Five Things We Learned From The National League Weekend

1 year ago By Steven Coney

It was another weekend of big wins, big goals and big talking points across the Vanarama National League.

The weather was beaten by the majority of our clubs and they warmed up spectators with some breathtaking action.

We’ve gone through the results across the three divisions and picked out five things we can take from another busy weekend.

AFC Fylde are coasting!

The form side in the National League having won five out of six but still, nobody quite expected their thrashing of leaders Macclesfield on Saturday. Dave Challinor’s side have fired an extremely loud warning shot with their 6-0 demolition. They’re just two points adrift of the top seven now and have a game in hand. Fylde are firing on all cylinders!

The play-off race will go down to the wire

It’s not just Fylde who are itching to break into the top seven. Ebbsfleet and resurgent Eastleigh are not far away and Dagenham & Redbridge need to turn things around if they’re to make it back into the play-off places. Then we’ve got Boreham Wood who slipped to eighth after defeat to Dover Athletic. Wood are just five points off second-placed Aldershot Town - it’s going to be tight!

It’s going to take an almighty effort for Torquay to survive again

The Gulls have just about got their heads above water in the previous two campaigns and they’re going to need another herculean effort to remain in the National League this time around. Gary Owers’ side were comfortably beaten by Bromley at home on Saturday and now have the worst goal difference in the division. Torquay must hope their recent signings hit the ground running - and fast.

Salford’s ‘blip’ is definitely over

Just when you thought the Ammies were starting to slow down, they defy the critics once more and give themselves some breathing room. A run of four games without a win around Christmas and New Year gave their nearest rivals a sniff. But the 2-1 victory over second-placed Harrogate Town on Saturday sent Salford 11 points clear in National League North. It’s theirs to lose again.

Whitehawk’s great escape is becoming more likely by the game

Hawks wins are starting to become like London buses. You wait ages for one and then three come along at once! It may have taken them until January 1 to notch their first victory of the season but they’ve now made it three wins in four games! Their most recent victims, Truro City, are challenging at the top end of the table and their boss Lee Hodges praised the Hawks’ quality. They’re still 12 points adrift of safety but you wouldn’t bet against them pulling it off!

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