PREVIEW: Pickering Town (H)

No need to turn up for this one….it’s a foregone conclusion!

So may be the thoughts of certain people as they take a look at the League table.

The Rams in 3rd place with a home record of 8 wins, 1 draw and just 1 league defeat against bottom of the table Pickering who have consistently lost all eleven away games.

Obviously a home banker.

Ah but….!

Football has a nasty habit of throwing up surprise results when no-one is expecting them and who is to say this will not be one of those.

Both sides are striving for points for totally opposite reasons.

In what is turning out to being a fascinating title race, the Rams closed in on leaders Workington on Wednesday, as did second place Marine and there really are so many clubs in the mix for either an automatic promotion spot or one in the play-offs.

At the foot of the table, whilst the Pikes may not yet be out of it, they will desperately need something to take themselves off the bottom of the ladder to ensure they remain in the NPL next season.

The Rams ventured over to Widnes a couple of weeks back, expecting to return with all three points, but in the end were lucky to retrieve just one.

Complacency? Over-confidence? Who knows, but any lack of commitment is likely to see the opposition sniffing a result and putting in a performance to gain one.

The Rams recent nine match unbeaten run has produced some scintillating performances and results, and the opportunity is there to extend it to ten, but the team, full of confidence as they are, know that a professional performance will be required in the hope that any aspirations to top the table could well become a reality.