THE Seagulls will move into the top six of the Evo-sttik North if they can gain their eighth away win of the campaign at Droylsden tonight (Tuesday, April 24).
Victory will take them above Trafford, who visit Colwyn Bay in a big game on Thursday, and although it has now been confirmed by the FA that seventh place will get into next week’s play-offs (with South Shields, Scarborough and Hyde all getting automatic promotion under the points per game average ruling), the Seagulls will want to win these next two games if they can to guarantee their play-off place ahead of Saturday’s tough final league game at Hyde.
Tonight they play a Droylsden team that recently ended a 24-game winless run with a 3-2 success at Skelmersdale, but they have not won any of their last 13 home games (nine defeats and four draws) and from being one-time play-off contenders have slipped into the bottom half of the table.
Jack Hindle. who hit a hat-trick last Saturday, was so unlucky to hit the underside of the bar when the Bay lost 2-1 at home to Droylsden in November (see top picture taken by David Thomas) and will be hoping to make up for that tonight.
Bay boss Alan Morgan will be tempted to stick to an unchanged starting eleven from last Saturday’s 5-1 home victory over Clitheroe and give top scorer Astley Mulholland and fellow front man Danny Bartle extra time to recover from injuries, but he is mindful of the fact that this is the second of four games in eight days as they bid to secure their place in next Tuesday’s play-off semi-finals, which would be away to either Prescot Cables or Bamber Bridge.
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