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Preview: Vanarama National League North

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Match day nine takes place tonight with some interesting matches taking place writes Tom Feaheny.

Boston United take on North Ferriby United with these two sides have history of facing each other in important games, with their last matches being in the play-off semi-final during the 2015/16 season, there are just three points separating the teams,  with the Villagers currently bottom of the table with Boston in 17th.
Back to back wins for FC United of Manchester saw them climb out of the relegation places but a loss at the weekend saw them move back to 20th, they take on Blyth Spartans who nearly threw away a 3-0 lead but in the end won 3-2, that win means they are just outside the play-off places.
Gainsborough Trinity gained a credible away point at the weekend and moved to two unbeaten they take on Bradford Park Avenue who are unbeaten in their last four league matches with two wins and two draws currently sit in 11th place.
Kidderminster Harriers gained a home point last time around and they will be looking for more consistency, knowing they are just two points off the play-off places, they face Curzon Ashton who ended a run of three loses in a row after drawing at home to Salford City
Leamington got their second win of the season as they moved off bottom place thanks to their victory at FC United of Manchester they face John McDermott’s Alfreton Town team are 10th in the table, with their last fives games seeing them win twice, loss twice and gain a draw as well.
Stockport County drew at home at the weekend 0-0 they next take on third placed Southport got back to winning ways at the weekend with their new signings impressing with Alan Lewer’s side just three points off top place.
Nuneaton Town take on AFC Telford United with both sides failing to get a win at the weekend they sit in mid-table knowing just a few good results can see them go into the play-off places while some losses would move them towards the relegation zone.
Top of the table Harrogate Town face another promotion chasing side in Salford City at the CNG Stadium, first play forth in this game with Salford losing just once during the season and Simon Weaver’s Town so far unbeaten during their first eight games.
The other unbeaten side are led by August’s National League North manager of the month Kevin Wilkin in Brackley Town who sit joint-top of the table after their draw against Harrogate Town at the weekend, they host Tamworth who have risen up the table in recent games with Andy Morrell’s side losing just one of their last five games, they are now 6th.
Last season there were two divisions separating Spennymoor Town and York City, tonight whatever happens Town will still be ahead of the Minstermen who have lost their last two matches with Gary Mills calling on his side to pick up a victory and potentially get back in the play-off places, Spennymoor are currently fifth drawing their last three games.
It was a fine win for Chorley at the weekend with their manager Matt Jansen saying his side have found the formation and tactics that will suit them during the season, they have another tough match in Darlington who sit in 7th despite going five games without a win.
Tonight’s games:
Boston United vs North Ferriby United
Harrogate Town vs Salford City
Brackley Town vs Tamworth
Chorley vs Darlington
FC United of Manchester vs Blyth Spartans
Gainsborough Trinity vs Bradford Park Avenue
Kidderminster Harriers vs Curzon Ashton
Leamington vs Alfreton Town
Nuneaton Town vs AFC Telford United
Spennymoor Town vs York City
Stockport County vs Southport

About Author

I work as a freelance journalist for The Non-League Paper, Yorkshire Evening Post, Yorkshire Post, North-West Evening Mail and others, based in Yorkshire, I am always at a game on a Tuesday and Saturday when the season is on, I started following non-league at the age of 10 and have been hooked ever since.

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