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Posted by Matt Howitt
Posted on Thu 19 Oct 2017
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Another weekend and another round of National League fixtures to look forward to. The Shaymen welcome the challenge of Torquay on Saturday as the away side look to lift themselves from the bottom of the table. Halifax, on the other hand, will be looking to close the 6-point gap between themselves and league leaders Macclesfield Town.

Macclesfield themselves have the tough test of an away trip to Leyton Orient in what looks to be an enticing encounter. The home side sit in a rather disappointing 17th place but it will not be an easy trip for the table toppers. The Silkmen know they must be wary of teams behind them, with Dover and Woking only a point behind them.

A near top of the table clash sees Dover take on Bromley who will be looking to cement their place in the playoff spots as they sit in 7th ahead of this tie. As mentioned before, Dover sit a point off the top and know they must be on their game in case Macclesfield slip up and will be looking for a victory here to keep the pressure on. Ryan Bird will be looking to add to his personal tally as he sits two goals behind top scorer Corey Whiteley of Dagenham and Redbridge who has 8.

The Daggers have a tough test as the playoff positions collide as 6th place takes on 5th place Wrexham in what should be a very close game. Both sides look strong this season, especially Wrexham who have not suffered defeat in their last five games, with three draws and two wins and will be hoping they can extend that unbeaten run this weekend.

Woking, being in a similar situation to Dover, will also be looking to keep up their pursuit of Macclesfield as they travel to 7th placed Bromley who have won their last two games on the bounce. However, Woking have won four out of their last five games in the National League recently and look very dangerous so Bromley have a tough task on their hands here.

At the other end of the table, an early relegation clash sees Solihull Moors face off against Guiseley. No wins in five for both sides and only three wins between them, a must win game for both sides as they look to lift themselves out of the drop zone. Early days but both sides need to be picking up points soon.

Elsewhere in the relegation zone, just creeping in are Chester who sit just one point away from safety and they will be hoping they can distance themselves from the drop as they welcome Boreham Wood to the Deva Stadium. Boreham Wood will be looking to climb from the middle of the table and close the gap on Halifax who sit one place above them in the National League this season.

Last weekend’s opposition, Tranmere, who were victorious in their FA Cup clash with Town will be hoping they can replicate that performance in the league, starting with Aldershot this weekend. Tranmere sit in 15th but incredibly find themselves only 3 points from the playoff places. Speaking of which, Aldershot will also be hoping they can squeeze into these places, as they sit a bit closer in 8th, just one position away and a win could see them jump up to as high as 5th if results are favourable.

A lower end of the table tie sees Gateshead take on Eastleigh and it’s another must win game for both sides if they want to ensure they don’t get dragged into a relegation dog fight later in the season. 16th and 18th respectively, and only one win between them in their last five games each, it will be of massive importance for both sides to secure the three points and try and push on.

Another side that could find themselves slipping into the fray is Barrow who sit in 20th place, precariously close to falling into the bottom four. No wins in 5 and just a point safe means that their game against Ebbsfleet United this weekend is looking a whole lot more difficult. An Ebbsfleet side that have hit a good patch of form too, with only one loss in their last five which includes three victories.

Finally, fourth placed Sutton make the trip to Hartlepool as they look to keep up the pressure on the top three. Only two points off the top, results elsewhere could see them go top if they can pick up a win here against a Hartlepool side that come into this game with two wins in their last two.

 

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