SALFORD CITY aim to go clear again at the top of the National League North table as they visit Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.
The Ammies were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at home to FC Halifax in midweek, allowing AFC Fylde and Harrogate Town to rejoin them after beating Curzon Ashton and FC United, respectively.
Despite playing at step two for the first time in the club’s history, Salford are still unbeaten after nine games this term and including last season, when they came through the Evo-Stik Premier play-offs to make it back-to-back promotions, they are now a whopping 20 games unbeaten.
“It’s a massive run of form,” said joint-manager Bernard Morley. “I don’t care if your wage bill is £10m a week, to do what these lads are doing week in, week out, you’ve got to take your hat off to them.”
Salford take that record to seventh-placed Kidderminster while hoping FC UNITED can do them a favour as they host Fylde. Harrogate are away to Alfreton while CURZON ASHTON, who are joint-13th with FC United and Alfreton, are at home to Tamworth.
STOCKPORT COUNTY are 11th with 14 points and Jimmy Ball hopes to make his home debut against Boston United.
After a brief spell at Stalybridge this term, the 20-year-old midfielder joined County in time for Wednesday night’s trip to Darlington and despite claiming a 19th-minute opener, the hosts struck either side of the break to win 2-1.
Ball played under County boss Jim Gannon at Northwich Victoria last season and will help fill the void left by Adam Thomas, who has been sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury.
ALTRINCHAM and STALYBRIDGE CELTIC ended their losing runs with a draw in midweek. Both have new managers and Jim Harvey has his first game in charge of Alty as they visit Gloucester while two of his former clubs meet as Steve Halford and Paul Phillips take their new Stalybridge side to FC Halifax.
MACCLESFIELD TOWN are fifth after a fine start in the Vanarama National League and visit lowly Bromley looking for a third straight win.