Back-to-back wins have left Moors on the periphery of the play-off places heading into Saturday’s game against Brackley Town.
Victories over Leamington and Gloucester mean Jason Ainsley’s men are just three points behind The Saints, who themselves suffered a costly home defeat to Farsley Celtic – their first at St James Park in the league in 2019/20.
Six points separate Boston United in 3rd and Moors in 8th, with Chester, Altrincham, Brackley and Gateshead making up the rest of the congested places directly above Moors. With Saturday’s game being quickly followed by a home game with Altrincham on Tuesday, both games represents a chance to take points off teams in the mix and send a message out to the league.
Brackley has proved to be the well-oiled machine they have been in recent years again this season. Solid at the back with Gareth Dean now being partnered by the free scoring Thierry Audel, they are a tough nut to crack. Lee Ndlovu, who has missed the past few games, is their goal threat. Powerful, pacy and an all-round striker, Ndlovu may be best remembered for his penalty miss in the play-off semi final last May.
The Saints’ defensive record on the road is only bettered by title chasing York City, but, Moors are free scoring at home, with 30 goals being netted in the 13 played at The Brewery Field so far.
The two sides played out a goalless draw at St James Park earlier in the season, with James Armson sending a penalty over the bar in an otherwise uneventful evening.