A busy December period for all teams in the National League and that continues with another round of league fixtures this Saturday. Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming ties:
Halifax make the trip down to Aldershot this weekend as they look to end their poor run of form against a strong Aldershot side who sit comfortably in 4th place in the National League. The home side have not conceded in their last four league games and will be looking for another 3 points to close the gap on the top 3.
Struggling Leyton Orient are also a side looking to prevent themselves slipping down the table even further as they are looking for their first win in an astonishing 15 games. However, they face Sutton United who have only lost 1 of their last 7 and won 4 of their last 5, not statistics that Leyton Orient fans will be wanting to hear. To make matters worse for Leyton Orient, Sutton sit top of the National League and will need a win to fend off the challenge of Wrexham in 2nd.
Speaking of Wrexham, they travel to Macclesfield for a mouth-watering 2nd vs 3rd clash in a must win game for both sides. Wrexham sit level on points with Sutton on 42 with Macclesfield slightly off the pace with 41 but three points will be huge for both sides. Macclesfield’s form has faltered slightly with only one win in their last four however they are right on the tail of the top two.
The last side making up the top five is Dover, who have suffered a substantial dip in form which has seen them slip from top position in the National League. They haven’t won in 4 and as a result have seem them fall out of the tight battle at the top. However, they have a chance to claw their way back into contention if results go their way and they can overcome a resilient Hartlepool side whose indifferent form see them sitting in mid table. Ryan Bird will be hoping he can grab a few goals for Dover also to get him back to the top of the goal scorer charts, as he sits 2 behind Danny Rowe of Fylde.
No doubt Rowe’s goal scoring form is a huge reason why Fylde’s form has peaked slightly in recent weeks. Four wins from their last five including big results such as their 1-0 win over Dover last weekend and a 2-0 win against Wrexham a few weeks prior see them now some distance clear of the relegation zone. They face Boreham Wood who will still have their eyes on a playoff spot as they sit in 8th and are also unbeaten in 10 which makes them a dark horse for those positions this season.
Also eyeing up the playoff spots come the end of the season will be Maidstone, although they currently occupy the 10th spot in the league so they still have some way to go.They face a Maidenhead side in a tie where both teams will be looking to turn their form around. Maidstone haven’t won in three however Maidenhead haven’t won in 6 which gives the former a slight advantage going into this fixture however both teams will be looking to get back to winnings ways as soon as possible.
Dagenham and Redbridge are one of the sides that currently sit in one of the playoff positions, as they find themselves in 6th position in the league. Three wins from their last three has no doubt been putting smiles on their fans faces and they will be looking to make it four as they take on a Barrow side who’s form has been up and down to say the least. Four wins and four losses in their last 8 sees them sit in 18th and those four wins have not been enough to distance themselves from the relegation zone.
Bromley sit just below Dagenham in 7th and know if they better Dagenham’s result they can leap frog them into 6th and the side in their way is Eastleigh, who have not won in 6 games. Bromley, on the other hand, have only lost one of their last 6 which is promising news for the away side as they go into this fixture. This inconsistent form sees Eastleigh sit in 19th place and this continued poor form could easily see them slip even deeper into a relegation battle.
The other fixtures taking place are as follows:
Ebbsfleet vs Guiseley
Chester vs Solihull Moors
Tranmere vs Torquay
Gateshead vs Woking
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