AS we enter March the non-league football season has just two months left to run, Jordan Davies runs us through this weekend’s fixtures…

National League

Moss Lane hosts two of our local sides as ALTRINCHAM and MACCLESFIELD TOWN, who have been slugging it out against each other since 1911 when they tussled for the Manchester League title, face each other. Since then Cheshire League, Northern Premier League and Conference matches have come and gone before Macc entered the Football League. Now back in the fifth tier the Silkmen are looking to do the double over their old adversaries after a 3-0 win in November.

National League North

Jim Gannon’s STOCKPORT COUNTY are resurgent. Wins at Brackley Town and at home to Gainsborough and Hednesford Town have put smiles back on faces in SK3. Gannon will be looking to make it four from four as he takes his troops to Tamworth. It won’t be straightforward for County though as the Lambs are on the fringes of the play-off places and have also won their last three.

Going into stoppage time of last week’s game against North Ferriby United, FC UNITED OF MANCHESTER were looking down the barrel of a fifth straight game without a win and being only three points clear of the relegation zone. Up stepped Craig Lindfield to slot home and suddenly the situation doesn’t seem so bad. The Rebels will look to build on that momentum at Aggborough against Worcester City tomorrow.

For the second weekend running, CURZON ASHTON will take on Bradford Park Avenue and hope to complete a league double over the west Yorkshire side after coming from behind to win 2-1 at the Tameside Stadium. Despite a 3-1 home defeat by leaders Solihull Moors on Monday night, the Nash will fancy their chances with Avenue having lost their last three league games.

Evo-Stik Premier Division

Two more of our sides come up against each other at Moor Lane when ASHTON UNITED travel to SALFORD CITY. With the Ammies just inside and the Robins just outside of the play-off places this is the proverbial six-pointer as both teams look to mount a serious promotion push. Ashton have won their last two whilst Salford were defeated by the odd goal in five on Tuesday at Darlington.

After a run of eight defeats in nine matches HYDE UNITED might just have turned the corner with two wins in their last three. However both of Hyde’s much-needed successes have come at Ewen Fields. The wait for Gary Lowe’s men to net a victory on the road stretches back to October 20. They’ll look to put that right when they head south to a Rushall Olympic side who still harbour play-off ambitions.

Evo-Stik First Division North

TRAFFORD look a sure-fire bet to win this weekend. The reason? They take on a New Mills side who have just one point to their name all season long and have a goal difference of minus 88. Tom Baker’s side are currently eleventh but could rise as high as seventh if they do as expected and take the three points this weekend.

RADCLIFFE BOROUGH secured a massive and unexpected three points on Tuesday night away at sixth-placed Ossett Albion to step seven points above the relegation trap-door. Saturday’s opponents are Witton Albion. Carl McCauley’s side are free from danger and without a real chance of making the top five so maybe they’re the perfect opposition for the Boro to seal another win.

And finally, Dave Pace’s DROYLSDEN side make the journey to Farsley Celtic. It was not that long ago that Celtic won ten straight league matches but just one win in February has stalled progress slightly in West Yorkshire. The Bloods however have lost five on the bounce conceding 26 in the process.

By Jordan Davies

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