PREVIEW: Hatters host Salford in crucial promotion fixture

League leaders Salford City are the visitors at Edgeley Park this weekend, as the Hatters aim to continue their promotion push and extend the Ammies winless streak to four matches.

A win for County could see them move into 5th spot, whilst a victory for City may push them seven points clear at the top of the Vanarama National League North.

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Opponents: 

Salford City, nicknamed ‘The Ammies’ and Founded in 1940, have risen from relative non-league obscurity to national fame thanks to the involvement of the ‘class of 92’ consortium, that purchased the club in 2014.

Since that point, they have achieved promotion to the National League North and narrowly missed out on promotion last season with a fourth place finish. This year, however, the club have not messed around. Having gone full-time in the summer, the Greater Manchester side are four points clear at the top of the table and look good for automatic promotion to the country’s fifth tier.

In recent times, however, their promotion push has hit a wobble and the Ammies are without a victory in three matches. They will be hoping that when they visit Edgeley Park this weekend they will secure a victory at the third attempt, having lost the previous two last season.

Team News: 

Rhys Turner will hope to make his second County debut this weekend, having joined on loan from Morecambe until the end of the season. The former fans favourite spent six months with the club before securing a move to League 1 Oldham Athletic back in 2014.

Turner will likely take the place of Kallum Mantack, who last week returned to his parent club Oldham after sustaining a serious injury on boxing day at Edgeley Park.

Michael Clarke will hope to push for a starting place in the team, having come off the bench in the second half of the Alfreton clash last week, whilst match winner Chris Smalley will aim to continue his position in the heart of defence.

Venue:

Edgeley Park, Hardcastle Road, Stockport, SK3 9DD. 

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Follow: 

Admission for the game will cost supporters £15/£10/£5 with pay-on-the-gate available for home and away fans.

The club have asked spectators to arrive early though, with a crowd close to 4,000 expected.

If you aren’t lucky enough to attend the game, Imagine FM will have commentary of the game on 104.9FM and we’ll be keeping you updated on our Facebook and Twitter social media accounts.

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