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

By Sam Elliott

The Vanarama National League North returns on Saturday - and so do Chester to the Swansway Stadium.

After storm damage gutted their ground, they have been unable to play a home fixture since the opening day of the season.

But after a safety certificate was granted on Thursday, Chester will host Bradford (Park Avenue) and they hope to make up for lost time.

Leaders Chorley are wanting to build on their four point advantage.

But a trip to Ashton United will be a test of character for the Magpies, who dropped their first points of the season last time out despite a great fightback.

AFC Telford United are second “on merit” according to manager Gavin Cowan.

A trip toDarlington, who have yet to really get going will prove if the Bucks have early season staying power.

Hereford and Brackley meet at St James Park with both sides hovering just outside the play-off places.

Despite mass changes in the summer, Alfreton are playing like they have been together for years.

A home win against Guiseley can continue an encouraging start for Billy Heath.

One side expected more of is Southport. Liam Watson would have wanted more points of the board for sure and they go to managerless FC United of Manchester looking to kick-start their season.

Altrincham’s performances have been inconsistent according to Phil Parkinson. The Alty boss knows the strength three home points over Curzon Ashton will bring in a local encounter.

Kidderminster Harriers are getting on nicely under the charge of Neil MacFarlane.

They are unbeaten and a home win over Blyth Spartans will only add to the feeling at Aggborough that a title challenge is possible this time around.

Surprise fast starters Leamington face Spennymoor, while Stockport County go for back-to-back wins at home to a Boston United side who have gone off the boil in recent weeks.

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

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