Preview: v AFC Fylde 18/2/17

Saturday’s league fixture at SJP against AFC Fylde will renew acquaintances after three meetings already this season.

Brackley were the visitors to Fylde’s new Mill Farm stadium back in August, taking the lead through Lee Ndlovu before being pegged back late on. The sides met again in the FA Trophy, again drawing 1-1, this time Glenn Walker on target, before Saints won the replay at a Tuesday night SJP by the convincing margin of 4-0.

In the league The Coasters are still top of the table but have Kidderminster Harriers closing in on the automatic play-off spot just 7 points behind now and with games in hand after Fylde’s recent wobble, losing consecutive away games at Curzon Ashton and then 5-0 at Salford City.

Steve Williams, Dom Collins, Josh Langley, James Hardy and Sam Finley have all had injuries and their availability for Dave Challinor on Saturday is uncertain.

Saints earned a point in midweek at Alfreton and were frustrated not to bring home the three points given the second half dominance and chances created. It leaves the 11th placed side without a league win in 2017. The Alfreton trip was the first in six successive Tuesday evening matches facing Kevin Wilkin’s side following re-arrangements due to cup games and replays and weather-related postponements away from SJP!

Next week sees another mid-week game, this time at Gloucester City before the FA Trophy quarter-final tie at York City next Saturday. The home game against FC Halifax Town, postponed due to the FA Trophy tie, has been re-scheduled for the Tuesday evening of 4 April.

Shane Byrne is unavailable on Saturday, the first of a three match suspension following his red card at Tamworth. Otherwise Wilkin has a full squad to select from going into an exceptionally busy run of matches.

If you cannot get to the game, follow the action on Twitter via the club website and on both BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Northampton with live pre-match, half-time and full-time bulletins.