Your Team Of The Weekend: The National League

By Sam Elliott

We knew it was going to be a wild weekend. The weather forecast told us that much!

But it wasn’t the snow, sub-zero temperatures and soggy pitches people were talking about when they returned to the warmth of their homes on Saturday night.

It was defeat for the top three - and just who was going to take the National League by the scruff of the neck and win it!

We’ve pieced together our Team of the Weekend and it’s those who helped shoot down the top teams who feature heavily.

We call on our contacts all over the country to confirm a side who deserve recognition for their weekend displays. There were a lot to choose from this time.

But sometimes star players go astray. Should we have included your favourite? Join the debate on twitter @TheNationalLeague

Goalkeeper: Andy Firth (Chester)
A sensation performance between the posts by the loan star. Is it any wonder why Liverpool rate him so highly?

Defender: Josh Staunton (Woking)
A goal and a good performance from the defender as Woking stopped Wrexham in their tracks.

Defender: Moussa Diarra (Barrow)
A colossus once again at the back. A lot has been made of the players Barrow have allowed to leave but their best has remained.

Defender: George Elokobi (Leyton Orient)
A welcome clean sheet for Orient at Eastleigh - they certainly haven’t had anywhere near enough of those. Elokobi was outstanding.

Defender: Andy Bond (AFC Fylde)

Two goals from defence, but he would have swapped them both for three points for the Coasters after Hartlepool’s fightback.

Defender: Calum MacDonald (Barrow)

Not many sides keep a clean sheet at Maidenhead United and MacDonald won every tackle and kept talented winger Harold Odametey in check

Midfielder: Giancarlo Gallifuoco (Dover)
He’s become a bit of a fans’ favourite at Crabble. Mixes class, creativity and hard work - he was brilliant as Dover beat leaders Macclesfield Town.

Midfielder: Stuart Lewis (Maidstone)
Suddenly things don’t look so bad at Maidstone United. After waiting so long for a win, they’ve got two inside seven days. Captain Lewis bagged a fantastic winner.

Midfielder: Kieran Murtagh (Boreham Wood)

He covered every blade of grass as Boreham Wood beat Tranmere Rovers - and took their place in third spot in the National League.

Striker: Devante Rodney (Hartlepool)
Have a look down our twitter timeline to find out why he has made it in. Sub on Saturday, a starter here! Rodney’s amazing equaliser is a huge boost to Hartlepool

Striker: Keanu Marsh-Brown (Dover)
There’s been worse debuts. The attacker, in his first Dover star since signing on-loan from Forest Green, bagged both goals as he almost single-handedly took down the league leaders.

Ryan Astles (Chester)

Scott McManus (FC Halifax)

Sam Wedgbury (Wrexham)

Angelo Balanta (Boreham Wood)

Kayode Odejayi (Guiseley)

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