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Posted by Max Hunter
Posted on Fri 31 Aug 2018
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FC Halifax travel back down to the capital to face Sutton United this Saturday in the National League. Sutton are currently sitting in ninth position after a 2-1 defeat away at Aldershot Town on Monday. The Shaymen head into this weekend’s round of fixtures top of the league, after a 1-0 victory over Gateshead on Monday.

Sutton will be without defender Jamie Collins who was sent off after 28 minutes at Aldershot on Monday on his return to the club where he spent a season playing for The Shots. Jamie Fullarton’s side head into the fixture with injuries to Michael Duckworth, Niall Maher, Ryan Sellers and Josh Staunton.

Nipping at Towns tail is Wrexham only one point behind in second place. The North Wales side lost their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 loss to Solihull Moors putting a run of no win in three games to bed. Wrexham return to The Racecourse Ground welcoming Aldershot Town, Wrexham’s joint second highest scorer with five goals and former Shaymen striker Mike Fondop-Talom looking to put Wrexham back to winning ways. Solihull moved up to seventh in the league joining a host of teams on 13 points after the 1-0 win over Wrexham. Moors will be looking for consecutive victories after not being able to do so since winning their first three games, they travel away to Barrow.
Mid-table Barrow have come off the back of a 3-1 away defeat to Salford City. Initially taking the lead a quickfire double from Salford knocked the stuffing out of Barrow leaving a comfortable victory for The Ammies.

Only three sides remain undefeated so far in the National League, AFC Fylde, Harrogate Town and Leyton Orient. Fylde hosted Harrogate on Saturday evening to play out a 0-0 draw. Fylde travel to Ebbsfleet United this Saturday. Ebbsfleet have won their last three games since losing to Sutton on the 14th.
National League newcomers Harrogate Town will play host to Eastleigh at Wetherby Road. Harrogate will be wanting to continue this blistering start they’re on, especially after they were some people’s favourites to go straight back down.
Leyton Orient had a convincing 3-0 win over Dover Athletic who have the worse defensive record in the league conceding 17 goals in their seven games. Disappointed not to get back to the Football League at the first time of asking last season Orient will be very pleased to the start they have made. Recently relegated Chesterfield are this weekend’s opposition for The O’s. Things aren’t getting better for Chesterfield after last season’s relegation, The Spireites have lost their previous four games after winning their first three games of the season. It is going to be a tough ask for Chesterfield only the two bottom sides Braintree and Dagenham & Redbridge are on poorer form.

Braintree’s return to the National League has been far from what manager Brad Quinton would’ve wanted only getting draws against Barnet and Hartlepool. Braintree will look to turn this form around when they travel to Boreham Wood. Boreham got a maximum six points out of six from the bank holiday weekend beating The Shaymen with a late penalty and away down in Maidstone. The Wood will be looking to make it three wins in a row after not having the winning feeling since the first day of the season.
Dagenham & Redbridge are with the one solitary point to their name courtesy of a 2-2 draw against Maidenhead. This weekend they play National League North Champions and joint top scorers with 12 goals Salford City. Dagenham & Redbridge have lost their last four whereas Salford are unbeaten in four winning three.

 

 

Hartlepool United have finally got going this season winning their last three games after not winning at all until the fifth game against Maidenhead. They play National League new boys and the second worse defence in the league Havant & Waterlooville. The Hawks have conceded 16 goals on four occasions they have conceded three or more goals in a single match. The National League South Champions have one win to their name against Braintree but have proven themselves against the league’s form sides with draws against Boreham Wood, Fylde and Salford.

Another team that’s just got going is Barnet. Going into the bank holiday weekend The Bees had two points to their name but wins against Chesterfield and Dagenham & Redbridge have moved them up to a healthier 17th position. They travel to Dover; The Whites will be looking to end their run of three losses in a row and hope to start heading up the table.

Maidenhead had a successful bank holiday celebrating with a maximum six points against Braintree and Maidstone it stopped two successive losses getting worse. Bromley will be travelling to Maidenhead in confident spirits been undefeated in three winning two of them.

FC Halifax’s most recent opponents have been without a win in four games now and has seen them slip down to 11th in the league after winning their first three games of the season. The Tynesiders will be looking to recover that form from earlier in the month, they welcome Maidstone United to the north east. Completing the 612-mile round trip it may not be a happy trip for Maidstone United with four losses out of five matches. Also, with the recent departure of long serving manager Jay Saunders the advantage is certainly with Gateshead.

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