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Posted by Ben Rowland
Posted on Fri 5 Oct 2018
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Aldershot Town (19th) v FC Halifax Town (10th)

The Shaymen travel down to Southwest London to face struggling Aldershot Town. Halifax are looking to build on a positive 2-2 draw against Bromley after Jordan Preston buried his second goal of the season with a very late equaliser.

Halifax picked up three points at The Electrical Services Stadium last year when Scott McManus scored the only goal of the game. Halifax then held on to clinch the points while trying to escape the relegation zone. Hopefully, Jamie Fullarton’s side can once again take all three points away from Aldershot to get back towards the top of the table.

Barnet (13th) v Solihull Moors (5th)

Barnet host Solihull Moors looking to return to form after they go 4 games without a win. At the start of the season the team that were relegated from the Football League struggled to win, their 5 opening fixtures saw them without a win and only two points on the board. However, after that, they won their following 5 boosting their position in the table. Recently, they’ve dropped in the table to 13th, once again struggling for a win.

Solihull will be looking for to take all three points away from London as they look to apply pressure on the 4 teams above them. The top 5 are all separated by 2 points, giving Solihull a chance to leapfrog Wrexham, Harrogate, Leyton Orient and Salford to go top.

Barrow (14th) v Sutton United (6th)

Sutton are the team chasing the top 5 as they sit two points off Solihull. After they overcame then league leaders Leyton Orient 1-0, they’ll be looking to continue their fine form to apply further pressure on teams at the very top.

Jack Hindle was used as a substitute by Barrow at the weekend as they beat Dover 2-0 away from home. Hindle scored both the goals in the second half, to secure Barrow’s first away win of the season.

Braintree Town (24th) v Eastleigh (11th)

Braintree sit at the bottom of the table, still with only 1 win to their names. Eastleigh are unbeaten in 5 so this will be difficult for the home side on Saturday.

Chesterfield (20th) v AFC Fylde (7th)

Fylde have the best defensive record in the league, only conceding 7 goals in twice as many games. Whereas Chesterfield haven’t won in 11 games, after winning their first 3. The former league 2 side have recently signed former Halifax striker, Tom Denton to try and add more goals to their side.

Dover Athletic (23rd) v Salford City (1st)

Salford will look to continue their impressive start to Vanarama National League life. Having won their last 6 games Salford now sit at the top of the table, looking to stay there until the end of the season.

Dover will be the latest team looking to stop the league leaders. However, without a win in ten games, Salford will be looking to win this one.

Maidenhead United (16th) v Leyton Orient (2nd)

Leyton Orient lost their first game of the season at the weekend as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Sutton. That result saw them lose their spot at the top of the table and drop to second. Justin Edinburgh will be hoping to create more chances against Maidenhead and get back to scoring, and more importantly, winning ways.

Wrexham (4th) v Havant & Waterlooville (21st)

Wrexham haven’t lost at home this season after they secured a 1-0 win against Barnet last weekend. Wrexham have stayed near the top for the ongoing of the season so far and they’ll have no intention to drop down. A win here will see them keep up their impressive start.

Ebbsfleet United (15th) v Harrogate Town (3rd)

Gateshead (9th) v Dagenham & Redbridge (22nd)

Hartlepool United (8th) v Boreham Wood (12th)

Maidstone United (18th) v Bromley (17th)

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