It's A Big Weekend For All The Sides Down The Bottom

By Sam Elliott

It’s another massive weekend with Chesterfield’s already colossal lead potentially getting bigger - but the main focus is on the race to avoid leaving the National League via the other end.

The leaders stormed to a jaw-dropping 22-point advantage on Tuesday night and if they win once again at home against struggling Ebbsfleet United then it becomes a staggering 25.

Danny Searle, the Fleet’s stand-in boss, says he is “realistic” but says if the team can defend as well as they did last week against Oldham Athletic, then they can wreck plenty of accumulators on Saturday.

With Bromley and Barnet occupied in the FA Trophy, Paul Cook’s team will scamper off far into the distance with yet another home three points as the title countdown starts.

There’s a live TNT Sports game too as struggling Woking face in-form Hartlepool United and new boss Kevin Phillips said: “Since I have come through the door, I have seen the side grow in confidence game-by-game. We’re gradually getting better.”

One game due to be live last month was Altrincham against Rochdale but the tricky weather put paid to that.

The play-off hunters try again on Saturday in the rearranged match and Alty are hoping for better playing conditions after losing their midweek home match with Dorking Wanderers following an inspection.

Southend United fans are suddenly aware their team sit just two points above the drop zone.

York City are too despite just one defeat in ten and their Roots Hall meeting this weekend now has added significance - especially with the sides below them in good form.

But the Minstermen eased to the points in September, pictured, after Thierry Latty-Fairweather, Maz Kouhyar and Zanda Siziba scored.

AFC Fylde are one of them after collecting 12 points from a possible 15. They’re not yet out of the bottom four but will be if they can get their hands on another win at Eastleigh on Saturday afternoon.

The Coasters defeated Dorking Wanderers last time out and Marc White’s team need to get back on track against FC Halifax Town, who are bottom of the form guide with four losses in five.

Oxford City also have to start winning after slipping to the bottom of the table. Can they get a run going at Dagenham & Redbridge? Maidenhead United are into the top half after their midweek win and now have Boreham Wood in their sights.

Where next?

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