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Posted on Thu 7 Sep 2017
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FC Halifax Town entertain Maidenhead United at the MBi Shay Stadium on Saturday. Here we have a look at the other games in our league this weekend:

Aldershot vs Dover

Two of the top six go head-to-head this weekend as fifth-placed Aldershot Town face sixth-placed Dover Athletic with either side able to go top of the division with victory at The Electrical Services Stadium.

Despite their healthy league positions, both teams are struggling for form as of late. Aldershot have lost two of their last five matches whilst Dover have won just one of their previous four fixtures.

Expect a low scoring affair in Hampshire as neither side have scored twice or more in their last four games.

Boreham Wood vs Leyton Orient

The weekend’s only London derby sees Boreham United looking for a return to the play-off places when they face second-placed Leyton Orient at Meadow Park.

Orient head into the game as the form side in this fixture having won three of their last four matches, including an impressive 4-1 thrashing of Guiseley in which striker Maculey Bonne scored a hat-trick to become the joint top-scorer in the division.

The O’s will also take confidence from their strong away record which has seen them defeat Maidenhead and Woking in their last two away trips.

Meanwhile, Boreham Wood fell out of the top seven last weekend following a second straight loss away to Barrow and could rise to fifth with three points.

Chester vs Ebbsfleet United

15th placed will be aiming to maintain their undefeated record in the league when they travel to bottom four side Chester this weekend.

Newly promoted Ebbsfleet have made a strong start to life back in non-league’s top flight with one win and seven draws from their first eight matches making them only one of two sides still unbeaten.

For Chester, victory over Ebbsfleet could see them overtake the Kent-club and move out of the relegation places.

AFC Fylde vs Bromley

Mid-table Bromley will be eager to end their three-game losing streak when they visit Fylde’s Mill Farm this weekend.

Bromley have dropped from second to 13th in the past fortnight following defeats to Dagenham (5-1), Sutton (1-0) and Wrexham (2-0), their first defeats of the season.

Similarly, Fylde manager Dave Challinor will be hopeful that his side can his side can bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to FC Halifax Town at The MBi Shay Stadium last weekend in which they conceded their goal lead.

Guiseley vs Eastleigh

Likewise to Bromley, Guiseley will be looking to prevent a fourth straight loss when they host an in-form Eastleigh at Nethermoor Park.

Losses to Halifax, Hartlepool and Leyton Orient have left Guiseley in 22nd at the start of September, having picked up just five points from eight matches.

Having gone unbeaten in their first three at Nethermoor Park, the Lions will be looking to capitalise on home advantage against an Eastleigh side yet to win on their travels this season.

Hartlepool vs Dagenham & Redbridge

League leaders Dagenham & Redbridge will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season when they travel to the North East to take on Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.

Dagenham have won four and drawn four of their opening eight fixtures to top the table ahead of Leyton Orient on a superior goal difference and they’ll be looking to open up a gap between themselves and Orient with a victory this weekend.

However, Hartlepool should prove a stern test for the Daggers despite their lowly league position of 20th. After going winless in their first six matches, Craig Harrison’s side have won back-to-back in the last week with victories over Maidstone United and Guiseley and will be looking for an upset third successive win in East London.

Maidstone vs Woking

Woking could move into the top three with a third consecutive victory away to 19th placed Maidstone on Saturday.

The Surrey side have connivingly beaten both Torquay (4-1) and Macclesfield (3-1) in their last two matches, meaning they sit ninth after round eight of the season.

Woking boss Anthony Limbrick will be hopeful that his side can earn their first clean sheet of the season having conceded 13 goals in eight games thus far in the campaign.

Meanwhile, Maidstone will provide a strong challenge for Woking given that they are currently unbeaten at home with one win and three draws at The Gallagher Stadium this season.

Solihull vs Macclesfield

Solihull will be bidding for their first home victory of the season when they take on Macclesfield Town at Damson Park this weekend.

Five defeats in their first seven matches have left Solihull second from bottom in the league table and four points adrift of safety from the relegation places.

Meanwhile, Macclesfield could go as high as fifth in the table with a victory in the Midlands which would be third win in their last four matches.

Sutton vs Gateshead

Sutton United will be aiming to maintain their push for the top three places when they host Gateshead at the Borough Sports Ground this weekend.

Sutton topped the table last weekend, however a 2-0 home defeat to Maidenhead saw them fall to fourth place.

Meanwhile, Gateshead could move within just a point of the London outfit with a victory in the capital. However having scored just once in their last three matches, they’ll be hoping to end their goal draught with their fans hoping last season’s top-scorer Danny Johnson can improve his record of just one goal in seven appearances.

Torquay vs Wrexham

Manager-less Torquay United host third-placed Wrexham as the Gulls remain searching for their first victory of the season.

Torquay have been without a manager for three weeks since the sacking of player-manager Kevin Nicholson at the end of the August and they remain winless in their first eight matches, leaving them bottom of the table.

The Gulls came agonisingly close to defeating Chester last weekend with Alex Lynch’s 92nd minute equaliser denying them the three points.

United face a tough test against Wrexham who have won all of their last three games without conceding a goal and can boast the joint best defensive record in the division, conceding just five goals in eight matches.

Tranmere vs Barrow

Last season’s play-off finalists Tranmere Rovers will be looking to put their season back on track when they take on Barrow at Prenton Park.

Tranmere have started the campaign slowly with just two wins from their first eight matches to leave them in 18th position and just two points above the relegation zone.

Rovers will take confidence from their most recent meeting with Barrow at Prenton Park which was them thrash the Cumbrian side 5-1 in an FA Trophy quarter-final in February.

Meanwhile, Barrow are yet to win away from home this season with defeats to Fylde and Dagenham on the road thus far.

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