Third play fourth in the BetVictor Northern Premier League this weekend as Basford United travel to Warrington Town with Steve Chettle’s men knowing a win would take them into the top two with leaders South Shields in FA Trophy action.
United beat Ashton United last time out whilst Warrington got an impressive point away at South Shields and with just two points separating the two sides a win would potentially give Basford some breathing space especially as second placed Lancaster host fifth placed Stalybridge in a match that will certainly take points off at least one of those sides.
Manager Steve Chettle ahead of the game stated “we’ll go there with an idea of how to try and win the game, we’ll need to go there and be really good as they’re in a good vein of form with all the teams at the top nip and tuck, it’s really tight and we need to get points away from home”
The South East Division of the Northern Premier League is just as tight with Carlton Town who have lead the league for much of the campaign now down in sixth place but five points from top having lost heavily to Leek last time out with a chance to put things right at the first attempt as they travel to Derbyshire as they face Belper.
Carlton are looking to bounce back and preserve their unbeaten away record this season against a team just one position below them and only two points worse off with two games in hand.
Sitting comfortably in mid-table are Worksop Town who make the short trip to Dronfield as they face Sheffield FC who are going well in eighth.
Worksop celebrated a penalty shoot out win midweek as they beat Grantham Town in the Integro League Cup Second Round with the Tigers Manager Kyle Jordan stating “I was absolutely over the moon with the result” with Goalkeeper David Reay in fine form saving two penalties and keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw Jordan said “I was more than pleased that Dave saved two penalties, because he really needed that after the weekend. I thought his overall performance tonight was brilliant, probably my man of the match.”
In the Midland Football League Newark Flowserve are at Heather St Johns this weekend with the fifth placed Highwaymen still only two points from top of the table Coventry United with a couple of games in hand.
At the other end Selston will just be looking to get a game played as they visit Romulus who thankfully play on an artificial surface which should mean the game gets the go ahead regardless of weather. Selston are at the foot of the table having had a catalogue of games called off recently both home and away with three games in hand on Gresley a position above them and five in hand on Lye Town who lie in 18th with just five points more.
In the Northern Counties East League this weekend AFC Mansfield will be looking for their first league win since August as they host Garfroth Town.
In the NCEL First Division Retford host Winterton whilst Ollerton travel to Harrogate Railway Athletic.
*Main image @Basfordutdfc Nathan Watson has nine goals this season for United in all competitions.