Preview: Big Night in National League

Tonight sees some big games involving teams at both ends of the Vanarama National League.

National-League-montage-webThere are eleven matches this evening, arguably the biggest of which is at Hayes Lane where fourth placed Bromley host second placed Cheltenham Town. Mark Goldberg’s Lilywhites battered Barrow 5-0 on Saturday with five different scorers, and will be looking to take that form into tonight’s match. Cheltenham are five points behind leaders Forest Green Rovers after drawing at Gateshead at the weekend. Defeat for either side in this match could be hugely damaging for their title challenge.

Speaking of FGR, they have a tough looking trip to eleventh placed Eastleigh, knowing a win could potentially extend their lead to seven points, obviously depending on results elsewhere. A win for Eastleigh could propel them towards the playoff places. Back to back 3-0 wins have got Rovers’ season back on track after a run of five without a win. They had, of course, won a record nine in a row to start the campaign. Eastleigh, meanwhile, recorded an excellent 2-1 win at Tranmere Rovers to end the longest unbeaten streak in the division; Tranmere had gone nine without defeat before this one.

That shock defeat dropped Tranmere to fifth, and they have another home match tonight, as Barrow arrive at Prenton Park fresh from that thumping at Bromley. Third placed Dover Athletic travel to Essex to face the best defence in the division. Braintree Town have conceded just twelve goals in sixteen games, but have also only netted eighteen times. They currently sit ninth, four points behind their visitors.

At the bottom, there is a huge match at Moss Lane, where Altrincham host bottom club Kidderminster Harriers. Kiddie have failed to register a single win yet this season, but will hope that new manager Dave Hockaday will be able to arrest that awful run in this match. Hockaday’s first match at the helm saw them lose 2-1 at Macclesfield, but after a few days working with the players, along with a few loan signings, he will maybe feel that his reign really begins now. Alty lost at Aldershot at the weekend, their second straight defeat, but they will feel confident of adding to Kiddy’s misery.

FC Halifax Town’s awful season sees them sit above Kiddy, but tonight they travel to promotion hopefuls Grimsby Town. The seventh placed Mariners boast some exciting attacking talent, and will fancy themselves to be too powerful for the Shaymen.

The fixtures in full:

Altrincham v Kidderminster Harriers
Boreham Wood v Aldershot Town
Braintree Town v Dover Athletic
Bromley v Cheltenham Town
Eastleigh v Forest Green Rovers
Grimsby Town v FC Halifax Town
Macclesfield Town v Gateshead
Southport v Chester FC
Tranmere Rovers v Barrow
Welling United v Lincoln City
Woking v Torquay United

One game takes place on Wednesday evening, when Wrexham host Guiseley.


About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

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