Kings Lynn v Banbury United (National League North)
Kings Lynn go into this fixture looking to cling on to their 3 point lead over the rest of the National League North, with Darlington breathing down their necks. Jordan Ponticelli and Gold Omotayo have been the leading goalscorers for the Linnets this season – scoring 5 goals each. They’ll go into this game aware of the dangers that Banbury can cause, although will certainly be looking to gain three points, especially considering the home advantage. The opposition haven’t had the best form recently either, losing their last two games and drawing the one before that. Kings Lynn also have the best defensive record in the league, conceding only 10 goals in 12 games. The quality they have on the pitch should be well reflected in this fixture – especially their defensive efforts.
Banbury, despite poor form, remain one of the best teams in the league. An issue for them has been finding a consistent goalscorer, at least since losing Morgan Roberts in September (who remains their top scorer so far.) This should severely hurt them in games like this, where they will not be given a range of clear cut chances. Banbury’s only win in their last 5 games came against Berkhamsted Town in the FA Cup – meaning they haven’t won a league game since the 24th September where they grabbed an 85th minute winner. Whilst Banbury do pose a threat on Tuesday, I can not see them breaking through the home side. They have too much momentum and quality to drop points here.
Ebbsfleet Utd v St Albans City (National League South)
Ebbsfleet go into this game with a pristine record, having played 12 and coming away with 10 wins and 2 draws so far. One of them two draws came last week against a 9 man Welling Utd where Ebbsfleet managed to miss a 90+11 penalty. It could be argued that their motivation may be staggered after this, although due to Havant & Waterlooville sitting three points behind them they really have no time to drop points. Most of their goals so far have come from Dominic Poleon, scoring 10 goals in 12 games (making him the National League South top scorer.) Chris Solly has also been a stand out player for the league leaders, playing so impressively to make him the National League South player of the month for September (an award that rarely goes to defenders.)
St Albans will also be looking to gain points here, sitting 2 points away from a promotion spot right now. They’re unbeaten in their last four games, including a 3-0 win against Welling who Ebbsfleet failed to beat last week. Shaun Jeffers will be viewed as their biggest threat, having scored 6 goals so far in this league campaign.
From looking at both teams’ sets of previous fixtures, I feel as though they can both get on the scoresheet here. St Albans have been in strong form recently and that last game from Ebbsfleet should give them some hope. Ebbsfleet have kept 5 clean sheets this season, only 1 of them being against a team in the top 10.
Dover Athletic v Concord Rangers (National League South)
After a few years of turmoil, Dover find themselves in a fairly strong position to rebuild this year. They currently sit 11th in the league and are now unbeaten in their last 5 games. Alfie Pavey has been their most prominent goalscorer this season, finding the back of the net 5 times in the 13 games they’ve played. 4 of the 5 goals have come in the last 3 games, in comfortable 3-0 and 3-1 wins at home to Braintree and Slough and then being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Farnborough. Dover will certainly be looking to extend their unbeaten run here, especially considering the home advantage they have and the current weaknesses that Concord are facing.
Concord have played 13 games so far this season, winning 2 and drawing 2 leaving them on 8 points in 22nd place. Those two wins came in the first two weeks of fixtures – meaning they haven’t won a game in all competitions since the 13th August. In their last 5 games they have conceded 9 goals and scored only one, and on form Dover isn’t necessarily the place I can see them gaining points. Concord have also scored the least amount of goals overall this season (8) and are 3rd from bottom for goals conceded (25.) When you consider how a win for Dover here could put them one point away from the playoff spots, alongside their home advantage, I can’t see them coming away with anything less than three points.
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