Dartford and Dulwich Hamlet meet this weekend in the National League South, with both teams needing a win to keep pace with the frontrunners. Read on for your regular weekend preview of the key games, and match odds courtesy of STSBet.
By Steven Oldham
Dartford vs Dulwich Hamlet
It’s fifth vs sixth as the Darts host Gavin Rose’s side, with both teams having suffered narrow defeats last weekend.
Dartford lost 1-0 to title rivals Ebbsfleet United, while Hamlet were surprisingly beaten by the same scoreline by Welling United.
Both clubs have fixtures in hand on current leaders Maidstone United, but even winning all of these games would still leave them two points behind Hakan Hayrettin’s side.
Dartford’s season is rapidly turning into a tale of two halves, with only two of their nine wins to date coming in their last ten games.
Hamlet have only won once in the last five games themselves - a thumping 5-2 win over Ebbsfleet in early December.
Steve King’s side hold the bragging rights after winning the most recent game between the two clubs - Dartford won the reverse fixture 2-0 back in August.
Match odds: Home 23/20, Draw 12/5, Away 21/10
Billericay Town vs Maidstone United
It’s bottom vs top as Jody Brown’s Billericay side entertain the league’s new leaders at New Lodge.
Many will have this down as an away banker - but Billericay have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks.
Having not kept a clean sheet all season, they have recorded three in their last four outings - taking points from the likes of Ebbsfleet and Concord Rangers. However, they still haven’t won a game since October.
Maidstone beat Tonbridge Angels 2-0 to record a sixth straight win last weekend and go top of the table.
The Stones have scored 15 times in that period so this should prove to be a stern test for Billericay’s more resilient defence.
Match odds: Home 235/100, Draw 255/100, Away Evens
Oxford City vs Eastbourne Borough
David Oldfield’s Oxford City side will look to get back to winning ways against Eastbourne having lost top spot last weekend.
City were held to a 2-2 draw by Slough Town which allowed Maidstone to leapfrog them into first place.
The right combination of results could see City back at the top of the pile at the end of play if they overcome Eastbourne.
The Sports have both won and lost three each of their last six games - albeit without playing a game since mid-December.
Covid wiped out their festive schedule, with Danny Bloor’s side narrowly losing a quickly arranged friendly against a Brentford XI behind closed doors earlier this week.
The reverse fixture earlier this season ended in a 2-2 draw.
Match odds: Home 67/100, Draw 57/20, Away 71/20
Hemel Hempstead Town vs Ebbsfleet United
Ebbsfleet will look to capitalise on their Kent derby win as they travel to Hemel Hempstead Town.
Dennis Kutrieb’s side are unbeaten in four, winning three of those games and keeping three clean sheets as their title challenge continues to grow.
They could return to the top should Maidstone slip up and they take a win in this game.
Hemel picked up a first win in four last time out - impressively beating St Albans City 3-1.
Ebbsfleet won the reverse fixture 3-1 back in August.
Match odds: Home 365/100, Draw 27/10, Away 67/100
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