Can Chesterfield Be Unsaddled To Give The Title Race Legs?

By Sam Elliott

After last year’s excitement, many are asking if the National League title chase is already more of a one-horse race.

Chesterfield now boast an eight point advantage - and the contenders can’t seem to find any form at all.

Eastleigh can, they're scoring goals too. Paul McCallum returns to his old club on the back of a 15-goal season so far as the leaders try to really put their foot down with three more home points.

Barnet need to recover quickly from a “far from perfect ten days” according to their manager Dean Brennan.

But they wouldn’t have picked at derby game at Wealdstone to get their title challenge up and running again.

Of course Oldham Athletic provided the latest blow to the Bees with a deadly display on Wednesday.

Micky Mellon wants a first home win, his team play Ebbsfleet United, and he said: “It’s been a good few days down south and we want to see what we can do at home. We’ve probably deserve to win both games here since I arrived but we had to make do with a draw in each.”

Bromley were stunned by Aldershot’s turn around at Hayes Lane - now they need to get things right on the road, starting at Hartlepool United.

York City were boosted by a solid display against Oxford City in midweek but Maidenhead United always seem to turn a potential struggle into something positive - they’re moving away from the drop zone with three wins from five.

There’s another live TNT Sports offering and it’s an early one as the cameras head to AFC Fylde, who welcome Dorking Wanderers for a midday start.

Gateshead looked to be seriously damaged by Mike Williamson’s exit but three wins in a row has changed all that - a home game against Southend United offers them the chance to put pressure on the teams above them.

The last things Solihull Moors wanted after a testing few days is a trip to Altrincham. It’s a clash of the clubs in the promotion places.

Rochdale are rising and two home wins on the spin has move Jimmy McNulty’s men to within two points of the play-offs. The first of two visits to the capital comes at Dagenham & Redbridge.

There’s a huge game down the bottom as two strugglers meet. Russ Penn says a profitable few weeks could theoretically see Kidderminster looking towards mid-table but getting off the foot of the table is their first goal.

Last season’s two Promotion Final winners cross swords as Harriers head to Oxford City, who occupy the unwanted fourth relegation spot.

Boreham Wood and Woking fans wanted a lot better this season after last year’s achievements.

Both sit just outside the bottom four when their ambition was another play-off campaign - who will win the battle of the unexpected strugglers?

Where next?

Goals Galore On Another Exciting National League Day Chesterfield’s lead at the top of the National League is now an incredible 11 points as they put their foot down in the race for the EFL.
Another Huge North And South Weekend On The Horizon November is nearing its end which means we’re getting closer and closer to the half way point in the season.

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