Nuneaton Town entertain Brackley Town at the LDJ Solicitors Stadium this Saturday in a 15:00 kick-off. The Saints arrive at Liberty Way having drawn four straight league matches, including back-to-back ties with Leamington over the festive period. Their away form has been decent this season, notching five victories in all competitions, whilst drawing six and losing four. Their most recent victory away from St. James Park came a little over two months ago when they defeated relegation threatened Darlington 3-0 at Blackwell Meadows.
In the four most recent meetings between the two sides in Nuneaton, Boro' have won two with the other games finishing 2-2, including last season, when two late Lee Ndlovu goals cancelled out first half strikes from Jordan Nicholson and Greg Mills. Brackley's top-scorer this season has been former Boro' man Aaron Williams, who has scored 15 league goals this term. However, in a recent interview with the Saints' website, Captain Gaz Dean, another former Boro' player, said that Williams has returned to his parent club Newport County, but remained hopeful of a return.
Other former Boro' players that might line-up in the red and black stripes of Brackley on Saturday include Adam Walker, Mark Noon, Shane Byrne and, second top-scorer, Jimmy Armson. There will also be a familiar face in the opposition dugout as Brackley Manager Kevin Wilkin returns to the club that he began his Managerial career with. During a decade at the club, Wilkin took the reigns in 2006 and led the reformed Nuneaton Town to three promotions before leaving for Wrexham.
Brackley currently sit third in the table, six points behind leaders Salford. When Boro travelled south early in the season for a midweek fixture the Saints were topping the table. The home side edged out a 1-0 win with defender Ellis Myles scoring the games only goal in the 11th minute. It hasn't been quite as smooth sailing since, but Brackley have not dropped lower than fifth in the table all season. Nuneaton, in contrast have never been higher than 14th. The two sides can't be separated in the form table though, sitting 11th and 12th with seven points each from their previous five fixtures.
In each of their previous six games, Brackley have been unable to find the back of the net in the first half, they have scored seven second half goals over that stretch though. So far this season Nuneaton have earned 17 points at home with a goal difference of plus six and Brackley have accumulated 17 away from home, also with a goal difference of plus six. Can either side get to 20 points on Saturday?
Come down and join us to find out, ticket prices are £14 for Adults, £12 for Adult Concessions aged 60 and over, £3 for 11-16 year olds and free for Under 11s that are accompanied by a paying Adult.