Blyth Spartans are the visitors to St James Park on Saturday as the National League North season nears its climax with eight teams realistically in close contention for the top seven spots although a team from outside those top eight places could yet make a late surge.

Saints are the division’s draw specialists with a total of twelve draws to date, eight of them at home.  Four of the last five games have ended all square as Kevin Wilkin’s side has struggled to find the net scoring just once in the last four home games.

But Tuesday’s night’s point against third placed Boston United lifted Saints into fourth place as they prepare to take on visitors Blyth Spartans who are in peril in the relegation zone with just six wins from their 32 matches in a troubled season at Croft Park.

Blyth parted company with manager Lee Clark on Wednesday.  Michael Nelson takes up the reins as player-manager.  The former assistant manager at Stevenage joined the playing staff at Spartans only last week and has immediately stepped in for the rest of the season.

Glenn Walker remains a doubt for Brackley following injury at Chester but Wes York made a bright return to St James Park.  Signing on loan again from York City, he came off the bench against The Pilgrims and will certainly be in the manager’s thoughts for a starting place on Saturday.

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