The National League North’s best attack meets the best defence on Saturday as Harrogate Town take on Chorley at Victory Park.
Just like last season, Matt Jansen’s side have conceded the fewest goals in the division, though at the other end only bottom club North Ferriby have found the net less frequently.
Last season’s beaten play-off finalists are on track to be up there again at the end of the season and currently sit four points outside the top seven; with a game in hand.
The Magpies have not finished lower than eighth during their three seasons in the National League North, though a surprise 3-0 defeat at Southport on New Years’ Day brought a recent six-match unbeaten run to a grinding halt.
Prior to their festive double header with Southport, Jansen’s side caught the eye with a 3-0 win at Salford City, the only team The Magpies have lost to at home this season.
Since that defeat in August Chorley have gone ten league matches unbeaten at Victory Park, though only one of their last six home fixtures has ended in a win.
Only one-point separates the two sides over the last 15 games, with the last three meetings ending in home wins, including Town’s 4-1 success at The CNG Stadium earlier in the season, while there has never been a draw between the clubs.
Simon Weaver will be unable to select Simon Ainge, Terry Kennedy and Warren Burrell who all miss out through suspension, though the Harrogate boss will be hopeful of having Jack Vann and Lloyd Kerry fit again after the two missed our 3-0 win over Darlington on New Years’ Day.