In the absence of Premier League and Championship fixtures, we are looking to attract as many new supporters to sample the delights of non-league football. And as such have listened to our supporters and put in place some fantastic pricing for the duration of England’s World Cup campaign. For as long as the Three Lions are in the tournament, adults can take advantage of a discounted admission price (£10, down from £12) concessions (£5 down from £8) and Kids for a Quid (down from £4). Together, through word of mouth, we can spread the news of this deal and get a bumper crowd through the gate, roaring on Neal Bishop, Darryn Stamp and their side.
Five points and four places separate the two sides ahead of Saturday’s fixture, with the visitors having a game in hand up their sleeves, as this league table still remains too tight to call. Last time out in the league, while Trinity were winning away at FC United, Radcliffe were being edged out at home to Nantwich Town. The Dabbers stealing all three points with a stoppage time winner from centre back Troy Bourne. Away from home, Radcliffe have won three times in the league, against FC United, Marine and Bamber Bridge, defeats by the odd goal came against Stafford Rangers and Warrington Town (1-0). Four draws complete Radcliffe’s away league record, with a total of thirteen points from nine games, as opposed to Trinity’s eleven points from the same number of games, at home. All adding to what could be a tight affair.
At the Dave Longstaff Martin and Co Arena, a Lewis Butroid strike in the first half, put the Holy Blues on their way, but an 89th minute free-kick from Radcliffe boss, Bobby Grant saw the points shared. At Neuven Stadium, Gainsborough fell to a disappointing defeat, courtesy of a Luca Navarro double. In 2020/21, Andy Owens scored either side of Simon Ainge’s 41st minute strike to again give all three points to the ‘Boro.
The Trinity faithful will be hopeful of a result more akin to the class of 2019/20 though, when the Holy Blues did the double over the side from Greater Manchester. A 2-0 win away at Radcliffe, thanks to a Gregg Smith double, was followed up by a 4-1 win in March, with two more for Gregg Smith, and one each for Simon Russell and Jordan Adebayo-Smith.
Inside this week's Matchday Programme, adorned by goalkeeper Matt Yates, recently captured by Club Photographer Russell Dickens and brought to you in association with Matchday Creative, there's plenty of reading material for your pre-game browse! You can read the thoughts of the boss, Neal Bishop and skipper Andrew Wright shares his message with supporters! Keep right up to date with all the related Trinity facts and figures.
You can find out all about Curtis Durose's firsts and lasts, as he takes part in the regular programme feature. Our regular contributors Steve Andrews and Pip Anderson take us back in time to recall times of years gone by and famous stories linked to the glorious history of the Holy Blues. BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Dale Storey recalls podcasting in a car after a disappointing FA Trophy replay defeat at the hands of Tamworth. Plus all the regular information about our visitors, Radcliffe. Available on the turnstiles, priced at £2.50. Get yours before they are gone!
There is a full schedule of Pitching In Northern Premier League football on Saturday, with plenty of interest and intrigue across the fixtures, but as well as our game, Hyde United in 3rd travel to Marine in 4th, separated by three points, having played the same number of games. And South Shields travel to Warrington Town, just outside the play-off places ahead of the weekend’s games.
Bamber Bridge vs Matlock Town
Lancaster City vs Ashton United
Liversedge vs Guiseley
Marine vs Hyde
Morpeth Town vs Belper Town
Nantwich Town vs Marske United
Stafford Rangers vs FC United of Manchester
Stalybridge Celtic vs Warrington Rylands
Warrington Town vs South Shields
Whitby Town vs Atherton Collieries
Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)