This weekend sees local sides Stafford Rangers, Tamworth FC, Nantwich Town and Hednesford Town all back in league action after last week’s FA Trophy matches. With the international break in full swing, it’s all about the lower divisions this weekend. Here is everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s Non-League clashes.
Lancaster City vs Stafford Rangers
Northern Premier League side Stafford Rangers are looking to bounce back from their 4-0 FA Trophy exit to Basford United when they go on the road to face Lancaster City on Saturday.
Rangers have won just once in their last five league matches and currently sit 15th in the table with just 18 points from 16 matches. After a few good results in cup competitions, Stafford manager Steve Burr will be hoping a win for his side this weekend will help kick-start a good run of form in the league.
Their opponents on Saturday are going through a nice patch of form themselves at the moment with the Lancashire side having won four of their last six league matches including impressive wins over Hyde United and seventh placed Stalybridge Celtic.
A win for both Rangers and Lancaster City could take them six points clear of the relegation zone which will be crucial especially with the busy Christmas period fast approaching.
Tamworth vs Biggleswade Town
In the Vanarama Conference North, Tamworth will host high flyers Biggleswade Town on Saturday as the Staffordshire side look for their first win in three matches.
Tamworth currently sit 14th in the table having won just three games all season. They are just four points clear of the relegation zone and with pressure mounting on manager Dennis Greene, he believes Tamworth will need to improve in the final third if they are to progress up the league.
Greene said: “The game with Halesowen on Tuesday night was similar to the second half in the FA Trophy.
“We had a lot of possession, a lot of creativity and then when we got to the final third, in the box, we were left wanting. We never found the final ball or got the shot off when we needed to.
“When we did, we never hit the target so it was really poor composure in the final third. I am happy with the progress we are making in certain areas.
“We are keeping clean sheets, we look like we are becoming a bit more creative and the lads are working harder.”
Bamber Bridge vs Nantwich Town
Promotion chasers Nantwich Town are also traveling to Lancashire this weekend when they prepare to face Bamber Bridge in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League on Saturday.
The visitors have been on a good run of form in recent weeks with five wins in their last seven league games leading some to suggest they are one of the favourites for promotion.
The Staffordshire side currently sit second in the league table, just two points off the top and a win on Saturday could see the Dabbers overtake Scarborough Athletic for the first time this season.
Bamber Bridge will be hoping their fortunes will change after appointing new manager Mick Taylor following the departure of Neil Reynolds. The home side have not won a league match since the 9th October so expect Nantwich to take all three points in Saturday’s clash.
Hyde United vs Hednesford Town
Hednesford Town are also away this weekend as they travel to Greater Manchester to face Hyde United. The local side are coming off the back of a 1-0 victory against Warrington Town last weekend following a poor run of form in which they hadn’t won in six matches.
Both sides sit mid table following mixed results since the start of the season. Hednesford are 11th whilst Hyde United are 13th with just four points separating the two teams.
Hyde are without a win in their last three matches in all competitions. This includes a 2-1 loss to Lancaster City, a 0-0 draw with Marine and a 2-1 defeat in the FA Trophy to South Shields.