These remain worrying times for lower league football, especially in the North West. Macclesfield is actually a rather wealthy part of Cheshire, not far from where the megabucks earners in Manchester and Liverpool often reside. In the week they were docked six points, and their game today against Plymouth has been called off too. Murky ownership issues abound, with concerning echoes of the situation at Bury earlier in the season.

In games taking place, the clash between on-form leaders Swindon, and off-form sixth placed Forest Green, is the stand out tie. Despite that faltering form, RED fancies Nailsworth’s finest (37%) ever so slightly more than the Robins (34%). The bookies see nothing between them, both at 35%.