Kevin Wilkin takes his side north for a rare Thursday evening fixture. The re-arranged National League North match against Spennymoor Town has been re-scheduled from Moors’ Brewery Field ground on the instruction of the league to Harrogate Town’s CNG Stadium. Spennymoor have apologised to their supporters and are laying on a supporters’ coach for the 60 mile trip south.
On Saturday National League South Wealdstone are the visitors to St James Park for the first leg of the FA Trophy semi-final.
The busy run of games continues on Tuesday night with a National League North fixture at Gainsborough Trinity. Kevin Wilkin’s side will want to build on Saturday’s exhilarating win at Stockport County to keep the pressure on at the top of the table, especially as the next two Saturdays will be taken up by FA Trophy semi-finals. The displaced league fixtures against Chorley (at home) and Spennymoor (away) await re-scheduling. The re-arranged home games against Boston United and Bradford PA have been set for Tuesday 27 March and Tuesday 17 April.
After back-to-back FA Trophy ties against Stockport County it is once more National League North action on Saturday as Saints travel to take on …. Stockport County.
Brackley is apparently The Hatters’ most frequent opponent since the Greater Manchester team was relegated from the National League. There have been no fewer than eight encounters in the last two seasons alone with wins for both sides among the outcomes but with Brackley having the edge overall.
Games have invariably been keenly contested as was the case at Edgeley Park in the initial FA Trophy quarter-final tie and again on Tuesday night at SJP in the replay. Speaking after Tuesday’s match Kevin Wilkin acknowledged it was a close game: “We had to work hard without the ball. Stockport played well and had lots of the ball. Not a lot of teams have come to St James Park and done that.”
Both teams were unchanged on Tuesday night from the starting line-ups in the first tie that finished level. It is unusual for sides to meet three times in ten days. The sides certainly know each other well and both managers will no doubt be weighing up whether to make changes.
Stockport are 10th, just five points outside the play-off places, while Saints are third behind leaders Salford, who won in midweek with an added time second goal against Tamworth, and Harrogate. On Saturday Salford are at home against Blyth Spartans while Harrogate entertain FC United.
If you can’t get to the game then follow the action on BBC Radio Oxford with updates from 2.30pm and on the club website via the Twitter-feed.