Non League Weekend Preview
Non League Weekend Preview

With only a handful of weekends remaining this season, time is running out for clubs to make a late run for titles, play-off football and safely from relegation.

The National League play-off race is heating up thanks to Ebbsfleet United’s midweek win over Wrexham. This weekend Daryl McMahon’s side make the long trip to Barrow knowing that three points could get them to within two points of the top seven.

The team they could overtake are Kent rivals Dover Athletic. The Whites have one game in hand over most of the sides in the play-off places including the North Wales side who Ebbsfleet lost to on Tuesday, who they could overtake with a win at Maidenhead on Saturday.

After an incredible start to the season, Bromley are holding onto a slim hope of reaching the top seven. They sit four points behind Ebbsfleet and nine points away from the playoffs as they prepare to travel to Woking this weekend.

Maidstone United are gradually slipping down towards the relegation places and, thanks to their midweek loss at Solihull Moors, they now only sit three points above the bottom four. They’ll be looking to force their way out of a late relegation battle this weekend when play-off chasing Fylde make the trip to the Gallagher Stadium.

One of the sides who could potentially replace Maidstone are Dartford from the National League South. The North Kent club currently lead the league on goal difference over Havant and Waterlooville and have the chance to solidify their lead at Eastbourne Borough on Saturday afternoon.

Another side still looking for promotion back to the top level of non-league football are Welling United. This weekend they travel to the South coast to face Whitehawk knowing a win can get them level on points with seventh placed Hemel Hempstead Town.

Another step down the divisions and we come to an exciting Bostik Premier League title and playoff race. Folkestone Invicta still have an outside chance to win the title as they sit just four points behind leaders Billericay Town. They could jump up to second this weekend with a win at Dorking Wanderers.

Margate currently take up the final play-off position and they’ll look to keep that place this weekend when they travel to Staines Town- a side who sit just five points beneath the Thanet club.

Also in the third tier are Tonbridge Angels who, despite having a very slim chance of making the play-offs this season, can break away from a few teams below them with a win at home to Enfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

Two local sides are also fighting for play-off football in the Bostik South. Cray Wanderers have their place all but confirmed and this weekend they’ll continue their search for third place at home to South Park whilst Hythe Town- who occupy the final play-off place – host Chipstead.

Elsewhere Ashford United host Greenwich Borough and there is an all Kent fixture when Sittingbourne travel north to Phoenix Sports.

Herne Bay are part of the early kick off when they welcome Guernsey to the county for a 1pm kick off whilst Thamesmead Town vs Walton Casuals, Ramsgate vs Corinthian Casuals, Molesey vs VCD Athletic and Horsham vs Faversham Town all kick off at 3pm.