WITH FA Cup and league action aplenty, two of our sides are one step away from the third round and two others face off in search of a much-needed win. Jordan Davies marks your card on who all of our Football LIVE teams are playing this weekend.
Emirates FA Cup Second Round:
Our non-league sides still in this year’s Emirates FA Cup find themselves one round away from a potential meeting with a Premier League side but both have tricky assignments against Football League opponents.
SALFORD CITY open the cup weekend on Friday night with another televised tie, this time against League Two’s Hartlepool United (KO 1955 GMT). The Ammies, already with their best performance in the world’s oldest cup competition, have seen off five sides so far including 1894 winners Notts County in round one.
Conquerors of Barnsley and Chester, ALTRINCHAM will be looking to cause another FA Cup shock when they make the long-trip south to take on League One’s Colchester United on Sunday (KO 1400 GMT). Lee Sinnott’s men are the non-league club that have taken more Football League scalps than any other and will fancy their chances against an Essex side that have lost their last four matches.
Vanarama National League:
MACCLESFIELD TOWN will be looking to extend their winning streak to five games as they make the relatively short trip to Southport on Saturday (KO 15:00 GMT). The Silkmen have November’s player of the month Kristian Dennis in their ranks. The on-loan frontman has scored seven goals in Macc’s last five games and will be looking to extend that streak at Haig Avenue, which has been something of a bogey ground for Macc in recent years.
Vanarama National League North:
One of the most mouth-watering games of the day sees two of our sides pitted against each other at Edgeley Park on Saturday. STOCKPORT COUNTY and FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER are both in terrible form – six and seven games without a win respectively, were both knocked out of the FA Trophy on home turf last week and are both in dire need of three points. This is the first meeting between the sides at SK3 and a 4,000+ attendance is expected (KO 15:00 GMT).
STALYBRIDGE CELTIC will look to put the disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Trophy by Northern Premier League side Sutton Coldfield Town last weekend behind them as they travel to Bradford Park Avenue. BPA had their trophy match at Buxton abandoned last week before the rearranged tie on Tuesday was postponed so they’ll probably just settle for 90 minutes worth of football on Saturday (KO 15:00 GMT).
CURZON ASHTON take on the division’s basement boys AFC Telford United at the Tameside Stadium on Saturday (KO 15:00 GMT). The Nash have only lost one of their last seven home encounters whilst the Bucks have won just once on their travels in the league so John Flanagan’s men will be hoping to record a three-point haul in front of their own supporters this weekend.
Evo-Stik Premier Division:
ASHTON UNITED saw off National League North outfit Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday night in the FA Trophy and will be looking to take that confidence into Saturday’s game with Sutton Coldfield Town (KO 15:00 GMT). The Robins are undefeated in 11 matches and being just two points behind Workington in fifth, could move into the play-off places with a victory.
Casting aside the away-day blues will be the aim for HYDE UNITED when they travel to Halesowen Town on Saturday (KO 15:00 GMT). Gary Lowe’s men have lost their last three on the road but are still just four points off the play-off spots ahead of the weekends clash as the Tigers seek an immediate return to the sixth tier of English football.
Evo-Stik First Division North:
Both positioned precariously over the relegation zone Ossett Town and DROYLSDEN will be looking for three points to ease any relegation fears at the 4G Voice and Data Stadium on Saturday (KO 15:00 GMT). Ossett are eight without a win which should fill the Bloods with hope as they themselves have only won one of their last six. Interestingly both teams have scored in all of Droylsden’s last 12 league games.
Play-off chasing MOSSLEY and Brighouse Town will clash at Steel Park on Saturday (KO 15:00 GMT). Sitting just three and five points respectively outside the top five the victor, should there be one, will take a big step closer to the end of season shoot-out. The hosts are in bad form though, three defeats in their last four is something the Lilywhites will be looking to change.
Two more sides with play-off aspirations are TRAFFORD and Ossett Albion and again it will be a chance for one of these sides to prove their credentials when they meet at Shawe View on Saturday (kick off 15-00). Tom Baker’s men will be out to prove last week’s drab 2-0 loss to Farsley Celtic was nothing more than a blip.
Finally RADCLIFFE BOROUGH, just a place and two points above the relegation zone will be hoping to net a fifth win of the season against 16th placed Farsley Celtic. Just one point gained from the last 15 available doesn’t make good reading for the Boro but they’ll probably be up for this one considering Celtic have won just once on their travels all campaign.
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