Ahead of Non League day this Saturday, I take a look to see what the five key games are going in to Gameweek 14.
Woking v Dagenham and Redbridge
It’s third against fourth this weekend in the National League as The Cards host The Daggers. Both sides go in to the game on good form with Woking unbeaten in five and Dagenham and Redbridge unbeaten in four. Dagenham’s strong start was perhaps expected being one of the promotion favourites. The side lost in the playoffs last season meaning there are high expectations. Woking, however, would not have expected such a strong start and perhaps a surprise to many they are positioned so highly.
Prediction: Woking 2-2 Dagenham and Redbridge
Torquay v Dover
Dover currently sit second so far in the National League. After a mixed first month, a good run of form including being unbeaten in their last four means they currently sit just a point behind table toppers Macclesfield Town. Torquay, on the other hand, have had a torrid start to the season. After their first 13 games, they sat on just four points and without a win. But after a shock 4-0 win at home to Maidenhead on Tuesday, they are now just five points behind Barrow, the team above the drop zone. The win could be a real turning point in the season, especially with it so convincing. However, I can’t see them repeating that against an in-form high-flying Dover side.
Prediction: Torquay 1-2 Dover
St Albans v Bath
It’s been a strong, positive start from St Albans. The Saints sit third in the National League South, mainly due to a strong start. After six wins in their first seven, one win in their last five means they have slipped from top of the league to third and in the playoffs. Jerry Gill will manage his first game for Bath after being appointed earlier in the week. The Romans are also on much improved form after a bad start to the season. The side are unbeaten in their last five, winning three. It’s a tough game to predict and therefore I’ll say a draw.
Prediction: St Albans 1-1 Bath
York v Brackley
After an extremely strong start from Brackley, they currently sit third in the National League North. After winning six of their first seven, they have failed to win any of their last five and will be desperate for a win as they are now slipping further and further away from the top two. York, on the other hand, have perhaps not had the start they were hoping for. After double relegation, they would have been hoping for a promotion chasing season. They sit seventh, just inside the playoffs but are nowhere near the automatic promotion spot. However, with Brackley’s bad form currently I think they’ll nick a win.
Prediction: York 1-0 Brackley
North Ferriby v FC United of Manchester
It’s been a season to forget so far North Ferriby. After relegation from the National League last season, The Villagers are staring at double relegation after a torrid start. The side sit bottom with five points from their opening 12, scoring just four goals and conceding 29. However, FC United of Manchester’s start hasn’t been much better. They currently sit 20th, inside the relegation zone. They’ve lost four of their last five and have picked up 10 points from their opening 12 games. But after winning last time out they have the perfect chance to build on that win and I think they will against a poor North Ferriby side.
Prediction: North Ferriby 0-1 FC United of Manchester
Last of all, make sure you make it down to your local Non-League club to support Non-League Day!