Non League Weekend Preview
Non League Weekend Preview

This weekend sees a huge game for one of Kent’s clubs, whilst the rest continue their run towards the end of the league season.

Following their long awaited quarter final win in the North East this week, Bromley are set to face Gateshead at Hayes Lane on Saturday. The Ravens are just two games away from the FA Trophy final at Wembley. They come into the game with a great home record, having not lost at Hayes Lane since early January and will look to carry a lead into the second leg on Tyneside next week.

In league action there are games for both Dover Athletic and Maidstone United in the National League. On the coast Crabble plays host to Chris Kinnear’s side and Macclesfield, who currently sit top of the table. The home side will be looking to avenge their 1-0 loss early in the season at Moss Rose to send them as high as fourth.

Elsewhere Maidstone United will be looking to win to pull themselves away from the relegation places against Sutton on Saturday. The Stones sit seven points away from the play off spots and could rise up to 15th with three points.

The title race in the National League South has been heating up in the last couple of weeks. Dartford have dropped to second as Havant and Waterlooville begin to make the most of their games in hand. The Darts will look to keep pressure on the Hampshire club when they welcome Hemel Hempstead Town to Princes’ Park.

Staying in North Kent, and Welling United are also at home in the second tier of non-league on Saturday. The Wings are on the verge of the playoff places and could get themselves into the top seven against Oxford City.

That race for the top spot has nothing on the Bostik Premier though. Just four points separate the top four spots with two local sides pushing for the title. Folkestone Invicta currently sit second in the table, level on points with high spending Billericay. Neil Cugley’s side could go top on Saturday at Thurrock.

Four points and two places separate Invicta are Margate, who are also looking for promotion this season. The Thanet side travel to Met Police this weekend hoping they can continue to keep up with the league’s high flyers.

Further down the table Tonbridge Angels face Kingstonian at Longmead on Saturday. A win could put them up one place to 10th.

Whilst the title chase in the Bostik South is all but decided, the playoff chase is heating up. Following their incredible start to the season Cray Wanderers sit in fifth place and they’ll be looking to solidify their play off standing on Sunday against Horsham.

There are also some all- Kent fixtures on Saturday in the fourth tier. Phoenix Sports travel to Homelands to face Ashford United whilst Hythe host Sittingbourne.

Faversham have slightly further to travel for their 2pm kick off on Saturday. They make the trip to Guernsey.

Elsewhere, Thamesmead Town make the short trip to Greenwich Borough, Herne Bay host Whyteleafe and Ramsgate welcome Carshalton to Thanet. The final fixture of the weekend in the top four divisions of non-league comes from Oakwood where VCD Athletic welcome East Grinstead Town to Kent.