Important North And South Wins Are Needed This Weekend

By Sam Elliott

We've seen some rare dropped points for the two leaders lately - but is it a temporary blip or will it put them off their stride?

The Vanarama National League South table toppers Yeovil Town fell to only their fourth league loss last time out at Maidstone United, but they still boast a brilliant ten point advantage.

The Glovers travel to Tonbridge Angels and want to take their frustration out on them, but know with second place Worthing at home to bottom side Dover Athletic, they can’t be offering anyone a route into the race.

Maidstone are third after some great wins against the big west country clubs and are at home to Hemel Hempstead Town. Chelmsford City look to get their form back after an iffy few results - Bobby Wilkinson brings Weymouth to Essex.

Gary Johnson knows Torquay United really need to get back on track, they’re at home to Slough Town after three painful straight defeats.

There’s a big game at both ends as St Albans City play Taunton as Eastbourne try to pull closer to survival by defeating Truro City. Dartford haven’t enjoyed life in recent weeks and there’s not been much progress since Alan Dowson departed. This weekend they try again at Bath City.

Elsewhere, Chippenham will test Braintree Town’s play-off resolve while Weston-super-Mare and Farnborough both know it’s now or never if they want to join the promotion party.

Tamworth, pictured, will be thrilled to go into the weekend nine clear in the National League North. The Lambs, who welcome Farsley Celtic on Saturday, were thrilled to see Blyth Spartans take two late points off Scunthorpe United on Tuesday.

The Iron have time of their side but can’t have many more slip ups so victory at home to fellow promotion chasers Curzon Ashton is a must for their supporters.

There’s a third vs fifth game when Scarborough Athletic welcome Chester, who struck late to take a midweek point home from Peterborough Sports.

Darlington know time is running out if they want to pull off a great escape. They will be feeling better about their chances if they floor Alfreton, while Blyth will want to be brave again when Buxton swing by.

Southport are back in the bottom four for the first time since September. They face Brackley Town as Boston United visit Warrington Town.

Gloucester City have been in the drop zone for nearly all the season so victory over South Shields in crucial. Banbury and Rushall Olympic are far from safe but the winner of their game will be feeling confident that they will extend their National League North stay.

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