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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Tue 10 Apr 2018
Posted in League News

With nearly a full round of fixtures and ten games being played on tonight, it’s sure to be an eventful night in the Vanarama National League.

FC Halifax Town v Sutton United

The Shaymen will host second place Sutton United in another very difficult fixture for the Jamie Fullarton’s side. The fixture which has already been postponed has been put into a congested time for Town as they play four games in a week.

Coming off the back of a fantastic win against Boreham Wood, Halifax will be quietly confident in front of their own fans having not lost at the MBi Shay Stadium since the 17th of February.

Sutton United have also struggled on the road recently. The side from London have lost three of their last six games, two of which were away from home.

Boreham Wood v Macclesfield

A clash at the top of the National League is one of the stand out ties of the midweek games. Table toppers Macclesfield look very close to securing the title.  On a stand out 82 points, ten clear of second place Sutton, the team led by John Askey, will look to extend their lead at the top with a victory against 5th place Boreham Wood.

The Wood obviously lost their last game, with a fine performance from The Shaymen hampering their chances for an automatic promotion spot finish. With 5 points separating 2nd and 8th place Boreham Wood sill have every chance of promotion to the Football League.

Ebbsfleet v Wrexham

Home side, Ebbsfleet United, are one of the teams that are looking to break into the top seven. Having not lost a game in eight matches and two games in hand on 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. The Fleet are outsiders to make gain promotion.

Welsh side Wrexham are a team Ebbsfleet will push until the end of the season. A win for the home side here will put even more pressure on the top sides and put their opponents at a disadvantage come the end of the season.

Wrexham have had the best defence in the League this season only conceding 33 goals, a league low. Meaning it will be difficult for the home side to beat a solid defence with Caretaker boss Andy Davies in charge.

Solihull Moors v Maidstone

A battle at the other end of the table involves 20th Solihull Moors and 18th Maidstone.  With three points the difference between the two sides, the home side can make up the gap and be in the driving seat between the two teams with a game in hand.

Solihull will fancy themselves to win this one. The side based in the midlands haven’t lost in their last five games, while their opponents Maidstone are on the slide as they haven’t won in their last five games.

Torquay v Fylde

Two sides at different ends of the table, both need to win for very different reasons. Torquay have been a lot better recently having only lost one of their last 5, but are still sitting 3rd from bottom and look in deep trouble. Seven points from safety and five games left it will be difficult for Gary Owers to rescue his side from the drop.

Fylde on the other hand need the points to stay in that top seven. Having only lost three of their last ten, last year’s National League North Champions will be hoping to have a chance at promotion for a successive season.

Fylde are this season’s top scorers with a very impressive 78 goals scored, eleven more than any other side. With Danny Rowe banging in goals for fun the Torquay defence may struggle to make any ground up at the bottom of the table from this game.

The other matches include:

  • Barrow v Eastleigh
  • Chester v Bromley
  • Guiseley v Dagenham and Redbridge
  • Maidenhead United v Woking
  • Tranmere Rovers v Gateshead

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