Neal Bishop’s side are keen to finish the away campaign on a high, by recording the best away record in the division, currently sitting top of the away form table, with an identical win, lose and draw record as Champions, South Shields, but with a 1.9 goal per game average, as opposed to the Mariners 1.4 goals per game. To date, the Holy Blues have conceded just under a goal per game, giving a plus nineteen goal difference, compared to the league leaders’ positive twelve goal difference. The difference from last season’s away record, to this, is quite simply put, chalk and cheese!
Can the Blues end the seasons’ regulation away day adventures on a high? Looking to travel in numbers, Bish and Stampy’s Blue and Grey Army are being mobilised, for the final Saturday Away Day of the campaign. A special thanks to Lorraine Hart for organising the second supporter’s coach for the trip to Radcliffe. It is greatly appreciated by all those taking advantage of the offer, and by the players and management too! Radcliffe, averaging 650 at home, the additional travelling support will be a welcome boost for the players. So even if you haven’t booked a seat on the coach, if you can make the journey, your support really will make a difference!
Placed one position, and three points below the Holy Blues, occupying the final play off spot, our opponents on Saturday are going through a difficult spell at the moment. Only picking up two victories in their last nine games. Included in that indifferent form, was defeat last time out, falling to a 0-3 reversal at home to Warrington Rylands on Tuesday evening. That game, originally scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday, failed a 2pm pitch inspection, that saw the game pushed back 24 hours.
Wins for Radcliffe, against Hyde and Marske United in mid-March have been surrounded by six blanks in that same time frame, quite the surprise with the attacking options that Radcliffe boss Bobby Grant has at his disposal. Our hosts are set to be without centre back Olly Thornley who was sent off for two yellow cards, in their one all draw against Liversedge, on Easter Saturday. He adds to attacker, Jude Oyibo's absence, who also saw red in their defeat to Warrington Town.
Boss Bishop has a selection headache for Saturday’s game. After ringing the changes for the victory over Liversedge, he was impressed with every member of his side, in how they staked a claim for a starting place. Despite making numerous changes, on top of teenage forward, Tyrell Sellars-Fleming, netting his first in Gainsborough colours, Clayton Donaldson also ended his eight game goal drought, and Liam Waldock netted twice after a similar spell without finding the target, his last goal, prior to Bank Holiday Monday, the only goal of the game in the win over Guiseley. Decisions, decisions, but ultimately a great place to be, with two to play!
Adult tickets are priced at £10, with Concessions set at £7 include over 65’s, students with ID, and disabled with a carer. Under 16's are free with no option to purchase these in advance. Tickets can be purchased online, saving queues at the turnstiles. Head across to the Neuven Stadium, entering M26 3PE into your satellite navigation system, and that should enable you to land your bus, plane or automobile. So, let’s see you there, loud, proud and positive. Together, stronger!
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Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)