Altrincham v Weymouth
It’s been a long time coming but Altrincham have found some much needed form as they look to avoid any minor concerns that relegation from the National League remains a possibility.
Phil Parkinson’s side started the season positively, winning six of their first nine matches and looking like they had learned lessons from their first season back in the top tier of non-league football. Then came a run of one victory in 18 in which they failed to keep a single clean sheet. They have since picked up eight points from five matches and kept three clean sheets. The additions of Harry Perritt, Jake Cooper and Eddy Jones on loan have had a positive impact, as has the addition of Isaac Marriott to the starting XI in front of the back four.
Weymouth’s small hopes of survival have been dealt a blow in recent games, losing away at Stockport County and at home to FC Halifax Town. While performances have generally improved since David Oldfield joined the club, goals have remained an issue – they have scored seven goals in ten matches and kept just one clean sheet. Getting on the right side of those tight margins has proven difficult and Oldfield is struggling to find the right balance – he has averaged 2.4 changes per game in the last five and all but one have been in midfield and attack.
Parkinson has admitted to flooding his new recruits with a lot of information and tweaking the style in a bid to get results, preferring a less attractive style. They have won their last two at home and won all four matches against sides in the relegation zone.
Solihull Moors v Notts County
Solihull Moors host Notts County on Tuesday in a game that could have ramifications for both sides in their bid for a top seven finish.
Former Notts County manager Neal Ardley admitted his side didn’t deal well with King’s Lynn Town’s game plan on Saturday and was grateful for the returning Callum Howe’s late equaliser to avoid a surprising home defeat. It’s unknown whether Howe will play able to play twice in three days but Lois Maynard, knee, and Mark Ellis, suspension, are expected to return on Tuesday to give Ardley much needed defensive reinforcements.
Ardley is a manager that values clean sheets and with bodies available again, the expectation should be that they will tighten up having conceded in each of their last four. Only Stockport County at Chesterfield have got the better of them at the ARMCO Arena since match day three, including victories against FC Halifax Town, Boreham Wood and Grimsby Town.
Ian Burchnall’s side are the third highest scorers in the division this season and play a style of football no side in the division can replicate when done well. However, The Magpies have struggled to implement that style on the road and it’s notable that they have won just two of the seven away games played since the weather turned colder in November – and they came at second bottom King’s Lynn Town and a Woking side winless in seven.
Wrexham v Boreham Wood
Tuesday night’s fixture between Wrexham and Boreham Wood could have huge implications on both the race for the title and top three as we reach the business end of the season.
Wrexham’s home form has been strong, losing just one of their 13 home matches. They have also won each of their last four matches with Paul Mullin, Jordan Davies and Ollie Palmer combining well. They now sit third in the league table, four points behind second place Chesterfield with a game in hand.
However, it’s FA Cup heroes Boreham Wood that remain second in terms of points-per-game despite their position of fifth – they have at least two games in hand on every other team in the division. Key to their promotion push has been their defensive record – they have conceded just 17 goals in 27 matches.
The Wood will be out to avenge their 3-0 loss at Wrexham in the FA Trophy, a rare off day for Luke Garrard’s men defensively. Only 26% of their matches have seen three or more goals scored while the Racecourse Ground has seen only one league match feature three or more goals – Wrexham’s recent victory against lowly Aldershot Town. The hosts could also be without the goalscoring midfielder Jordan Davies for this one while the visitors could see experienced defender Jamal Fyfield return to the XI.
The stakes are high. Both sides pride themselves on being hard to beat. The visitors have a point to prove. This should be a tight, gritty affair.
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