After snowfall last weekend meant that not a single non-league club in Staffordshire saw their match go ahead, an upturn in the forecast should bring better conditions this weekend.
Nantwich Town’s play-off hopes are all but over after a 2-0 defeat at home to Matlock last Tuesday left them 11 points outside of the top five. The Dabbers have also played a game more than 5th placed Ashton United. They travel to Buxton tomorrow, and face a gruelling schedule of seven matches in the months of both March and April.
Elsewhere in non-league, Hanley Town travel to Manchester to face Maine Road in the North-West Counties Premier Division. They still maintain an outside chance of promotion, after their chances took a large hit with five defeats from five in December. They’ve recovered well though to win their last two against Padiham and Winsford and they are 14 points off a promotion place, but have five matches in hand on second placed Widnes.
In the First Division, Abbey Hulton United host Nelson at Birches Head Road, and will feel fairly comfortable of avoiding the drop as they sit 13 points ahead of Daisy Hill.
Alsager welcome top of the league Silsden, as they look to move back into the play-off positions. The Bullets are the side with the most realistic promotion hopes, as they sit seventh in the league, but have three games in hand on Sandbach United above them.
In other Level 10 news, Eccleshall have announced that Craig Bould and Liam Kelly will take interim charge of the side for tomorrow’s visit to AFC Blackpool, after their entire management team of Dave Dale, Nick Farrington and Richard Farrington all departed for local rivals Newcastle Town.
Finally, the Evo-Stik League have announced that from the 2018/2019 season their First Divisions will be allocated on an East to West geographical split, rather than the North to South that has been used in recent years. It’s a move that should mean less distance to travel for Leek Town, Kidsgrove Athletic and Newcastle Town, who play in the current Southern tier.