Tamworth, Hednesford and Stafford Rangers facing tough tests

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Staffordshire’s non league sides are facing a busy Christmas period with some crucial matches coming up – starting tomorrow (December 21).

In the Skrill Premier, Tamworth return to league action with a trip to Aldershot Town.

The Lambs, facing their first league match in almost a month, will be hoping to build on the impressive cup form.

Although only one point separates the sides going into the match, The Shots lie in a false position in the league after a 10-point deduction at the start of the campaign.

Lee Hildreth returns to the Tamworth squad after suspension but club captain Duane Courtney is still out with the broken rib he picked up in the FA Cup clash against Bristol City.

Hednesford Town travel to Vauxhall Motors in the Skrill North, knowing a victory could see them hit the top of the table if other results go their way.

They currently sit just one point off the top, with a game in hand on the leaders, and will be keen to keep up the heat going into the chilliest part of the year.

The Pitmen comfortably won the fixture 2-0 earlier in the season at Keys Park and will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around.

In the Evo-Stick Northern Premier, Stafford Rangers welcome Whitby Town to Marston Road as their battle for survival continues.

Having only won three times all season, Rangers will be desperate to use the build-up of fixtures over the Christmas period to edge themselves closer to survival, currently sitting 11 points from safety.

New signing Andrew Griffiths will be available to make his debut after signing from Clitheroe on Sunday.

Elsewhere in the division, Nantwich Town travel to Lincolnshire to take on Grantham Town.

Manager Danny Johnson has targeted the festive period as an opportunity to mount a challenge on the play-off places.

Sitting only eight points off the top five, he believes that if the Dabbers can get on a roll during the fixture pile-up they will find themselves well in the hunt for promotion come January.

Sam Wilson and Max Harrop look set to return for the Dabbers, whilst midfielder Ross Davidson has left the club this week.

Leek Town will be looking be looking to consolidate their place at the top of the Evo-Stick First Division South as they travel to struggling Bedworth United.

After being knocked out of the FA Trophy last weekend they will be hoping to return to winning ways and continue their impressive league form.

Manager Lee Casswell will have a full strength squad to choose from as three of his players return.

Defender Andy Bratt comes back from suspension, whilst midfielders Jon Sheldon and Glyn Cotton return after being cup-tied for the game against Hungerford.

Also in the Evo-Stick First Division South, Kidsgrove Athletic will be going in search of an equally crucial victory, but for very different reasons.

They currently sit third from bottom and desperately lacking in firepower having scored the fewest goals of any side in the league so far this season.

They make the trip to Carlton Town eager to bring some points back to Seddon Stadium and begin to make a move up the table.

All fixtures to be played Saturday December 21.

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