Preview: Basford (H)

Atherton Collieries are back in action after a two-week break on Saturday, with Basford United visiting the Skuna Stadium for a potentially decisive game in the battle for Northern Premier League survival.

The Colls’ last fixture, also at home, came back on March 16, when David Chadwick’s side suffered a gut-wrenching late loss to FC United of Manchester.

Aaron Bennett struck in second-half stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win for the away side, who had trailed for a significant portion of the game after Enock Lusiama opened the scoring with his fifth goal in as many matches.

Basford, meanwhile, were also beaten by the same opponent in their most recent outing, losing 2-0 away at Broadhurst Park last weekend.

That result left the Nottinghamshire outfit in 18th, the final spot guaranteeing seventh-tier football next season, with 27 points taken from 34 games.  

With the Colls currently eight points further back, a win on Saturday feels essential if they are to stay in touch with those above them, and potentially leverage their game in hand to launch a great escape in the closing weeks of the season.  

Scanning through the Basford squad, defender Victor Niernnold is one name who may potentially stand out to Colls supporters.  

The 32-year-old is a recent addition, having only joined his latest club last month, having previously racked up nearly 50 League One appearances whilst at Fleetwood Town between 2015 and 2018.

After departing Fleetwood, the Frenchman took in spells playing in Slovakia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Scotland, before returning to English football with Gloucester City in 2023.

Niernnold now plies his trade at Greenwich Avenue, with his prior experience likely a considerable factor behind his arrival at a side looking to stave off the threat of relegation.

Basford would appear to have history on their side as they look to take a significant step towards that goal on Saturday, having only suffered one defeat in five previous league meetings with the Colls.

That anomaly did occur during their most recent visit to Atherton, however, which ended in a 3-0 defeat in August 2021.

A repeat performance this time around has the potential to be momentum-altering for the current Colls crop, and every bit of support could prove vital in powering the lads towards three precious points.

Tickets will be available on the night through our cash and card turnstiles, for £10 adults, £7 concessions, £4 for under 18s and free for under 11s and 1916 Club members.

Words: Ben Smith - Photography: Matthew Cunliffe

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