With the future of the National League North season in the balance as clubs vote on whether to continue the season or to declare it null and void, fixtures resume on Saturday after the two week suspension with the visit of Chorley to St James Park on Saturday.

Chorley became everybody’s second team as they put together a magnificent FA Cup run beating Championship side Derby County before falling narrowly to Wolves in a live televised game.

How many FA Trophy and National League fixtures actually take place on Saturday remains to be seen but at the time of writing both Saints and Chorley have committed to fulfilling the fixture.

Kevin Wilkin’s side is emerging from a four week lay-off as the entire squad was in quarantine after a single Covid positive test and this was followed by the suspension of the league meaning a long enforced break.  Prior to the break Brackley put together an eight game unbeaten run.  Chorley meanwhile have an impressive away record with just a single defeat on the road in seven games.

Saints sit 5th in the table with 24 points after 14 games while The Magpies are 9th after 16 games earning 22 points so Chorley would leap-frog Saints were they to win on Saturday while Brackley would go 4th.

The game is Behind Closed Doors but will be live-streamed.  Match passes are available priced at £4.99 from the website.  All fans are asked to support the club in these difficult times by purchasing a match pass.  The e-programme is also available from the website.  Thank you.

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