Match Day National League Fixtures - 25/01/2020 (and Tuesday 28/01 fixtures)

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Saturday 25th January

Boreham Wood v Barrow
Bromley v Barnet
Chesterfield v AFC Fylde
Chorley v FC Halifax
Dagenham & Redbridge v Notts County
Dover v Aldershot Town
Harrogate Town v Wrexham
Hartlepool United v Stockport County
Maidenhead United v Eastleigh
Sutton United v Solihull Moors
Torquay United v Ebbsfleet United
Woking v Yeovil Town

All 3pm KO's on Saturday.

Match of the day is easily at Meadow Park where Boreham Wood host Barrow. Wood have a bang average home record W6 D5 L4, Barrow on the other hand have the 2nd best away record in the the division having picked up more wins on the road (8) than their hosts have at home.
A big stat though is that in the last 6 they both have identical records W4 D2 L0.
Baring injury its most definitely the Quigley v Tshimanga for who will come out on top in goals, but a strong point to Barrows game is Rooney is not far behind either for the Barrow Top scorer.

Harrogate are in good form having won 7 of the last 10 and host Wrexham who have picked up recently winning 5, losing 5 from 10. The hosts have won the last 5 on the bounce so it will be a huge ask for Wrexham to get anything. the Dragons will be hope new signing Jordan Ponticelli has a debut to remember up front.

Yeovil have a tricky trip to Woking, but the hosts, having had a very good start to the season have faltered and find themselves just above half way. This is underlined by having 15th best record in the last 10 games and losing 4 of the last 5. Yeovil on the other hand have lost just once in 10 (3-2 at Sutton). I sliver of hope is that they have drawn the last 2.

A very big game at the foot of the table when Chesterfield entertain Fylde. A win for the Spireites would move them 6 clear of the Coasters. They both have similar form going into the fixture but Chesterfield have won the last 2, Fylde have lost the last 3. Mike Fondop-Talom has a 100% shots to goals record having scored 10 of his 10 shots for Chesterfield [suspended]

Both Ebbsfleet and Chorley will have to play out of their skins to be in with a chance of any points as they play Torquay and Halifax respectively. Chorley are at home though but both the Fleet and the Magpies are quickly falling behind in the scramble to avoid relegation and they could find themselves 8 points adrift.

Notts travel to the Daggers whom are bottom of the form table with just 1 win in 10, that coming mid November, remarkably a 6-1 win over Aldershot. The Magpies are in good form undefeated in 9 games in all competitions winning 4 of the last 6. New signing Callum Roberts signed from Blyth this week leaving the club as leading scorer from the wing. This adds to the already strong front line for Notts.

Tuesday 28th January

Eastleigh v Aldershot Town
Ebbsfleet United v Woking
FC Halifax Town v Dover Athletic
Solihull Moors v Barrow
 
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Good preview!

I really don't think we'll win this one, but a draw will do. Looking for Wrexham and Woking to do us a big favour too, and they both feasibly have a chance of three points.

Tuesday's fixture looks another tricky one for is, but more confident playing Solihull than Boreham Wood.
 

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Agreed with Monkey Tennis on this one - a draw will do at Boreham Wood, although Evatt and Barrow will be going for the win. A draw coupled with everyone else (apart from Harrogate) dropping points last weekend would mean we are in the same position as before last week, but with 2 games less to play. IF we were to win both matches then 6 points clear with a game in hand would look daunting for everyone else even in January.
Elsewhere even though Wrexham won last week I can't see them getting anything Away at Harrogate and I can't really see Yeovil slipping up at Woking as they lost to Wrexham last week FFS.
I think Chorley might get a point from Halifax - but they need wins not draws at this stage of the season.
 
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Always look forward to playing Woking. Lovely club with a fair few links since the Lippiatt days. With Murphy's suspension rescinded, Duffus and Smith closer to full fitness after coming off the bench last weekend and Woking's indifferent form, we should really be looking to win here. Looking at their results though, it's their away form that's been dire, with wins over Bromley, Hartlepool and Chorley at home, so maybe not so cut and dry.

