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Thackley v Goole AFC – Match Preview.

Thackley v Goole AFC.

Northern Counties East League Premier Division – Saturday 23rd March – Kick off 3.00pm.

On Saturday Thackley entertain Goole AFC at the Mitton Group Stadium at Dennyfield hoping to add to their current points tally. The Vikings are currently propping up the table with just seventeen points from thirty one games and are desperately in need of more if they are to avoid the drop. However, they have won more points on the road than they have at home and so will be hoping to capitalise on that statistic. Goole returned to the NCEL at the beginning of this season having spent thirteen years in the Northern Premier League. In the reverse fixture at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds in November, Thackley ran out comfortable five one winners. Luke Robinson, Dan Broadbent, Jordan Hendrie (2) and Matt Broadley scorers for the Dennyboys, Jordan Emery got the home side’s consolation goal.

Results have picked up somewhat for the Vikings lately with two victories (Barton Town and Liversedge) in their last four games. They last played on the 2nd of March (lost 2-0 against Liversedge) so will have had a three week layoff come Saturday’s game.

It will be two weeks without a game for the Dennyboys, last Saturday’s league encounter against Harrogate Railway falling foul of the weather. Thackley’s last game was the defeat at Maltby in what was one of their poorest performances of the season, the conditions and a couple of suspect refereeing decisions not helping their cause. Prior to that, the Dennyboys had won three of their previous five games, lifting them out of the relegation dog fight.

Although not statistically safe yet, there has to be a number of strange results to drag them back into the danger area. I know manager Pat McGuire has set an end of season points target for the players; I suspect he would have this game down as yielding three of those points. However, this is a must win game for Goole if they want to have any sort of chance of escaping the First Division next season.
Another intriguing game to look forward to.

Updated 12:49 – 21 Mar 2019 by Steve Paley Original Source