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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 24 Mar 2017
Posted in First Team

AFC Fylde are looking odds on to lift the league trophy at the end of the season as they currently sit nine points clear. On Saturday, they travel to Nuneaton Town as they look to keep the gap as it is between them and Kidderminster Harriers in second place.

FC Halifax make the journey to Manchester as they play FC United looking to secure all three points in a game which would see anything but maximum points deemed as a failure considering how tight it is at the top, against Karl Marginson’s side who are marooned in mid-table with nothing to play for.

Second place Kidderminster Harriers look to keep the pressure on Fylde and most importantly cement their play-off spot against Harrogate Town, a side who still harbour play-off hopes of their own. Kiddy beat Tamworth 4-3 on Tuesday night, when as their opponents, Harrogate’s game against Stalybridge Celtic was postponed.

The Shaymen’s last opponents Gainsborough Trinity welcome Darlington 1883 to the Northolme. Darlington are on the cusp on a play-off spot when as Trinity are fighting for their lives down at the bottom. Expect a close game in Lincolnshire as both sides need maximum points for contrasting reasons.

Third place Salford City face a trip to Lincolnshire as they look at secure three points against Boston United, a side currently sitting nine points above the relegation zone. Salford look to get back to winning ways after Michael Nottingham secured a late point against promotion rivals Chorley on Tuesday.

Chorley who currently sit one place and two points above the Shaymen in fourth place welcome mid-table side Curzon Ashton to Victory Park as they look to secure three points against a side who will be spending another season in the National League North.

Another side looking to reach the play-off spots are Stockport County. The Greater Manchester side face a Tamworth side who still harbour hopes of sneaking into the top five. County currently sit seventh and just one point off fifth place as their opponents sit five points and a solitary place behind them.

Looking at the bottom end of the table and several important matches which could play a huge part in shaping the relegation places come the end of April will be taking place Saturday.

Bradford Park Avenue face an Altrincham side who sit 13 points off the relegation zone and a near certain to face back-to-back relegations. A win for the home side could ease their relegation fears as they currently sit four points out of the bottom three.

Two sides who are also staring relegation in the face are Stalybridge Celtic and Worcester City. The former currently sit in 21st place 11 points from safety with four games in hand. When as Worcester are only outside the bottom three on goal difference as they have +10 on Gainsborough. Points in this game is a mere necessity for both sides.

Another side who are looking over their shoulders are AFC Telford United. The Bucks, who are just four points outside the bottom three, face a Brackley Town side who are still harbouring hopes of reaching the play-off spots, as they sit six points off Billy Heath’s side.

Finally, there will be a mid-table clash at Whaddon Road between Gloucester City and Alfreton Town, two sides who have recently took three points against the Shaymen. Both sides have no fears of relegation or any chance of reaching the play-offs.

FC Halifax Town travel to FC United on Saturday 25th March, with kick off scheduled for 3:00pm.

You can catch all the build-up and live match commentary on Shaymen Player HD from 2:45pm, as well as the full match.


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