This coming Tuesday sees us venture up the A50 again on our way to the New Years Day fixture at Mickleover. We lie 17th after 23 games with 24 points, and after their vital 1-0 win over Marine on Saturday, Mickleover are 19th (one place off the relegation zone) with 22 points from their 24 games. This game certainly has the dreaded 6 pointer tag. With our own managerial change, it is important that as many fans travel to this fixture to be out 12th man, and to ensure that we can make 2019 the turning point in our season to climb the table.
Mickleover were formed in 1948 and spent 44 years in the Derby and District League, but steady ground improvement work saw then accepted into the Central Midlands League, and from 1999 into the Northern Counties East. They joined the Northern Premier League family and got promotion into step 3 football for the 2010/11 season where we met for our first ever competitive matches the following season with a 1-1 home draw and 1-0 away defeat. That season Mickleover suffered their first ever relegation and we did not meet again until our relegation into step 4 in 2014/15 when we won 3-1 at home and lost 0-2 away. That was the season Mickleover went back up and saw another season of missing other till of course we were promoted the following year. 2016/17 encounters saw us get a double in 5 days with 1-0 home win on a Tuesday night followed by a 3-1 win at Mickleover on the next Saturday. Last season we have a 1-1 home draw with a 2-0 away win. Could last season’s results be replicated as we drew this seasons August Bank Holiday Monday game at Marston Road
1-1. Only time will tell.
Games played on New Year’s Day this century
2004 Worcester City A 1-0 Southern League
2007 Burton Albion A 0-0 Conference
2008 Burton Albion A 1-2 Conference
2009 Telford A 1-3 Conference North
2011 Telford A 0-0 Conference North
2012 Hednesford H 0-1 Northern Premier League
2013 Ashton A 0-0 Northern Premier League
2014 Rushall Olympic H 2-5 Northern Premier League
2015 Leek H 1-0 Northern Prem Div. 1 South
2018 Hednesford A 1-2 Northern Premier League