NPL preview | Saturday 25 November

By James Gordon

There will be a full round of Northern Premier League fixtures to enjoy this weekend, with plenty of fascinating sub-plots to keep an eye on.

League leaders Radcliffe will look to bounce back from the disappointment of Tuesday's 1-0 home defeat to Whitby Town when Bamber Bridge visit the Neuven Stadium.

It has been a tough time of late for the Brig, who have won just two of their last 10 league matches heading into this fixture.

Radcliffe's nearest two challengers, Warrington Rylands and Worksop Town, host Basford United and Marine respectively, while Macclesfield and Guiseley - the two other teams starting the weekend in the play-off spots - will also do battle.

Further down the division, second-bottom Stafford Rangers return to league action for the first time since the departure of Matty Hill when they visit Ilkeston Town.

Seven days ago, it was confirmed that the club had parted company with Hill by mutual consent after nearly three years in charge.

Another team currently in search of a new manager is Lancaster City.

They welcome Bradford Park Avenue to the Giant Axe, in the first game since the departure of Mark Fell.

Should Avenue fail to earn anything from that game and Basford slip up at Rylands, Marske United could escape the relegation places with a win over Gainsborough Trinity.

All fixtures will take place on Saturday 25 November at 3pm, unless stated otherwise.

Fixtures - Saturday 25 November

Atherton Collieries v Ashton United
FC United of Manchester v Matlock Town
Hyde United v Morpeth Town
Ilkeston Town v Stafford Rangers
Lancaster City v Bradford Park Avenue
Macclesfield v Guiseley
Marske United v Gainsborough Trinity
Radcliffe v Bamber Bridge
Warrington Rylands v Basford United
Whitby Town v Workington
Worksop Town v Marine

Where next?

Clitheroe move for Macclesfield winger Clitheroe have announced the signing of Leon Arnasalam from Macclesfield.
Betts back at Basford Basford United have announced the re-signing of defender Owen Betts.

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