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Match Preview: Kidsgrove Athletic vs Droylsden

By Rob Glover

The Blues play host to Droylsden this weekend, hoping to keep pace with the top ten and continue their impressive form of late.

Kidgsrove Athletic could make it three wins on the bounce with victory over Saturday's visitors to Hollinwood Road, Droylsden (15:00 K.O) as the Blues hope to upset proceedings by mounting a late push for the play-offs with ten games remaining.

Droylsden, known as the Bloods, come in to this fixture, sitting 13th in the Evo-Stik West, five points and two places below Kidsgrove following Dave Pace's side's 1-1 draw at home to struggling Glossop North End. Sefton Gonzales had given the Bloods the lead prior to a late equaliser from North End who then went on to have a penalty saved at the death by Bloods keeper, Chris Thompson.

The Grove have really found their feet in recent weeks and have now won three of their last four matches, a run that sees them remain unbeaten since mid-February. Ryan Austin's side now sit 11th with 40 points after a trio of brilliant victories against Kendal, Runcorn, and on Tuesday evening, Leek.

Our local rivals Leek Town, were the next team to fall victim to a much improved Grove side, as goals from Chris Budrys and Rhys Thompson secured all three points in mid-week as Kidsgrove completed the double over Neil Baker's side following two 2-1 wins over Leek this year, a result that sent the Grove faithful home happy heading in to tomorrow's fixture.

Droylsden will be looking to contain the Grove's inform partnership up front, with Anthony Malbon and Chris Budrys scoring nine goals between them in their last six outings, a record that has seen Grove move towards the top half of the table in recent weeks.

Droylsden's squad has its own flurry of big names, Reece Webb-Foster (Bradford City) and Faustin Makela (Manchester United) have both joined the club having previously been academy products at professional outfits.

Form (Last five games)
Kidsgrove - LWDWW
Droylsden - LDWLD

Your support has been brilliant in the last few weeks, with 200 of you inside Hollinwood Road last Saturday in our 5-0 win, please continue to back the boys as they look to build on this run between now and the end of the season. Come on the Grove!

Upcoming fixtures:
Droyslden FC (H) 09/03/19
Stafford Rangers (H) 13/03/19
Droylsden FC (A) 16/03/19
Colwyn Bay (H) 23/03/19
Mossley (H) 27/03/19
Skelmersdale (H) 30/03/19

Updated 13:53 - 8 Mar 2019 by Rob Glover


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