Big Night Of Action Ahead In The National League

By Steven Coney

They’re not in action tonight but Macclesfield Town will be watching the scores closely - they could be crowned champions.

Tranmere Rovers’ visit to Dover Athletic is the crucial game for the Silkmen. John Askey’s side know a Dover win at Crabble would secure the title but a draw or Tranmere win would take it to Saturday.

It’s a vital game for Dover as they look to climb back into the top seven whilst Rovers will want to make life as difficult as they can for Macclesfield.

The Whites could be right on the tail of Aldershot Town if they beat Tranmere and the Shots have a game themselves tonight against Gateshead.

Mid-table Heed will be playing with freedom now but Gary Waddock’s side desperately need to find some form from somewhere. Just two wins in seven National League games has seen their promotion push stalled in recent weeks.

Ebbsfeet United could end the day in seventh if they are victorious and other results go for them. They face a trip to Eastleigh - another side in mid-table who will be keen to throw a few spanners in the works.

Another side with outside play-off hopes are Bromley. All they can do is keep winning to put pressure on those above them but a home game against Dagenham & Redbridge - improving in recent weeks - will be a stern test.

There are also crucial games at the bottom of the table. Barrow could plunge Woking into the bottom four if they win at bottom club Guiseley.

A win for the Bluebirds would see them climb out of the bottom four and officially relegate the Lions.

Hartlepool United will also be desperate for a win as they host Leyton Orient. One more victory would see Pools safe but Orient - fresh from crashing Macclesfield’s title party - will want to finish the season strong.

Tuesday’s final game comes from York Road as Maidenhead United - looking to finish as high up the table as possible - welcome Sutton United.

The U’s may be out of the title race but Paul Doswell will be keen to see his side get back to their best before the play-offs take centre stage.

Tuesday’s fixtures:

Aldershot Town v Gateshead
Bromley v Dagenham & Redbridge
Dover Athletic v Tranmere Rovers
Eastleigh v Ebbsfleet United
Guiseley v Barrow
Hartlepool United v Leyton Orient
Maidenhead United v Sutton United

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