National League North leaders Salford City are next up at St James Park on Saturday 27 January.

Salford lost out in the play-offs last season, became full-time and have led the table for much of the season. Only Brackley have lost fewer times in the league and only Brackley and Chorley have a better defensive record but it is The Ammies’ 19 wins that see them eight points ahead of second-placed Harrogate Town.

Brackley and Salford met at The Peninsula Stadium in September, the home side coming out on top, before they met again in November in the FA Trophy at SJP, this time Saints winning 4-0 with Aaron Williams (3) and Glenn Walker on the score-sheet.

Salford suffered a dip in results over the festive spell but have recovered to win their last three games. Saints are unbeaten in seven but will be looking to get back to winning ways after drawing recent games, as at Tamworth last Saturday.  Given both sides’ strong defensive records it is surprising to note that in each team’s last seven fixtures each has kept just one clean-sheet.

Salford have added midfielder Nick Haughton to their squad. Haughton joins City from Fleetwood Town for a third time and has had a loan spell this season at Chorley. He went straight into the team last Saturday when City beat Harrogate.

Adam Walker made his second appearance from the bench at Tamworth as his return to full fitness continues. Theo Streete was again among the substitutes.

If you cannot get to Saturday’s game follow the action via Twitter on the club website, on BBC Radio Oxford and with live commentary on LiveSportsFM from 2.30pm (