The Rams bring in the New Year with the short hop along the M60 to meet old foes Trafford FC.

The two clubs have met on numerous occasions over the years, and invariably the contests between the two sides are tight affairs.

The Rams go into this one on the back of an unbeaten eight-game run, but that will count for nothing on the day as Trafford traditionally prove to be difficult opponents.

Whereas the Rams currently sit in third spot with 34 points from their 18 games, Trafford are below in eighth with a haul of 28 points, having played two games more.

The home side have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 3 of their games at Shawe View, whilst the Rams, on their travels have picked up 2 wins with 3 draws and losses apiece.

Hopes are high at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium of a promotion push as we enter the second half of the season, and whilst current form is very good, it’s games like this one where picking up points is essential if the club are to continue to push league leaders Workington for that automatic spot come April.

As always, a decent turnout will be expected for both sides for what promises to be an entertaining and important clash.

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