If Barrow go unbeaten at Boreham Wood and Solihull this week I can't see anyone getting near them to be honest. A strong Solihull side were pumped 6-0 by half time at Tamworth in the week, so Wood have the better bet of getting a result on Saturday. Hopefully, someone won't pull a 'Corey Whitely' and gift them the points. I'd expect Harrogate, Notts and Halifax to win comfortably too.
 

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Huge game for us. Biggest game for a long time. Defeat to Chesterfield and we are in serious trouble. Was hoping we'd have signed a couple more and Denton always scores against us. He'll have a field day against this defence. Just hoping walker and proctor can hit the ground running
 

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Huge game for us. Biggest game for a long time. Defeat to Chesterfield and we are in serious trouble. Was hoping we'd have signed a couple more and Denton always scores against us. He'll have a field day against this defence. Just hoping walker and proctor can hit the ground running
You're Fylde, nobody cares, chuck. :ds:
 

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307 Shaymen in a crowd of 5517 at the Cae Ras.
It is 1/4 of their home support to be fair and the most they'll take away anywhere all season.
Nope. That's just a silly claim to make. We'll have beaten that twice by middle of September, again in November, December and January, and probably in March and April too.

Sorry. :ds:
4 down, number 5 coming up. Ooo that's gotta hurt. :bdick:

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Good write up LongEatonPie

Supposedly getting some defensive loans in today to cover the big loss of Kioso leaving, amazingly we still have a sniff of the playoffs despite being totally average to poor all season, gotta beat Stockport if they really wanna go for it this season.

I'd chuck Molyneux on from the start, maybe Gime too if Challinor and him are friends again.

Both teams to score, either team to win it.
 

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I'm not expecting much at Harrogate. They are in form, our away form has been awful this season, and we have a terrible record on artificial pitches.

That said we could be lining up with 4 new players, and the Aldershot game aside, we've been a lot better lately.

A draw would be magnificent. With Dagenham and Chesterfield coming up, two must win games.
 

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I'm not expecting much at Harrogate. They are in form, our away form has been awful this season, and we have a terrible record on artificial pitches.

That said we could be lining up with 4 new players, and the Aldershot game aside, we've been a lot better lately.

A draw would be magnificent. With Dagenham and Chesterfield coming up, two must win games.
Bit of a free hit for us really, ahead of the next two games after that. Agree that a draw would be great.
The two games after will define whether we pull away or are in the relegation scrap til the end
 

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Good write up mate. Fondop is out and suspended for another 2 games though.

Massive game for us, must not lose.
Cheers for the info Spire. I have added it to the preview.

For those interested I used to do Long Eaton United match programme and website for 4 years, I was heavily into stats and form which had 2-3 pages of the 32 I did. Only a few adverts as well until it go popular and more business wanted ads in.
 

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Nice job LEP.

Sadly Notts don’t do straightforward wins. Can’t see us catching Barrow but we must target 2nd or 3rd - if we are to, we need to be winning at sides with 1 win in 10. However D&R didn’t look bad at all at ML in the trophy the other day, and were unfortunate to lose to a last gasp wonder goal by Michael Doyle.

We did rest 5 or 6 for that though, and I’d like to think we’ve got enough to win this. Callum Roberts should be on the bench after his arrival from Blyth, and maybe Jim O’Brien as well on his return from injury.

I’ll go for 0-1 Notts.
 

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This is the kind of game that’s tripped us up all season and realistically cost us a shot at the title - won none of our seven away games against teams currently in the bottom half. We’re five wins from from seven away against the top half - football is weird.

Hoping the signing of Roberts gives us something a bit different. As good as our strike force is, we’ve been really reliant on Boldewijn (and Osborne a little bit of late to be fair) for a bit of unpredictability and magic. Things look better at the back, though, we’ve only conceded 4 in 8 games since signing Alex Lacey.
 

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This is the kind of game that’s tripped us up all season and realistically cost us a shot at the title - won none of our seven away games against teams currently in the bottom half. We’re five wins from from seven away against the top half - football is weird.

