Before the turn of the year, Mickleover had won only twice on the road, including victories against Leek Town (in the Emirates FA Cup) and Atherton Collieries in the league. Since 2022 began they have picked up four wins and two draws on their travels. Only Morpeth have taken all three points off Mickleover this year, meaning that our home record will be given a thorough examination.
Shaw’s Gainsborough will be looking to maintain the home form that has been the bedrock of our season, with many of the side that tasted defeat on the opening Tuesday of the season no longer with the club. Coupled with improved recent performances, the belief has to be there within the squad to secure a three point maximum and in doing so, ensure that 19th place Witton Albion will be unable to catch us in the remaining games.
Voting forms are available for supporters to cast their votes for Supporters' Player of the Year and Supporters' Young Player of the Year. Voting forms can be collected and submitted at the food outlets (Club on the Park and The Blues Club snack bar inside the ground). We hope to unveil the winners after our final home game of the season, on Bank Holiday Monday, in The Blues Club. With a short video and celebration compered by Matt Hill, with the presentation of awards including: Manager's Player of the Year, Directors Player of the Year, Players' Player, Club Person of the Year and the coveted awards as chosen by you, the fans.
We hope to have a Goal of The Season compilation compiled early next week, with voting online across our social media platforms. If you would like to suggest any goals to make the shortlist over the weekend, please drop us a message through the usual channels.
Inside this week’s Matchday Programme, Tuesday night’s goal scorer, Joe Parkin is the Big Interview. Morgan Worsfold-Gregg answers the ten quick fire question, while there are lots of the regular features inside as we take a look back at different people in our history that had an impact, and some different programmes from years gone by. Priced at £2.50 and available to buy at the turnstiles.
The Blues Club is open from noon, showing all the live football throughout the afternoon and early evening. Both home and away supporters are welcome. The turnstiles open from 1.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12 adults, Concessions £8. In association with our fantastic home shirt sponsors, Rase Veterinary Centre, accompanied U16s can gain access to the game for free. Those unaccompanied pay £4. Let's get a great crowd in and give the players a monumental push towards safety!
This piece was written by Rob Hughes of (@AATM_Media)
Photographs by Kate Simmonds