Kevin Wilkin takes his team to Alfreton Town on Saturday as the race at the top of National League North hots up.

Recent results suggest that the finishing places are up for grabs and any team putting a good run together can forge up the table and claim a top spot.

After a sluggish first half Saints over-powered Blyth Spartans at St James Park on Saturday running in five second half goals. The win keeps Saints in 4th place.

With Glenn Walker and Carl Baker unavailable, we started with an attacking line-up comprising wide players Matt Lowe and Wes York and two strikers in Lee Ndlovu and Dan Holman.  This combination did not fire in the first half and we went in a goal behind.  But after half-time Saints were immediately out of the blocks and ahead within 7 minutes, Matt Lowe’s superb strike getting our noses in front.  Lee and Matt both finished with two goals and Shane Byrne was on hand to notch a fifth.

On Saturday we visit Alfreton’s Impact Arena.  The Reds are currently 13th, 12 points outside the play-off places.  Home form has been strong with 3 wins and 2 draws before the defeat against league leaders York City on Saturday.  Danny Clarke scored for Alfreton but it proved to be just a late consolation.

When the two sides met on the opening day of the season we won through Shep Murombedzi’s strike.

At this stage of the season all games carry crucial points and with so many teams competing fiercely in and around the top places there are some big games.  These include Altrincham’s trip to York City and Boston’s game at Chester.  Should The Pilgrims slip up at Chester and we win at Alfreton, we go 3rd.  

If you cannot get to the game you can follow the action via the club Twitter feed with pre-match, half-time and full-time reports live on BBC Radio Oxford.


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