Clubs gear up for more midweek action in National League North

The relentless schedule in the first half of the season continues for Kettering Town, Brackley Town and Banbury United, with all three clubs needing points for different reasons.

Brackley’s superb form since the arrival of Roger Johnson as manager continued at the weekend as they rode to a 3-0 win over Kettering at St James Park – a result which propelled them top of the rank.

They will be looking to maintain their hold on top spot as they bid for six straight wins when they make the long journey to seventh-placed Southport tonight.

Action from Brackley Town’s 3-0 win over Kettering Town at the weekend. Photo by Peter Short

That loss in the all-Northamptonshire clash on Saturday ensured the Poppies are still winless on the road in the league this season.

But their form at Latimer Park has been respectable and they will call on that again tonight when they entertain Hereford.

Kettering dropped back to the bottom four at the weekend while Hereford, who are 14th in the table, return to the league after being beaten 3-1 by League One side Portsmouth in front of TV cameras in the first round proper of the Emirates. FA Cup last Friday night.

Banbury, meanwhile, is hoping they can finally put an end to a bad run at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium.

After getting off to a strong start in Stage 2, the Puritans have now lost five of their last six games in all competitions, their latest setback being a 3-1 loss to Farsley Celtic on Saturday.

Andy Whing’s side face a tough test tonight, however, as they take on Chester who are unbeaten in their last five matches and have thus climbed to fifth place.

Kick-off for all matches at 7:45 p.m.

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