Non League Weekend Preview
Non League Weekend Preview

Whilst one local side looks ahead to arguably the biggest game in their history on Saturday, the rest of our local teams remain in league action this weekend.

Bromley will travel to Gateshead knowing they are just one game away from Wembley this week. Neil Smith’s side carry a 3-2 lead from the first leg to Tyneside and have the opportunity to play at the home of English football for the first time since 1949.

They will leave National League action for another week, allowing Ebbsfleet United to possibly edge closer to the pla-yoff positions. The Stonebridge Road club host Maidenhead United on Saturday knowing three points are likely to keep them in ninth position but they’ll keep pressure on the top seven.

Taking up that final playoff spot is Dover Athletic and they’ll be looking to expand on their impressive 2-0 win over Macclesfield last weekend with another three points at Barrow. With the play-off chase as close as it is, the Whites could reach as high as third place by Saturday evening.

The final local side in the National League this weekend are Maidstone United who, like Dover, face a long away trip. Jay Saunders and his squad travel to North Wales to face Wrexham on Saturday as they hope to continue getting themselves away from a late season relegation battle.

Another local side looking for promotion this year are Dartford. After a busy midweek schedule in the National League South they sit two points behind top of the table Havant and Waterlooville. The Darts face a trip to mid table Oxford City this Saturday.

Also in the Southern portion of step two of non-league are Welling United. The Wings are also looking for promotion via the playoffs and currently occupy seventh place- high enough for additional football at the end of the season. They’ll be looking to continue their playoff push at Hungerford Town.

The title race everyone in South Eastern non-league football seems to be talking about at the moment is in the Bostik Premier- and rightly so. With high spending Billericay struggling to maintain form, it is down to Dulwich Hamlet and two Kent sides, Folkestone Invicta and Margate to keep the pressure on the Essex club. This weekend third placed Invicta host Met Police whilst the Thanet club, who sit just one point behind Billericay and Folkestone, host Enfield Town.

Both sides’ chances of keeping up with the big spenders was given a boost on Thursday night by Tonbridge Angels who beat Glenn Tamplin’s club 2-1. They’ll look to continue their good form at Wingate and Finchley this weekend.

Moving down to step four, and there are still a number of Kent sides in the hunt for promotion in the Bostik South. Cray Wanderers currently sit in fourth place with Hythe Town sitting just outside the top six places- four points behind the playoff positions. The North Kent side travel to Corinthian Casuals whilst the Cannons make the trip to Whyteleafe.

Elsewhere in the division this weekend, Ashford United are away to East Grinstead whilst Faversham Town, Phoenix Sports and Sittingbourne are all at home to Hastings United, Molesey and Shoreham respectively.

Thamesmead Town welcome Chipstead to Dartford’s Princes Park and Herne Bay travel to Walton Casuals to round off the county’s footballing action in the top four non-league divisions.

Picture supplied by Ed Boyden.