The Weekend Starts Here! So What's In Store On Saturday?

By Sam Elliott

The sixth Saturday of the season brings us matchday 11 - and plenty of games of interest.

We’ll be as good as a quarter of the way through the new campaign once the dust settles on this weekend’s games, so who will it be sitting in first place?

The top three are realistically the ones who are in with a shout and the leaders are hoping new manager syndrome doesn’t kick in.

Maidstone United host Harrogate Town with the Stones now under the charge of Harry Wheeler. He couldn’t have asked for a more demanding start, and says that the first five minutes on Saturday will set the tone.

Leyton Orient have still not lost - though they still haven’t tasted life at the top of the National League!

To do that they really need to beat Barnet at home. Not so long ago, that would have seemed a formality. Not now.

John Still has recovered from a rocky start and his team have won their last four. A noteworthy win in his native East London should see the Bees into the play-off pack.

Second-place Wrexham are far from perfect according to manager Sam Ricketts, but his players can answer a lot of his questions with a win over Ebbsfleet United.

Although their recent form is iffy, the Fleet are very good on the road and will be happy to get away from the Kuflink Stadium where they’ve only earned three points so far.

A lot needs to go Hartlepool United’s way for them to be top come Saturday night but they will be favourites to beat Eastleigh at Victoria Park.

Winless Braintree badly need a victory, and they are only losing by the odd goal. Gateshead away is perhaps not where they would pick to be this weekend after the Heed's great BT Sport win at Ebbsfleet.

Boreham Wood welcome Barrow looking to make it four wins from five.

Aldershot hope a late victory over Bromley can act as their season’s turning point but to build on that they will need to go to AFC Fylde and come away with something.

Salford City did just that recently, and Graham Alexander will hope to carry on their great run when they visit Bromley.

FC Halifax continue to impress under Jamie Fullarton, they will be put to the test by Maidenhead United and the in-form Josh Kelly.

Dover manager Chris Kinnear doesn’t think his side will be in the bottom four for much longer and they can make strides if they win at home to Solihull Moors.

Havant & Waterlooville and Sutton United should provide goals as former Eastleigh manager Paul Doswell takes his team to West Leigh Park.

National League fixtures September 15:
AFC Fylde v Aldershot
Boreham Wood v Barrow
Bromley v Salford City
Dagenham & Red v Chesterfield
Dover Athletic v Solihull Moors
Gateshead v Braintree Town
Hartlepool United v Eastleigh
Havant & W v Sutton United
Leyton Orient v Barnet
Maidenhead United v FC Halifax
Maidstone United v Harrogate Town
Wrexham v Ebbsfleet United

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