Five Things You May Have Missed In The National League

1 week ago By Steven Coney

The Vanarama National League is the gift that just keeps on giving. Just when you think things may just start calming down, we're treated to an action-packed weekend!

It was another Saturday jam-packed with big results, big goals and big talking points up and down our divisions.

There was plenty to keep your eye on so here are five things you may have missed across the National League…

Macclesfield show they’re up for the fight

Things have not been easy for the Silkmen of late. They drew at home against Solihull Moors and Torquay United and were thrashed 6-0 at AFC Fylde. And that’s without mentioning the off-field issues as well. But John Askey’s side reacted in perfect fashion by grinding out a victory over Guiseley to return to top spot. Just the small matter of a trip to Aldershot up next!

Is another Torquay great escape on the cards?

It’s not a National League season without a Torquay United great escape. Their manager might have changed but their spirit hasn’t. When the going gets tough, Torquay get going. From seemingly out of nowhere, the Gulls have drawn at Macclesfield and beaten Barrow and Maidenhead. They’re now just four points off safety.

Away results could decide where the National League title goes

Home games are crucial, of course, but getting points in those tricky away trips will prove the difference come the end of the season. Aldershot won at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, Boreham Wood overcame Eastleigh and Tranmere took a point home from Leyton Orient. It’s starting to get very, very tight.

Is it now a two-horse race in the National League North?

Brackley certainly wouldn’t agree but their 3-0 defeat at Blyth on Saturday will start the alarm bells ringing for some. Salford slipped up at York and Harrogate’s victory at struggling Leamington saw them close the gap at the top to just two points. Brackley still have the FA Trophy to contend with - will that play a part?

Things aren’t getting any clearer in the South

It’s the league nobody wants to win! The top two, Dartford and Hampton & Richmond, both dropped points again on Saturday and the gap between the Darts and eighth-place Braintree is just seven points. Havant & Waterlooville are likely considered favourites right now but they’ve got to win their games in hand. Will one club go and take charge or are we destined for late-season drama?

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