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National League | Grimsby Town look to close gap at the top

With the National League’s top three teams involved in FA Cup action this weekend, Grimsby Town will look to close the gap at the top of the table.  Read on for your weekly preview, and match odds courtesy of Betfred. 

By Steven Oldham 

Dagenham & Redbridge vs Grimsby Town 

Paul Hurst’s side could move up to second and one point off the top with victory over Dagenham & Redbridge, albeit with the teams around them having a game in hand. 

Fourth-placed Grimsby are the highest ranked team in league action, and will look to reverse a worrying trend of four defeats in their last five games. 

The early frontrunners have fallen away in recent weeks, with a 1-0 win over Southend United the only highlight in November.

The home side are another team in declining form, with one win in six games leading into this fixture. Daryl McMahon’s side hold the bragging rights in this fixture currently, having beat Grimsby in the FA Cup first round last season. 

Match odds: Home win 8/5, Draw 12/5, Away win 6/4

Bromley vs Wealdstone 

Bromley’s long unbeaten run has come to an abrupt end following back-to-back defeats to Yeovil Town and Wrexham. 

Andy Woodman’s side will look to get back to winning ways at home to Wealdstone, whose own five-game unbeaten run came to an end last weekend. 

This fixture ended all square in a 2-2 draw last season. Wealdstone have won more games away than at home so far this season.

Match odds: Home win 9/20, Draw 10/3, Away win 5/1 

Barnet vs Maidenhead United 

Dean Brennan’s rejuvenated Bees have climbed the table in recent weeks, picking up five wins from their last eight games.

Barnet are nothing but consistent - having won all of those games by the same 2-1 scoreline. 

Defeat in this game would see Maidenhead drop into the relegation places on goal difference, with Southend not playing. 

A couple of encouraging wins over Woking and Wrexham have been followed by three straight defeats for Alan Devonshire’s side in recent weeks.

Match odds: Home win 21/20, Draw 5/2, Away win 23/10

Aldershot Town vs Altrincham 

TheShots have picked up over half of their season’s points tally in their last three games - after picking up wins in all three games.

Mark Molesley’s side have climbed out of the relegation places following this upturn in form, at a time where Altrincham are going in the opposite direction. 

Phil Parkinson’s side have only won once in eight games, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Step 2 Gateshead in this period. 

Match odds: Home win 11/8, Draw 5/2, Away win 17/10 

Weymouth vs Torquay United 

Both these sides need a win after each recording three straight defeats leading into Saturday’s game. The sides have near identical records over the last eight games, with both picking up seven points from an available 24.

Gary Johnson’s side did the double over Weymouth last season on their way to the playoff final. 

Victory for Weymouth would draw them level on points with Torquay, who have only won once on their travels so far this season. 

Saturday’s other games: 

Dover Athletic vs Wrexham (Home win 7/1, Draw 7/2, Away win 4/11)

Solihull Moors vs Woking (Home win 23/20, Draw 12/5, Away win 21/10)

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