Hanley Town looking to build on positive start, as non-league clubs prepare for busy weekend

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It’s another busy weekend of non-league action for clubs across Staffordshire.

Hanley Town will want to continue their fantastic season at the top of the North West Counties Premier Division. They are currently two points outside the automatic promotion places, but have two games in hand over 2nd placed Runcorn Linnets and are only three points behind leaders Runcorn Town. They travel to in-form Widnes, knowing a win would go a long way in the push for higher level football at Abbey Lane next season.

Nantwich Town also have a home game against Coalville Town and the Dabbers head into the game on the back of good form. Despite suffering a league cup defeat to Witton Albion in midweek, Dave Cooke’s side have won their last three leagues games and have started to climb the table following their FA Cup exit at Stevenage.

Alsager Town look to continue their promotion push as they make the trip up the M6 to play AFC Blackpool. Town are currently fourth in the North-West Counties First Division and are five points ahead of fellow play-off side, and local rivals Sandbach. They are also only four points behind Litherland Remyca, who occupy the second automatic promotion place, but the side from Liverpool have a game in hand on the Bullets.

Sticking with the North West Counties First Division, Abbey Hulton United have endured a tough run of results in their debut season at this level. They are currently 14th in the league, but lie in 20th place in the form table, having lost five of their last six matches. A visit to 10th placed Stockport Town, who were boosted by an upset win in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Runcorn Linnets recently, is what awaits them this weekend.

In the Northern Premier League Division One South, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town and Newcastle Town are in action. Kidsgrove travel to Basford United, searching for their first league win since October 21st. Leek are also away to Peterborough Sports, while Newcastle Town host Stocksbridge Park Steels at the Lyme Valley Stadium.

Finally, Stafford Rangers will hope to bounce back after a run of four games without a win, when they host FA Trophy giant killers Marine at Marston Road. The Mariners beat higher ranked FC United of Manchester in the competition last weekend, so they’ll be full of confidence for this weekend’s trip south.

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