Crunch time for promotion challenge

CONGLETON have two huge matches in six days in their promotion push.

The Bears are fourth in the table going into some crucial fixtures over the Christmas period.

They are level on points with New Mills and two behind second-placed Newcastle Town.

They travel to New Mills this Saturday, followed by a Boxing Day derby match at Booth Street against Newcastle.

“We face two vital matches over the next week,” said Bears press officer Ken Mead.

“With New Mills and Newcastle lying immediately above us in the table, it gives us a chance to push into second place if we can pull off the victories.”

Congleton were hit by the weather at the weekend.

They were hoping to record a fifth successive win, but their scheduled home match against Bacup Borough was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

There were only two games played on Saturday, leaders Fylde opening up a five-point gap at the gap by beating fifth-placed Glossop 1-0.

Congleton reserves suffered a similar postponement of their match at Malpas.

Congleton are still awaiting the Spanish FA’s international clearance for Matt Haddrell to allow him to re-sign for the Bears.

They have also put in seven days notice of approach to Middlewich for their goalkeeper Matt Conkie.

The move has been prompted by Rob Hackney’s need to restrict his appearances for Congleton to avoid injury, as he has applied to join the fire service.

Congleton reserves are at home tomorrow to Maine Road, kick off 2pm.

The Bears Christmas raffle is being drawn this Sunday, December 21.

Prize winners will be contacted on the day if possible, and a list of winners will be published in the next week or two.

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