It’s going to be an action-packed weekend of football in the Vanarama National League as all 24 teams will play twice in the space of four days. Here is your Vanarama National League preview for Friday 19th April 2019.
The Shaymen will travel to the North East to take on Hartlepool United. Both sides sit level on 53 points but it’s Town’s superior goal difference that sees them sit just one place above Hartlepool in the league table.
League leaders Leyton Orient host Harrogate Town in what should be a tightly contested affair. If Harrogate win, they will almost certainly seal their place in the playoffs, but Orient won’t want the chance of automatic promotion and a league title to slip through their fingers.
Salford City currently sit in 2nd place and just two points behind Orient, they will be looking to try and punish Orient if they slip up with a win away against Boreham Wood. City will be feeling confident after their 3-1 home win against Boreham Wood earlier in the season and will be looking to take six points from their opponents.
Solihull Moors are arguably this season’s surprise package and they are currently just one place and one point behind Salford. If both Salford and Leyton Orient were to lose and Solihull manage to win away against Bromley, they could find themselves top of the table by the end of the day; it’s that tight at the top.
Ebbsfleet United must win their away game against relegated Havant & Waterlooville if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. They are currently four points behind Eastleigh in seventh place who travel to Dagenham & Redbridge.
Gateshead have an outside chance of making the playoffs, but they need results to go their way. Anything other than a win for the North East side could see their hopes ended and it will be a tricky task against in-form Chesterfield.
After Maidenhead United secured their Vanarama National League status last weekend, they host Barrow on Friday with neither side having anything left to play for.
At the bottom of the table, 24th placed Maidstone United welcome 23rd placed Braintree Town to The Gallagher Stadium. With both teams already relegated, personal pride is to play for with neither club wanting to finish bottom of the league.
Elsewhere in the Vanarama National League, Dover host Aldershot, Barnet travel to AFC Fylde and Wrexham take on Barnet.
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