Non-League Football Tips & Weekend Preview
An injury time winner saw Tranmere Rovers move level on points with Lincoln City at the top of the table on Tuesday night, with Forest Green and Dagenham & Redbridge’s promotion push having faltered following recent defeats. This weekend once again brings a full schedule of fixtures, with connotations at both ends of the National League table. Despite still being the favourites for automatic promotion with a game in hand on their rivals, Lincoln City face a difficult away trip to Eastleigh, with both Eliott Whitehouse and Matthew Rhead hoping to continue their goal scoring form, having scored in their win over the Daggers on Monday night. Meanwhile, Micky Mellon’s Tranmere take on Solihull Moors, with the two teams in contrasting sets of form. The super white army have won their last five outings, while the Birmingham based club are on a run of four successive defeats.
The battle for play-offs spots reaches fever pitch on Saturday, with even Macclesfield in ninth position still harbouring promotion hopes. The Silkmen take on Dagenham & Redbridge at Moss Rose, with the likes of Aldershot, Barrow and Gateshead also looking to take full advantage of home ties. At the bottom of the pile, a shock win for North Ferriby at Forest Green has done little to aid their battle for survival, with the likes of York City, Torquay United and Woking still firmly in trouble also. However, with some difficult away fixtures coming up this weekend for such teams, a positive result for any club could significantly aid their survival hopes.
Sutton United to win against Southport @ 1/2 (SkyBet)
Aldershot Town to win against Torquay United @ 4/6 (Bet365)
Tranmere Rovers to win against Solihull Moors @ 1/3 (SkyBet, Bet365)
National League North
Halifax Town won at Kidderminster in the game of the weekend last time around to strengthen their play-off position, leaving Fylde to extend their lead at the top to nine points thanks to a dominant win over Martin Gray’s Darlington. With plenty to play for at both ends of the table this weekend, the play-off and regulation situations could well be clearer come Saturday evening.
Fylde can go another giant step towards automatic promotion with a win over the all-but-relegated Stalybridge, while Kidderminster travel to a Gloucester City side unbeaten in their last five league games. Play-off contenders Chorley and Salford City both face tricky away ties on Saturday, with their hosts, Nuneaton and Harrogate respectively, looking to cause an upset in front of their home support. Meanwhile, despite being unbeaten in their last five, Stockport County have dropped to seventh in the table, with manager Jim Gannon looking for three points away at relegation threatened Gainsborough Town in the hope of putting pressure on those around them.
In the fight for survival, a home win for Worcester City against a Curzon Ashton side with little to play for, could well all but seal the fate of Gainsborough, who go into the weekend’s fixtures two points from safety.
Halifax Town to win against Alfreton Town @ 2/5 (Bet365)
Salford City to win against Harrogate Town @ 5/4 (SkyBet)
National League South
Title contenders Maidenhead and Ebbsfleet went toe-to-toe once again last weekend, both producing stunning 5-1 victories over Bath City and Welling United respectively, with still just three points separating the duo. The promotion favourites return to action on Saturday, with Alan Devonshire’s men hosting East Thurrock, while second place Ebbsfleet travel to relegation threatened City. Meanwhile in the battle for play-off positions, in-form Cheltenham City host Poole Town, with just two points separating the two clubs in the standings. Both teams are unbeaten in their last five outings, with a win for the home side surely securing them a spot in the end of season playoffs.
Gosport Borough remain four points adrift from safety despite picking up a point against Weston-super-Mare, with manager Alex Pike preparing for a must win encounter with Welling United this weekend. With closest rivals Truro taking on high flying Ebbsfleet, it could be the perfect opportunity for the Boro to make their move.
Maidenhead United to win against East Thurrock @ 3/10 (Bet365)
Chelmsford City to win against Poole Town @ 1/1 (SkyBet)