Next weekend’s opponents, Lancaster City are currently joint top of the form table with fellow Lancashire outfit, Bamber Bridge. Both sides with five wins from the last six games. Second in the league table, and third in the form charts, Warrington Town have won four and drawn two of their last six, whereas the Holy Blues have lost at home to Nantwich, and drew away at Atherton Collieries to earn thirteen points from six, nestling into the final play-off position.
Saturday’s visitors, Warrington Town still have the luxury of the game in hand over Neal Bishop’s Gainsborough Trinity, but that only adds to the importance of the fixture. And Bish’s boys in blue will be determined to put on a show for the Trinity faithful. Hopeful of securing a 1,000+ gate, the league’s leading goal-scorers, headed up by league sharp-shooter Clayton Donaldson and Yellows’ slayer from the reverse fixture, Liam Waldock, the Holy Blues in association with Alfie's Sustainable Coffee and Blyton Ice Cream are offering free entry to all Under 16s. Thanks to the fabulous offer of two local businesses, the Board of Directors are able to encourage the next generation of supporters, so spread the word, bring a mate, and help to grow the gate!
Since Trinity's two nil away win on October 11th, Warrington have only tasted defeat on two further occasions away at Whitby and at home to Marske, back in November. Draws appear to be what has kept Mark Beesley's men from being closer to South Shields than they are. Though perhaps not turning as many draws into wins as they would have liked, the Yellows have an uncanny knack of picking up results. The Blues will have to be on form to pick up a positive result, but with the backing of the town, and on a more favourable playing surface (thanks to Woody, Harry and the ever willing band of volunteers) confidence is high in the camp!
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Tyrell Sellars-Fleming is our cover star for this weekend’s Matchday Programme, produced in association with our friends at Matchday Creative. BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Dale Storey has his regular look at the Lincolnshire scene as he reflects on his recent visits to the Northolme, and continues the debate on unbeaten runs as opposed to wins and defeats. Our regular First and Last spotlights on Notts County loan man, Luther Munakandafa, while this weekend's Snap Shots were kindly provided by NPL Photographer, Darren Murphy. Phil Anderson focusses on Luke Waterfall for letter W of his Trinity A-Z, as Steve Andrews dives under the bed to find programmes from this weekend in years gone by.
All the stats, facts and figures are up to date, and there's plenty to read about our opponents, as well as the Non-League Paper's article concerning the new proposed contracts for non-league footballers. Available on the turnstiles, priced at £2.50. Grab them before they're gone!
There are plenty of mouth-watering battles on the fixture schedule this weekend. On top of our game against second placed Warrington, third placed Bamber Bridge welcome champions elect, South Shields to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium. Radcliffe and Hyde United have home games against Stafford Rangers and Whitby Town respectively. The fixture list in full is detailed below:
Ashton United vs Guiseley
Bamber Bridge vs South Shields
Belper Town vs Atherton Collieries
Hyde United vs Whitby Town
Liversedge vs Matlock Town
Marine vs Nantwich
Marske vs Stalybridge Celtic
Morpeth vs FC United of Manchester
Radcliffe vs Stafford Rangers
Warrington Rylands vs Lancaster City
Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)
Photos: Kate Simmonds and Russell Dickens