Stoke City fans will get another weekend break from watching their side as Sky have rearranged their game against Newcastle United to next Monday.

Over to the Burslem Boys then…Port Vale will look to achieve back to back wins for the first time this season when they travel to Bradford on Saturday. Vale put in a hard working performance for interim manager Rob Page who looks to have made a difference already. The Bantams sit 6th in Sky Bet League One after a good start to the season. The Valliants were stunned by a 93rd minute winner when these two met last year and the trip presents Page the chance to stake his claim for the vacant manager’s position at Vale Park.

Back-to-back defeats for Burton and an injury hit squad has left The Brewers a little short in the last week. Gary Rowett’s side had been one of the league’s best defences until the six goals conceded at Wimbledon and Bury. Burton had togetherness and continuity in their team with a similar line up of McLaughlin, Edwards, Sharps, Cansdell-Sherriff, Taft, Mousinho, Weir, Akins, MacDonald, McGurk, Beavon. However against Bury only 6 substitutes were selected and MacDonald, Akins and McGurk were all out. This Saturday they face Cheltenham 7th placed in league 2 although, The Robins are without a win in four league games.

It’s FA Cup week for many of our local teams as the second qualifying round takes place this weekend.

STAFFORD RANGERS on the back of a 4-0 hammering of Stocksbridge travel to Loughborough Dynamo with the arrival of 5 new faces. Neil Kitching’s new signings have brought ‘freshness’ into the squad after a small ‘blip’ of 2 defeats in 5 games.

LEEK TOWN were left aggrieved after their unbeaten run came to an end courtesy of 2 late Loughborough Dynamo goals from debatable free kick decisions. The Blues now travel to Tividale twice in the same week, firstly on Tuesday night in the league and in the FA Cup on Saturday. This trip proved a banana skin for Stafford when they fell to a 4-0 cup exit last week.

NEWCASTLE TOWN face back-to-back home games this week against Romulus and AFC Goole. Castle sit inside the play-offs after only 2 league defeats this season and these games present the opportunity to better their league position.

NORTON UNITED will be full of confidence after a wonderful week for the club. They recorded only their second league win of the season at Carlton at the weekend moving them out of the relegation zone. Before that, they successfully made it through to the next round of the FA Cup beating Corby Town last Tuesday setting up a second qualifying round tie against Spalding on Saturday.

But, the bread and butter of the league takes over this Tuesday as KIDSGROVE ATHLETC and new manager Paul Moore travel to the Autonet Stadium. Moore has made it clear there will be major changes in his Kidsgrove side after many of the players former manager Neil Gill brought in have left. Grove picked up their 3rd point of the season with a 1-1 draw with Sheffield on Saturday. After the trip across to Burslem they face Sutton Coldfield at the weekend.

Robin Grey

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