The Weekend Non-League Preview
The Weekend Non-League Preview

With non-league day approaching yet again there are plenty of opportunities for Kent’s football fans to get to a game this weekend.

Bromley make the long trip north to Gateshead this weekend- a club without a manager after Neil Aspin left Tyneside this week.  After spending nearly two years at Gateshead, Aspin has taken over at Port Vale leaving the Heed in 16th position- just three points behind Bromley.

One place above Bromley sit Ebbsfleet United and they’ll face their toughest challenge since getting promoted when they travel to Macclesfield. Their hosts currently sit at the top of the non-league pyramid on 26 points and have won their last three league games- a feat Daryl McMahon’s team can also boast.

Maidstone United have the chance to go into the playoff places this weekend with a win. They’ll welcome struggling Guiseley to the Gallagher Stadium knowing they could go as high as second with three points.

One of the teams they could overtake this weekend are Dover Athletic. Currently sitting in 2nd place, Chris Kinnear’s side will look to return to winning form against bottom of the table Torquay. This could still be a challenge for the Whites though,, they struggled against Sutton in Midweek whilst their visitors hit four past Maidenhead in a 4-0 win on Tuesday night.

Following a 3-0 loss in their last home match, Dartford come into this weekend three points away from the top of the table in the National League South. Despite this, they can take positives from a 6-1 FA Cup win last weekend as the North Kent side prepare to welcome Bognor Regis Town to Princes Park.

Welling have had a comfortable start to the season and come into their 15th game of the season just three points below the playoff places. This weekend they welcome newly promoted Chippenham Town to Park View Road. The teams have just one point between them so we could be expecting a tight game from there on Saturday afternoon.

It’s been a tough start for Kent’s teams in the Bostik premier this season. Margate currently sit highest out of our three teams in the division, finding themselves in ninth position after playing nine games. This weekend they travel to 16th placed Enfield Town knowing a win could get them as high as 6th in the table.

Just one place below them sit Tonbridge Angels who have played two more matches than the Gate already this year. Having won four and lost four this season, they’ll be looking to improve on that record at home against Wingate and Finchley this weekend.

Folkestone Invicta also currently find themselves in mid table obscurity this season. After playing eight matches they sit in 12th position, but know their games in hand could propel them up the league. They face Metropolitan Police this weekend at the hosts’ Imber Court ground.

In addition to league matches this weekend, there are also a selection of FA Trophy fixtures across the weekend and Sittingbourne will be looking to progress following their impressive start to the season. They travel to Ashford United who have struggled so far this season, having only picked up seven points this year so far. Elsewhere in the preliminary round, Hythe travel to Kempston Rover, Faversham will look to kickstart their season at Waltham Abbey, VCD Athletic host Bedford Town and Cray Wanderers welcome Horsham.

Elsewhere Herne Bay make the trip to Cheshunt and Bury Town make the trip to Thanet to face Ramsgate.

Thamesmead are also in action in the Trophy this weekend, but they’ll need to wait until Sunday to welcome AFC Hornchurch to the north of the county.