Dartford v Braintree Town (National League South)
Dartford are now 10 games unbeaten in the National League South although you could argue that this is the biggest test of them all. There are no doubts over their form recently, scoring 8 and conceding 1 in their last two games. Pierre Fonkeu and Samir Carruthers have been knocking in the most goals although they have really been coming from a variety of players – proving their style of play to be aggressive. In their 5-1 win against Welling last weekend, all goals came from different goalscorers. Alex Wall also got himself a brace the midweek prior to that showing even further how the goals come from all around the pitch.
Braintree, despite Dartford’s impeccable form, will go into this game looking for a win. They’ve won their last four games and find themselves in a strong playoff position. If they win their 2 games in hand, they will only be two points behind Dartford. Levi Amantchi and Aaron Blair have been their primary goalscorers, scoring over 30% of the teams’ total goals this season.
Dartford will certainly be favourites here, although I expect Braintree to at least get on the scoresheet. They will go into this game wanting to get something out of it so I don’t expect them to sit back. Dartford have conceded the most goals out of the top three and against a quality side like Braintree, flaws should be exposed.
Havant & Waterlooville v Hemel Hempstead (National League South)
Havant have had a real dip in form recently, their loss to Ebbsfleet on Wednesday moves them even further away from the top spot. However, they certainly aren’t out of the title race. They sit 6 points behind the leaders and if they want to persist, they need to win this game. James Roberts has been scoring for fun recently and in crucial games, I expect him to be a threat on Saturday. Muhammadu Faal has also been finding himself on the scoresheet often, putting both of them in the top 5 scorers of the National League South.
Hemel Hempstead have managed to salvage a way out of the relegation zone, and they’ll be looking to keep things that way. They managed to get a draw at home to Ebbsfleet last weekend, giving them some strong momentum and belief that they could get something here. Whilst Havant are certainly the better team on paper, their recent dip in form tells me that Hemel Hempstead will be looking to get something out of this game.
One thing you can certainly expect here is goals. Havant need to prove a point with a big win, but I doubt this would cause the away side to hold back, the result they got against Ebbsfleet and the flaws that Havant have been showing will give them some faith. Ogo Obi is currently Hemel Hempstead’s leading goalscorer, you can expect a range of counter attacks here with him on the end of them.
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