What Lies Ahead For The National League North Title Chasers?

By Tom Scott

With only 38 days remaining of the season, the National League North title race couldn't be any finer poised.

With that in mind, we're taking a look at what lies ahead for the top three sides in the division as they bid for glory.

Chorley currently lead the way from the chasing pack by four points but how does the run-in look for them and their challengers?

Chorley

The Magpies will have to do it the hard way if they want to lift the silverware at the end of the season.

Jamie Vermiglio’s side face all but one of the current top seven sides including Spennymoor Town, Bradford (Park Avenue), Chester and AFC Telford United.

After kicking off their run-in against Leamington, the current leaders face an unenviable trip to Altrincham whilst also entertaining Stockport County on their home turf.

Chorley remaining fixtures:
March 23 – Leamington (H)
March 30 – Chester (A)
April 6 – AFC Telford United (H)
April 13 – Altrincham (A)
April 20 – Stockport County (H)
April 22 – Spennymoor Town (A)
April 27 – Bradford (Park Avenue) (H)

Stockport County

The Hatters have arguably the easier run in of the three sides vying for the title looking at the current league table.

Jim Gannon’s side face six sides in the bottom half of the table including Ashton United, Darlington, Hereford and Curzon Ashton before a trip to basement boys Nuneaton Borough on the final day.

It might not all be plain sailing, however. They face a tough away trip to Chester before they collide with fellow title rivals Chorley at Victory Park.

Stockport County remaining fixtures:
March 26 – Ashton United (H)
March 30 – Darlington (H)
April 6 – Hereford (A)
April 9 – Chester (A)
April 13 – Blyth Spartans (H)
April 20 – Chorley (A)
April 22 – Curzon Ashton (H)
April 27 – Nuneaton Borough (A)

Spennymoor Town

Spennymoor Town’s supporters may well have a huge job to boost their heroes to glory – the Moors play five of their final eight games at Brewery Field.

Jason Ainsley’s men face Alfreton Town, Hereford, Guiseley, Brackley Town and Chorley at home which could make all the difference.

Trips to York City and Curzon Ashton on the final day could prove tricky. But it could be Ashton United, fighting for their lives at the foot of the table, who could upset the odds on March 21.

Spennymoor Town remaining fixtures:
March 23 – Alfreton Town (H)
March 30 – Hereford (H)
April 2 – Guiseley (H)
April 6 – Ashton United (A)
April 13 – Brackley Town (H)
April 19 – York City (A)
April 22 – Chorley (H)
April 27 – Curzon Ashton (A)

Where next?

Still Knows Stones Must Be Ready For A Big Summer Rebuild He may not be quite ready to accept relegation, but John Still accepts his thoughts are already turning towards next season.
Hughes Borrows A Canary To Boost Dragons' Charge Wrexham have completed the loan signing of Anthony Spyrou to boost their title hopes.

Match centre

Vanarama National League North
Vanarama National League South

Latest photos