Non-League Weekend Football Tips & Preview
Following midweek fixtures that produced last minute winners, shock defeats and a feast of goals, this weekend brings another full schedule of games, with a whole host of encounters that will have an impact on both the top and bottom of the table. Forest Green rose to the top of the National League standings thanks to a 95th minute winner against Solihull Moors, with FA Cup quarter finalists Lincoln coming unstuck away at Boreham Wood. The top two meet at Sincil Bank on Saturday lunchtime, with the home side hoping to leapfrog their opponents. Danny Cowley’s men hold three games in hand over the South-West based team, with Forest Green top scorer Christian Doidge hoping to inspire his team to a fourth consecutive victory.
Elsewhere in the promotion mix-up, both Dagenham & Redbridge and Tranmere Rovers can look forward to favourable home encounters, with just three points separating the duo in the play-off positions. Meanwhile, with a number of games in hand over their closest rivals, Macclesfield Town host in-form Aldershot at Moss Rose, with Josh Askey’s side currently nine points adrift of the final play-off place.
At the bottom of the table, the fixture between Maidenhead and Woking can be defined as the proverbial “six-pointer”, with Torquay United hoping to earn a positive result away at Wrexham as their battle for survival continues.
Dagenham & Redbridge to win against York City @ 1/1 (SkyBet)
Tranmere Rovers to win against Braintree Town @ 4/11 (Bet365)
National League North
Kidderminster’s dramatic win over Tamworth on Tuesday evening moved John Eustace’s side up to second in the table, with Salford City having slipped to third as a result of successive draws in the National League North. The class of 92 backed team face an away trip to Boston United, with managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley looking to get their promotion bid back on track. With all teams within the top ten of the table still harbouring promotion hopes, the likes of Darlington, Brackley and Gloucester City will all be hunting three points on Saturday, while Stockport’s encounter with Tamworth could be one of the games of the weekend, Jim Gannon’s side looking to extend their four-match unbeaten run.
At the bottom of the table, Bradport Park beat face bottom side Altrincham as they bid to rise away from the relegation zone, with Gainsborough Trinity hosting Darlington, while Worcester can aid their survival bid with a win at struggling Stalybridge Celtic.
Stockport County to win against Tamworth @ 4/6 (William Hill)
Kidderminster Harriers to win against Harrogate Town @ 4/6 (Bet365)
National League South
No fewer than 44 goals were scored in the National League South during the week, with Ebbsfleet’s 8-0 win against Bishop’s Stortford not enough to leapfrog rivals Maidenhead, with Alan Devonshire’s men trashing Oxford City 6-1. The top of the table has a familiar feel to it heading into the weekend, with each of the top six teams having won their latest encounters. Ebbsfleet United’s trip to play-off chasing Hampton & Richmond is one to look forward to, with the Fleet currently on a five-match winning streak. Meanwhile, with both teams still very much in the play-off hunt, Bath City and Wealdstone face off on Saturday, with striker Elliot Benyon hoping to add to his 15 league goals this season at Twerton Park.
In the battle for survival, Truro City take on fellow strugglers Whitehawk, with both teams positioned just above the bottom three on 33 points. With Gosport Borough facing a daunting trip to Chelmsford City, a win for either Truro or Whitehawk could well go a long way to securing their National League South participation for next season.
Chelmsford City to win against Gosport Borough @ 2/11 (Bet365)
Maidenhead to win against Bishop’s Stortford @ 2/7 (William Hill)