By Brandon Reeves
While the hopes of promotion for Fylde and Huddersfield are slim at best as the season draws ever closer to a close, the sides in third and fourth face off in a bid to be the best of the rest.
Huddersfield saw their hopes of a top-two finish dashed in emphatic style by a rampant Chester last week, while Fylde’s ambitions took a hit in a marginal defeat at Wharfedale.
Both teams have been neck-and-neck all the way through the season as they have near-identical records. When they clashed at the Woodlands Memorial in December there was nothing to choose between them in a gritty 20-20 point-share.
Head Coach Gareth Lewis sees it as a mark of the team ‘Field have become that they’re in direct competition with clubs of Fylde’s stature.
“Fylde are very good team with a rich history. The fact that we are mixing with teams of this calibre at this stage of the season shows how far we’ve come” says Lewis.
The last visitors of the season to Lockwood Park are in an inconsistent patch of form winning two games in their last five meaning they will likely fall short in their bid to bounce back to National League 1.
Huddersfield find themselves in the same vein of form in their past five, but did put 91 points past South Leicester in their last match at Lockwood, however that is their only home win since early February.
But Lewis wants to use the home advantage and wants to give the support a performance to cheer for.
“As a group we’ve said we want to finish as strong as possible with three big games to come.
“The home support has been immense once again this season and we want to put in a top performance in our last home game.”
Huddersfield (from): Tom Hodson, Arthur Wilkinson, Lewis Workman, Will Milner, Elliot Knight, Chris Johnson, Joe Green; Harry Whitfield, Fran Entressengle, Alex Battye, Guy Borrowdale, Tor Borrowdale, Nick Sharpe, Lewis Bradley, Dickie Piper(C).