Hoping the signing of Roberts gives us something a bit different. As good as our strike force is, we’ve been really reliant on Boldewijn (and Osborne a little bit of late to be fair) for a bit of unpredictability and magic. Things look better at the back, though, we’ve only conceded 4 in 8 games since signing Alex Lacey.
Lacey looks class - could well turn out to be our best signing of the season, alongside Wootton. Formed an excellent partnership with Connell Rawlinson. Can’t see Turner getting back in when he’s fit. For the first time in a while we have decent cover in all positions.
 

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Dover v Aldershot looks like a game to put your house on under 2.5 / 1.5 / 0.5 goals
I wouldn’t put a quid on it; Shots have not recruited since conceding 3 to Chorley last week. If Dover play their usual “up and under” tactics, they will get a hatful. Not going, fortunately.
 
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Lacey looks class - could well turn out to be our best signing of the season, alongside Wootton. Formed an excellent partnership with Connell Rawlinson. Can’t see Turner getting back in when he’s fit. For the first time in a while we have decent cover in all positions.
We said he was good! Stood out in our League Two defence enough to get a move up to Gillingham in League One for 2 years, and still only 26. Amazed no-one picked him up again in League Two.
 

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Chorley can't be any more negative then they were at our place. They were playing 442 yet their strikers were halfway in their own half defending for pretty much the whole match. Fair play they got the 0-0 they wanted on that occasion.

This time around, they will have to attack us with it being at home and them desperately needing the points. I fancy us for a 3-1 win. The additions of Redshaw and Rodney from last time around should cause chaos.
 

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Chorley can't be any more negative then they were at our place. They were playing 442 yet their strikers were halfway in their own half defending for pretty much the whole match. Fair play they got the 0-0 they wanted on that occasion
Chorley have recruited recently, and looked o.k. at the Rec last week. Overall, they still look like part-timers, but looked dangerous when they did attack. Mind you, Aldershot’s defence was dire, so probably not a decent yardstick....
 

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Another impressive signing by the club this season. I'm not used to this at Notts
Don't get carried away, you're in the National League, chuck. And before you ask, yeah I'm in my spare room, my mom's downstairs & I'm thinking about downloading some porn. What do you recommend (no kiddie stuff, and no gay stuff, OK?).
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Don't get carried away, you're in the National League, chuck. And before you ask, yeah I'm in my spare room, my mom's downstairs & I'm thinking about downloading some porn. What do you recommend (no kiddie stuff, and no gay stuff, OK?).
:bdick:
Of all the people to say don't get carried away coming from you when you literally jizzed ya pants every week you were near or at the top of the National League#prematurelad. Oh the irony, can ya spot it?

Not getting carried away at all just happy after season after season of bad signings we are getting noticeably more hits than misses since the new owners cane in. Coincidence? I think (hope) not.


I recommend you leave the house today. Doesn't seem a big a deal to anyone else, but I know it's a real mental hurdle for yourself. But we've got ya buddy, you've just got to take the first small step (literally out the front door).

Do it.
 

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My optimism of a win at Dagenham has just halved!
Keeper Slocombe has been injured today in training so we have recalled Fitz from Chessie.
 

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Fitzsimons played really well against Halifax before Christmas and was fine against Dagenham in the Trophy, so it shouldn’t be a massive issue. It’s clear he doesn’t really get on with Ardley and isn’t part of the group, though, and we seem to have a really good spirit at the minute, so it’s not ideal.
 

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We travel to Bromley unbeaten in two months (nothing to do with four postponements, honest). Bromley's recent form seems to be a bit mixed having lost 4 from 6 but they don't lose too often at home.

We're 6 points off 7th place but with (at least) 2 games in hand on most those above us. Our extended rest period has also seen some of our sicknotes start to regain fitness. Coulthirst might make the bench tomorrow which could be a huge plus if he can find any kind of form.

We should have beaten Bromley at The Hive but were left to rue a series of missed chances and our inability to defend set pieces. As with pretty much all of our games this season, I'm expecting a similar encounter.

A draw wouldn't be a complete disaster but if we are to push on towards the top 7, we probably need to steal a win.
 

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