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Vanarama National League Preview

Posted by Lewis Tomlinson
Posted on Thu 6 Sep 2018
Posted in League

This week’s Vanarama National league action is headlined by the clash between FC Halifax Town and Leyton Orient at the MBi Shay Stadium. The O’s are still unbeaten after nine league games and only goal difference keeps them off top spot, but will face a stern test against Jamie Fullarton’s men, who have yet to drop a single point at home.

League leaders Harrogate Town welcome another newly promoted side in Havant & Waterlooville to CNG Stadium. Their fortunes so far couldn’t be more different however; with Simon Weaver’s side moving to the head of the table on Tuesday after a late winner against Gateshead. The Hawks, however, lie in the relegation zone with only solitary win to their name.

Chesterfield’s failure to take a point from any of their last six games has seen The Spireites plummet to 17th in the table. They’ll be hoping for better on Saturday at home to 23rd placed Dover Athletic, who have conceded the most goals in the league.

Salford City’s heavily publicised decision to bring Adam Rooney to the Peninsula Stadium in the summer was one that certainly raised a few eyebrows in the footballing world, but so far the move seems to be paying off as the former Aberdeen man sits top of the goal scoring charts. He’ll spearhead the Ammies on Saturday at home to Maidstone United, who have lost both games since Jay Saunders left the club almost two weeks ago.

Braintree Town are the only team in the division still yet to record a victory this season and The Iron lie bottom of the table. It’s another tough test for Brad Quinton’s men on Saturday, as they welcome promotion chasing Wrexham to Cressing Road.

Braintree’s most recent conquerors Dagenham & Redbridge make the long journey north to Barrow, and the Daggers will be hoping they can build from gaining their first victory of the season midweek.

AFC Fylde tasted defeat for the first time this season against Salford on Tuesday, but Dave Challinor will be hoping his side fare better when they travel to Eastleigh this weekend. Elsewhere in Hampshire, Aldershot Town play host to Bromley.

Both Maidenhead United and Barnet are unbeaten in their last four games, so both sides are likely to fancy their chances of gaining all three points when the clubs meet at York Road on Saturday.

Solihull Moors and Hartlepool can both be content with the 16 points they have gained so far this season and will look to add to their tally in their game at Damson Park.

The evening kick-off is between two sides who look evenly matched on paper; 11th placed Ebbsfleet United and 12th placed Gateshead.

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