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Staffordshire non-league sides are facing away trips this weekend as they kick-off a busy festive period.
Stafford Rangers make the journey to 20th placed Buxton and will be hopeful of taking all the points from the relegation candidates.
The Evo-Stik League takes centre stage this weekend as League One and Two take a break because of the FA Cup.
Stafford Rangers host Kendal Town and will be keen to take the three points ahead of a typically tough Christmas period.
Port Vale loan signings Shane O’Connor and Guy Madjo say the chance of first team football lured them to Vale Park.
Both players joined the Valiants on loan deadline day last week with O’Connor joining from Ipswich Town and Madjo coming from League One side Stevenage.
Port Vale assistant manager Mark Grew said how the news of Gary Speed’s death has hit players and staff at the club hard.
Boss Micky Adams played alongside Speed at Leeds United while Vale’s Youth coach Robert Page was an international teammate of the late Welsh manager.
Cannock host Hampstead and Westminster, looking to put their title challenge back on track.
League defeats to Loughborough Students and Surbiton have seen the Staffordshire side slip to third and lose ground on leaders East Grinstead.
Lower league teams will be hoping their new loan signings will make a big impact this weekend.
Port Vale have a host of new loans hoping to be in action, including Guy Madjo, Jennison Myrie Williams and Shane O’Connor.
Cannock lost further ground on leaders East Grinstead as they were defeated 3-1 by Surbiton at Chase Park.
Goals from Chris Borrett, Tim Pinnock and Phil Messent gave Surbiton a three-goal lead before Ben Edge netted Cannock’s consolation with 11 minutes remaining.
League Two sides Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra will be looking to return to winning ways after poor runs of form in all competitions.
The Valiants have suffered consecutive league defeats and could only draw with conference side Grimsby Town in the first round of the FA Cup.
Cannock Hockey Club’s 1st XI suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat away to Loughborough Students in the English Premier Division.
Sam Ward’s brace and further goals from Owain Dolan Grey and England’s Richard Smith fired Loughborough to their third win of the season.
Port Vale captain Marc Richards believes everything is in place at the club for an eventual return to the Championship.
The striker added that promotion this season could be the catalyst for the Burslem club to climb through the divisions.