Kevin Wilkin takes his side to Salford City on Saturday for his team’s 10th National League North fixture of the season.
On Tuesday Saints drew with Tamworth having drawn away at Harrogate last Saturday. Salford meanwhile won at Harrogate and drew with Curzon Ashton. Pre-season midfield signing from Tranmere Rovers Lois Maynard scored in both games for City. Maynard was one of 12 new signings for the season for The Ammies.
Salford attracted a lot of publicity and interest with back-to-back promotions before losing out in last season’s play-offs and through the high profile part-ownership of the club by former Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs and co. The club is re-building its Moor Lane ground with three sides already complete, the fourth under construction and new floodlights in place. The team managed jointly by Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson turned full-time for this season.
City are currently third in the table that is topped by Kevin Wilkin’s side and are unbeaten since the opening day defeat by Darlington. Brackley remain the only side unbeaten so far as teams approach the quarter-way point in the league season.
Following the midweek draw against 6th placed Tamworth Kevin Wilkin looked ahead to Saturday’s game and was in no doubt as to the challenge ahead. “It will be a massively tough game,” he said. “We respect our opponents but we need not fear anybody. There is every reason to feel optimistic about our chances and it is a measure of where we are that we’re disappointed with tonight’s draw.”
Tuesday’s game was hard-fought with little between the teams. Tamworth brought a good save from Danny Lewis in the first half before Saints were unable to take a number of half chances in the second period to leave both sides with a point. This was Saints’ third draw in four games having won the first five games straight off.
Saints travel to Alfreton on Tuesday before attention turns to the FA Cup with a trip to Kingstonian.
If you cannot get to Saturday’s game then follow the action on the club website and through reports throughout the afternoon on BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio Northampton.