Non-league football: Congleton hope Smith can put boot into Bootle's hopes
CONGLETON will look to Premier Division hot-shot Chris Smith to spearhead their victory march at Bootle tomorrow.
Smith has netted 23 times in 26 appearances this season, making him the fourth most prolific marksman in the top flight on a goals per game ratio.
Jason Carey (Formby), Jason Hart (Colne) and Michael Garrod (Silsden) occupy the top three places – and Smith will have his work cut out breaking into that group.
The 5-0 midweek victory over Stone Dominoes pushed Congleton up to second, two points behind leaders Maine Road.
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But the front-runners are peering over their shoulders at the Bootle bandwagon which has moved into fourth place.
They are just six points off top spot and have six matches in hand on the leading duo.
STONE DOMINOES came crashing back down to earth with their thumping at Congleton, having broken their duck last Saturday.
A Matty Dodswell hat-trick earned a 3-2 win over Glossop North End and lifted the gloom at Yarnfield as Dave Dale's side move to within seven points of safety.
However, they couldn't follow that success up at high-flying Congleton in midweek, where they shipped in four second-half goals.
They make the trip to eighth-placed Winsford United tomorrow.
NORTON have steadily climbed the table and find themselves in 16th place ahead of their home encounter with AFC Liverpool, who lie two places below the Community Drive outfit.
Norton were without a game last weekend after their clash with Bootle fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.
ALSAGER TOWN, meanwhile, have home advantage against Squires Gate as they attempt to make further inroads up the table after finding themselves in ninth.
IN Division One, ECCLESHALL, with just three wins all season entertain Cheadle Town, who are in the top half of the table.
ROCESTER'S abandoned Midland Alliance clash against Kirby Muxloe came at a heavy cost for the Romans.
Kirby were leading 2-0 midway through the second half when the referee deemed conditions unplayable and called time on the fixture.
But Rocester thoughts were already with skipper Craig Holland who had been stretchered off with a broken tibia.
Holland has had a metal rod inserted into his shin bone following the injury.
Rocester are on their travels tomorrow when they make the trip to Highgate United.