Worcester and Gainsborough Trinity, who are 11 points ahead of Celtic.

Alfreton Town are 17th, and though they wouldn’t be mathematically safe, they could take a huge step towards preserving their National League North status with a victory on Tuesday. On Saturday, Alfreton lost at home to Bradford Park Avenue, whilst Stalybridge had to settle for a point at FC United of Manchester, despite leading twice, as the sides drew 2-2.

Gloucester City will still harbour faint play-off hopes but the sheer volume of sides who sit above them might be too much to overcome, even if they finish the season strongly. They are currently tenth, nine points off Chorley in fifth, and with a game in hand.

They drew 0-0 at Curzon Ashton at the weekend, while their hosts Nuneaton also drew; 1-1 at Stockport County. That result means Nuneaton would make themselves mathematically safe from relegation if they avoid defeat on Tuesday, though they are already safe, 15 points above Gainsborough, who have just 15 to play for, and with a significantly better goal difference.

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