Altrincham and Yeovil will look to continue their strong form with another scalp this weekend, as we look ahead to the National League’s picks of the weekend.
By Amos Murphy
Altrincham sailing high as Shrimpers start to sink
Few managers in English football are doing a better job than Phil Parkinson at Altrincham and the Robins boss has his eyes set on another statement result this weekend.
A 95th-minute equaliser from A-Jay Leitch-Smith secured a point in dramatic fashion against league leaders Chesterfield, leaving Altrincham within touching distance of the National League playoff spots.
Having earned promotion during the 2019/20 campaign, Altrincham have stung a number of sides this season and they’ll be looking to down a former Football League stalwart in Southend United.
Having suffered back-to-back relegations, Southend are once again scratching around at the wrong end of the table, yet Football Strategist Stan Collymore believes the club now has all the pieces in the right place.
One win in their previous six matches is not the start new boss Kevin Maher would’ve hoped for and the Shrimpers will be looking to take three points from their first-ever meeting with Altrincham.
The hosts are 41/50 with STS Bet to take the three points, whilst a draw comes in at 13/5 and a Southend triumph at 29/10.
Yeovil marching on with another three points in sight
No side in the National League have taken more points or conceded fewer goals than Yeovil Town in the last five matches and the side from Somerset look set for another victory this weekend.
Yeovil have lost just one match since the middle of October and the Glovers currently sit five points off the playoff spots.
Having suffered a stumbling start to the campaign, an eighth win of the season looks likely on Saturday, with bottom-placed Dover Athletic the visitors to Huish Park.
Unlike Yeovil, Dover are yet to register a win all season and are marooned at the bottom of the National League table, a whopping 22 points adrift.
It’s over two months since the last time Dover even avoided defeat, having held Solihull Moors to a goalless draw at the Crabble Stadium in late September.
Expect a Yeovil triumph in this one, with three-point to the Glovers priced at 21/50, whilst over 3.5 goals in the game comes in at 8/5 with STS Bet.
Grimsby grumbling as Boreham Wood stutter
Grimsby Town will look to end a run of inconsistent form when they host fellow promotion hopefuls Boreham Wood at Blundell Park this weekend.
Having enjoyed an almost unbeaten October, that saw the Mariners win five of their seven matches across all competitions, Grimsby have managed just one victory throughout November.
That triumph came at home against Southend last Friday, before suffering a damaging loss to Solihull Moors in the recent round of midweek fixtures.
Boreham Wood find themselves in a similar predicament, after they missed the chance to return to the summit of the National League on Tuesday night.
Frustrated not to have taken three points at home to Notts County, Luke Garrard’s side can find solace in the fact they have lost none of their last six matches.
Coming in at 235/100 to stun last season’s relegated League Two side, Boreham Wood will be keen on taking three points home from Lincolnshire, whilst Grimsby are priced at 11/10 for the win on STS Bet.