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Posted by Ben Rowland
Posted on Mon 6 Aug 2018
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FC Halifax Town v Barrow

The MBi Shay Stadium will be host for its first game of the season as Barrow play visitors to FC Halifax Town.

Both sides picked up the three points in the opening weekend of the season with The Shaymen obviously putting in a tremendous display away at Braintree Town, and Barrow coming out on top in a 3-0 win over Havant and Waterlooville.

Jack Hindle is the only player to score more than one goal in the league so far this season, so the Halifax defence will have to be cautious when defending against him.

Barrow are the table toppers right now, although only one game has been played and I’m sure not many people will look into this factor too much.

Gateshead v Salford City

The only other team equal to Halifax’s goal difference after the first fixture were Gateshead.

The most northern side in the League won 3-1 away at Maidenhead to see them level in the table with The Shaymen.

They also have their first home game of the season, as they welcome Salford City to the International Stadium.

Salford drew 1-1 with Leyton Orient live on BT Sport in their first game in the National League, after winning promotion from the Northern Division last year.

Wrexham v Fylde

Former Halifax player Mike Fondop-Talom was on target as he scored the only goal as the Welsh side beat Dover on the opening day of the season.

Fylde were also opening day winners as they won 2-1 against Bromley, with Danny Rowe obviously getting on the scoresheet.

Wrexham will have to bring some of their defensive stability from last year if they want to hold out one of the hottest strikers in the National League in this tie.

Chesterfield v Aldershot

Chesterfield impressed in their first game since they dropped out of the Football League on the opening day of the season.

They beat one of the strong contenders for promotion this year, Ebbsfleet, 1-0 to give themselves a flying start to the season.

Another tough game up second though for Martin Allen’s side. They face another strong side, Aldershot with The Shots looking to challenge at the top of the table again this year.

Havant & Waterlooville v Boreham Wood

The newly promoted Havant & Waterlooville continue their difficult start to life as National League contenders as they host another team who will be looking to challenge again this year.

Boreham Wood managed a win on the opening day of the season with one of their stars, Balanta, scoring the only goal as they beat Dagenham and Redbridge.

With the home side already bottom of the league after their defeat to Barrow, it will be difficult for the Hampshire side to register a point in this game either.

Barnet v Braintree

Another team who really struggled on the opening day of the season, Braintree, will be looking to get a point away at former Football League side, Barnet, on Tuesday.

With Braintree being dominated on the opening day of the season against The Shaymen, Barnet will be looking to inflict more misery on the Essex side as Barnet are also looking for their first win after a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

All the other games:

Bromley v Dover Athletic

Dagenham and Redbridge v Maidstone United

Hartlepool United v Harrogate Town

Leyton Orient v Ebbsfleet United

Solihull Moors v Maidenhead United

Sutton United v Eastleigh

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