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Maidstone United will be out to reduce the National League South title race to a two horse race this Saturday as they take on third placed Oxford City.  Read on for your regular preview of the key games and match odds courtesy of Betfred 

By Steven Oldham

Leaders look to pull away at the top 

Leaders Dorking Wanderers are at home to Chelmsford City, with Marc White’s side leading the way by three points. 

The Stones are one position and four points clear of their visitors, meaning a victory would begin to put daylight between the top two and the rest of the chasing pack. 

Maidstone United vs Oxford City 

Hakan Hayrettin’s Stones side are unbeaten in 13 matches and will be slight favourites heading into this game. Oxford have won four of their last five. Maidstone won the reverse fixture 3-1. 

Match odds: Home 8/11, Draw 13/5, Away 11/4 

Dulwich Hamlet vs St Albans City 

The home side will be boosted by a midweek win at Welling United which put them back into the playoff places.  St Albans need a positive result having lost both their last two games without scoring a goal. Gavin Rose’s Hamlet side were winners in a seven goal thriller back in November. 

Match odds: Home 19/20, Draw 5/2, Away 21/10 

Dorking Wanderers vs Chelmsford City 

The league leaders immediately bounced back from a first defeat in eleven with a win over Bath City last time out. Much-improved Chelmsford have only lost one of their last ten and have climbed clear of relegation danger. The sides played out a 2-2 draw in September.  

Match odds: Home 3/10, Draw 18/5, Away 6/1 

Chippenham Town vs Eastbourne Borough 

These two playoff contenders are separated by one position and one place in the league so it will be a surprise if one side dominates. Eastbourne hold the advantage in the table and arrive in slightly better form, with one defeat in six compared to Chippenham’s two. Both sides lost last weekend.

Match odds: Home 23/20, Draw 12/5, Away 9/5

Dartford vs Bath City 

Revitalised Dartford are chasing a fifth straight win, and are heavy favourites against a Bath side who already look to have little left to play for this season. The visitors are without a win in four and have failed to score in three of these games. 

Match odds: Home 4/9, Draw 3/1, Away 9/2

Braintree Town vs Hungerford Town 

Braintree are unbeaten in six - comfortably their best run of the season. The Iron will look to take advantage of Billericay Town’s inactivity today to boost their chances of survival.  Hungerford head to Essex in patchy form, with three defeats recorded in the time Braintree have remained undefeated. 

Match odds: Home 17/10, Draw 23/10, Away 5/4 

Havant & Waterlooville vs Ebbsfleet United 

The home side head into this game chasing a first win in ten games and sit bottom of the league’s form table. Inconsistent Ebbsfleet haven’t won back-to-back games since the first two games of 2022. 

Match odds: Home 19/10, Draw 23/10, Away 11/10

 

 

Slough Town vs Welling United 

Slough picked up a first win in seven last time out by surprising Ebbsfleet United. Welling’s joy after victory over Chippenham was short-lived after defeat in midweek. Peter Taylor’s side continue to look over their shoulders and are six points off the dropzone. 

Match odds: Home 7/10, Draw 11/4, Away 11/4

Hemel Hempstead Town vs Concord Rangers 

The Tudors have won half of their last six games, although they have also recorded two defeats in that time.  Concord picked up a first win in eight attempts last time out and halted their slump down the table.  A single goal gave Concord victory the last time the teams played each other.

Hampton & Richmond Borough vs Tonbridge Angels 

This game sees two sides in the wrong half of the table meet, and an away win would see the clubs level on points.

The Beavers have lost four on the bounce and failed to score in three of these games. A run to the fifth round of the FA Trophy came to an end for Tonbridge last weekend. Angels are six points above the relegation place and have one win in five.


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