Premier Preview: Title-challengers host play-off chasers

By James Gordon

Warrington Town and South Shields will look to keep up the pressure on table-topping Farsley this weekend as they welcome play-off chasing Scarborough and Basford to Cantilever Park and Mariners Park.

The Seadogs beat the Yellows 1-0 earlier in the season thanks to a second-half goal from James Walshaw and it promises to be a tough game for a Warrington side who will likely need to win all four of their remaining games to have a chance at the title.

Shields meanwhile picked up their sixth straight win in midweek, away at Workington. However, a clash with Basford – who are on a three-game unbeaten run on the road – could prove to be a much sterner test.

If either slip up, Farsley can extend their lead at the top with just a few weeks of the season remaining. Having come from behind against Stafford in midweek, Celtic visit to a Grantham side with three wins in their last four at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium.

Having had midweek off, Gainsborough will look to kick on from their recent win over Hyde as they make the trip to Workington, who are eight points from safety with four games to play. Trinity can go within five points of Nantwich, who are without a game this week.

Elsewhere, Marine will look to end their four-match losing streak at the Marine Travel Arena as they welcome play-off-chasing Buxton, while Matlock can go within two points of Witton Albion if they can end their seven-game winless away run at Wincham Park.

In the race to survive a drop, Bamber Bridge know that they will need to pick up results as soon as possible in a bid to bridge the four-point gap to Mickleover. This week, Brig face a Hyde outfit with three wins in their last seven at home, while Sports will seek to overcome Lancaster, having halted their five-game losing streak at Station Road.

In the final games of the round, Whitby will aim to bounce back from Tuesday’s late defeat at Warrington as they host a Stafford side still looking over their shoulder at the drop-zone, whereas Stalybridge can ease any fears of the drop by securing an away victory at Hednesford.

Words by James Messenger

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