It’s a massive game at The Peninsula Stadium on Saturday when Salford City welcome high-flying Solihull Moors (KO 15:00).
Both sides are still firmly in the race for promotion, and this weekend could be a crucial one with Leyton Orient hosting Wrexham at lunch time (live on BT Sport).
The Ammies have picked up again after a spell of games without a win, and have kept back-to-back clean sheets in wins against Ebbsfleet and Sutton United; the first time we have done so since the start of 2019. Those results have lifted us back into the promotion mix, and now there is a chance to take another step back towards the top against Solihull.
The outcome of the lunch time kick-off will highly determine what could happen in this game. Orient can go top if they beat Wrexham, and in that case a Solihull win would elevate them into second and still level on points, while a Salford win would put us a point behind Moors and four behind Orient – although both have a game in hand.
If Wrexham win they would go five clear of Orient and Moors at the top, who would both still have a game in hand by the end of Saturday. Significantly though, if Wrexham win Solihull must win to keep the chance to go top with their game in hand. Alternatively we could move six points behind Wrexham with 27 points left to play for.
Meanwhile a draw at The Breyer Group Stadium would open the race right up!
However they end up, this season will go down as an historic one in Moors’ young history. Formed in 2007 as a merger between Solihull Borough and Moor Green, this will be the highest they have ever finished in the football pyramid.
Based on a solid foundation and philosophy, Tim Flowers’ side have battled their way through the season to surprise many and take their place amongst the top seven. They also took Blackpool to a replay in the Emirates FA Cup Second Round, and within 15 minutes of a tie against Premier League Arsenal, and made it to the Buildbase FA Trophy Quarter-Finals where AFC Telford United won 2-1 at The ATG Stadium.
Another underpinning factor is Moors’ form on the road, where they are the top performing side in the league with 34 points, and are the joint-top scorers (29).
Moors are unbeaten in four league games as they recover from defeat against AFC Fylde, and impressively swept aside Maidstone United on Saturday evening, 5-0. Jermaine Hylton ended a run of six league games without a goal by scoring a hat-trick, while Adi Yussuf and Darren Carter completed the scoring.
Before that they survived a scare by coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 against 10-man Barnet, Kyle Storer with the equaliser deep into added time.
They have won their last four away from home, and have not conceded in their last two on the road.
One to watch – Nathan Blissett
Blissett arrived from Macclesfield Town in December, where he won The National League last season. The striker has an impressive promotion CV having been promoted in both of the last two seasons; the first with Plymouth from League Two into League One having joined in January from Torquay. A similar mid-season move to The Silkmen in January 2018 and five goals in 16 games helped Macclesfield to The National League title, and the 28-year-old will be keen to repeat the trick this season.
Standing at 6’5, the powerful front man is a threat both in the air and when running at defences, and he already have seven goals in 11 for Flowers’ side.
Ironically for two of the division’s top three scorers, the only previous meeting finished 0-0 at The ATG Stadium in November. See the best of the action below.