There are nine big matches taking place this weekend in the Vanarama National League North, with key games in both the race for promotion and the battle to avoid relegation.
Starting at the top, the two form teams in the division play each other as AFC Fylde travel to Salford in what is a massive game, failure to win at Moor Lane would mean that Kidderminster could move to within three points of The Coasters if they win their two games in hand. Salford, meanwhile, would go second with a victory and surely, with 15 league games still to go, harbour their own thoughts of catching Dave Challinor’s men.
In another big match, Chorley look to consolidate their position in the top five as they host Darlington, whereas The Quakers will be looking to move back in to the play-offs after recently being replaced by Stockport County. In the other games of interest at the top, Tamworth and Halifax travel to Worcester and Altrincham respectively in games that neither team can afford to lose, especially if they want to keep pace with the leading five.
A win for County, however, could see them move into third position (albeit they’d have to beat Stalybridge at Edgeley Park on Saturday by at least 15 goals), and with other promotion chasing teams playing each other, a win for County is a must.
However with Bridge currently 11 points from safety at the moment, they will also view Saturday’s game as an incredibly important one, a win or draw for Celtic would see them unbeaten in four and would really give their side belief that they can beat the drop.
Elsewhere in the relegation zone, Bradford Park Avenue face Curzon Ashton and will aim to move to within a point of 19th placed Alfreton, whereas bottom club Altrincham host Halifax as they look to move into double figures this season and secure just their second win of the entire league campaign.
In mid-table, Gloucester City could move into ninth position as they go head-to-head with AFC Telford at the New Bucks Head Stadium, The Tigers will be looking to build on their impressive win against Tamworth as they continue their surge for the play-offs.
In the final two games of the weekend, Gainsborough Trinity face Alfeton Town in a game which will see connotations at the bottom of the table, whilst 10th placed Harrogate Town take on Boston at York Street.