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Vanarama National North Preview

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 19 Nov 2016
Posted in First Team

Another Vanarama National League North game week is upon us as we preview the fixtures up and down the league.
FC Halifax Town travel to Curzon Ashton looking to cut the lead on table toppers AFC Fylde and build upon their 2-0 victory over Kidderminster last time out in the league. Curzon replicated that score line against Gloucester City as they picked up three vital points. Both teams come into the match of the backs of fantastic victories, which saw The Shaymen dispose of Dagenham & Redbridge and Curzon of a resolute Westfield’s, which saw the sides progress into the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.
AFC Fylde, who currently sit four points clear at the top, will be looking to get back to winning ways after drawing 1-1 away at fellow promotion hopefuls Darlington 1883, against a Boston United side who went down 3-2 to Steve Diggin and Brackley Town on Saturday.
Darlington and Chorley, the two teams who currently occupy second and third – four points above The Shaymen – face AFC Telford away and Gloucester City at home respectively.
Tamworth, the side who take up the final play-off, will be looking to make it four consecutive victories as they take on a Stalybridge Celtic side who are in all sorts of trouble down at the bottom of the league. Having only won three games all season, losing 15 of the 18 games they have played so far.
Another team who look in serious trouble are basement boys Altrincham; they face Alfreton Town with Jim Harvey’s side needing to pick up points sooner rather than later as they already face being cut adrift from the teams above them.
The final side who sit in the relegation zone is Bradford Park Avenue, they face Stockport County on the back of two impressive victories against FC United and Alfreton, which has seen the West Yorkshire side reduce the gap between themselves and Nuneaton Town in 19th just down to three points.
Park Avenue will be keeping a close eye on Nuneaton who travel to FC United, the away side will be looking to build upon their impressive point they picked up against Stockport County on Saturday.
Two sides in contrasting form Brackley and Harrogate Town go head-to-head at St James Park. The home side are unbeaten in five league matches propelling them up to ninth, when as Harrogate have only picked up a single point in their last six league outings.
Kidderminster Harriers, another side who are sniffing around the play-offs face Gainsborough Trinity in 15th, with both teams coming into the game on the back of 2-0 defeats.
Lastly, but most definitely not least, Worcester City make the journey up to Greater Manchester as they face Salford City, with the two sides coming into the match having overcome Telford and Altrincham respectively.

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