Cambridge City will face a tough examination of their play-off credentials tomorrow as they host fellow promotion chasers Hartley Wintney at Westwood Road. The match is part one of a trilogy of games where City are up against teams in and around them in play-off hunt. Up next on Monday night is a match against Chalfont St Peter followed by a trip to Dunstable next Saturday.
City go into the game after settling for a point against Kempston on Wednesday night. The goal came courtesy of a header from Ryan Sharman – his 31st goal of the season. The Lilywhites occupy the final play-off place and boss Robbie Nightingale will be hoping that key players such as Ebby Nelson-Addy, Jack Vasey, and Salim Relizani will all be fully fit and ready for selection.
The visitors will arrive at Westwood Road currently in fourth position – five points ahead of City but having played a game more. They have won 3 out of their last 6 matches – including a 2-1 win against leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Making their debut in the league this year, the Hampshire outfit were the early season pacemakers alongside fellow newcomers, Moneyfields. Results took a slight downward spiral during November and December but since the turn of the year, Hartley Wintney have steadily regained their early season form and are real contenders to be in the play-off mix come the end of the season.
The reverse fixture was back in November and saw the Lilywhites record a 2-1 victory. City followers will be hoping the same can be replicated tomorrow in what is sure to be a hard fought contest.
Other matches in promotion hunt tomorrow see AFC Rushden & Diamonds travel to Northwood. Beaconsfield will fancy their chances with a home game against bottom of the table Arlesey whilst Hayes & Yeading travel to Aylesbury United. AFC Dunstable go to Egham whilst Chalfont St Peter will be looking to close the gap with an away game to Ashford Town (Middx).
If you cannot get to the game, then a reminder that all the usual updates will be on social media with a full match report and post-match reaction and analysis on the official City website from Saturday evening.
Kick-off at Westwood Road is at 3:00pm.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT THE VISITORS:
Nickname: The Row
Stadium: The Memorial Ground
Club Colours: Orange
Fascinating Fact: Hartley Wintney have played two teams who have football league origins in recent times. AFC Wimbledon when they were in the combined counties league team in 2003 and Hereford in the FA Vase during season 2015/16.
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