What’s In Store In The National League North On Saturday?

By Sam Elliott

There’s just four Saturdays left to go - will we be any closer to finding out how things will play out this weekend?

It’s still cigarette-paper stuff in the National League North title race and it’s still so difficult to pick a winner.

Just over ten years ago, Hereford and Stockport County both won promotion together into League One. As we know, a lot has changed since then.

But they cross swords on Saturday with County knowing that they really need to keep the winning momentum going. But Marc Richards’ Bulls are a lot better lately and have taken nine points from the last 12 and the all-ticket game will attract big numbers.

Chorley, though, hold a two point lead - even if they have played a game more.

They refuse to bow and let go of the leadership. Jamie Vermiglio’s braves will be looking to make AFC Telford team number eight from the last nine to leave Victory Park empty handed.

Manager of the Month Kevin Wilkin will want his Brackley team to keep Guiseley looking over their shoulders.

Nuneaton Borough will officially be relegated if the Lions pick up a point at St James Park - and will go down anyway if they don’t win at home to Chester,who themselves must win.

Time is fast running out for Ashton United and things will look bleak if they can’t win beat Spennymoor at Hurst Cross.

FC United are still six points shy of safety and their goal difference doesn’t make for good reading.

If they come back from Darlington with nothing to show for it their fans will be fearing an Evo-Stik League return.

Those sides currently not in the play-off pack that want to be know only wins will do.

Kiddermisnter’s promotion hopes died at home to Bradford (Park Avenue) last season and if they don’t manage to put Mark Bower’s boys away at Aggborough this weekend then it becomes very tricky - all the side above them have games in hand.

Boston United aren’t out of it yet but they really need a win at Blyth Spartans and favours elsewhere to keep their hopes alive.

Altrincham have more games to play than anyone but Phil Parkinson knows points on the board are what matters.

If the Robins can win at in-form Alfreton they will take a giant step towards another promotion place finish.

York City and Southport fans probably had higher hopes than their April meeting being a dead rubber but both sets of players will have points to prove ahead of next season.

Curzon Ashton and Leamington are both safe. They meet with the two teams looking to earn a top-half finish.

Saturday’s National League North fixtures:
Alfreton v Altrincham
Ashton United v Spennymoor
Blyth Spartans v Boston
Brackley v Guiseley
Chorley v AFC Telford
Curzon Ashton v Leamington
Darlington v FC United
Hereford v Stockport County
Kidderminster v Bradford PA
Nuneaton v Chester
York City v Southport

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