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Vanarama National League North Preview

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 13 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team

With FC Halifax Town preparing to for their crunch clash against AFC Fylde, the Vanarama National League North is preparing several Good Friday clashes.

This includes Kidderminster Harrier’s push to keep pressure on Fylde, Gainsborough Trinity looking to grab some much-needed points against a strong Salford City, Chorley’s fight to secure a play-off spot and more.

We will kick things off with a clash that will have Halifax fans’ mouthwatering ahead of the Easter weekend because should Kidderminster slip up at home to Boston United, they will have the chance to jump above them into second place.

The away side will be coming into this game as firm underdogs but have won three of their last five games including a convincing 3-0 victory over AFC Telford United and have a lethal striker in their side in the form of Jay Rollins. The pacey forward has scored 12 league goals this season and will be crucial to Boston if they are to cause an upset in this game.

At the time of writing Kidderminster are set to play their game in hand on Tuesday night against Stalybridge Celtic and a win would move them to just three points away from AFC Fylde at the top of the table. They have been one of the stand out teams of the season and will be fully expected to come away with the three point in both of their fixtures this week.

Salford City are still only three points behind Halifax but it does seem like their aim for the season will be to make sure they secure a play-off spot in this incredibly competitive league.

They will also be going into their tie-on Friday as the firm favourites, travelling to relegation threatened Gainsborough Trinity. The home side are only three points behind Worcester City in 19th position and will be hoping to get anything they can out of this game to try and avoid the drop.

Despite being favourites Salford have only won two of their last seven matches and have only won three of their last ten games on the road. A run of form that will give Gainsborough hope that they can pull of an upset.

Worcester City will be wanting Salford to comfortably beat Gainsborough though as they themselves have a tough clash against play-off hunting Chorley. Worcester are currently three points off the drop and come into this game in shocking form.

The Blues have won just one of their last 21 matches in all competitions, their only win coming against Stalybridge Celtic in a run that dates to November. Chorley are in sixth place in the league, level on points with Darlington in 5th place and look to be set for a walk in the park.

Elsewhere in the league, Stockport County face off against Telford, Stockport are also level on points with Darlington in the incredibly hot race for a play-off spot. Also, midtable Curzon Ashton are at home to already relegated Altrincham with Alty set to be playing for pride for the remainder of the season.

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