Oxford City will look to return to winning ways against bottom club Billericay Town after a surprise defeat to Eastbourne Borough last weekend.
By Steven Oldham
There are only five games in the NLS this weekend, as the FA Trophy takes precedence for those teams still involved. Read on for your weekend preview and match odds courtesy of Betfred.
Oxford City vs Billericay Town
David Oldfield’s City side head into this game with just one win in their last five games, and have dropped from top to fourth in recent weeks.
Victory in this game however would see them right back in the mix, albeit having played more games than their title rivals.
Billericay may not have won since October, but Jody Brown’s side have shown real improvement recently - and should they break that winless streak here, will move off the foot of the table.
They’ve drawn four of their last five games and kept three clean sheets in that time - having not shut out an opponent all season before this.
The Blues have shown resilience and an ability to frustrate heavy favourites in recent weeks - holding the likes of Ebbsfleet United and leaders Maidstone United.
A goalless draw wouldn’t be an ideal result for either side, but seems more likely than a goalfest - with Betfred offering a generous 14/1 if you back this choice.
Match odds: Home 3 /5, Draw 3/1, Away 16/5
Hampton & Richmond Borough vs Dorking Wanderers
Marc White’s Dorking side will go top of the division if they pick up a sixth straight win in south west London.
Wanderers have proved to be the competition’s entertainers thus far, racking up 46 goals in just 19 games. Their 8-0 Boxing Day victory over Havant & Waterlooville broke best win and biggest loss records for both sides.
However, they have only won three of ten away games to date this season.
Borough, meanwhile, broke a four game losing streak of their own last weekend by overcoming Concord Rangers 2-1.
Gary McCann’s side are 14th but only five points away from the playoffs in an incredibly congested midfield.
Eastbourne Borough vs Hungerford Town
The home side head into this game chasing a fourth win in five games.
Last weekend’s game against Oxford was Eastbourne’s first game in three weeks, and they clearly benefited from an enforced break over the festive period. Danny Bloor’s side ran out 2-0 winners.
Hungerford are in indifferent form, both winning and losing three of their last six games - although a win here would take them back into the playoff places.
Danny Robinson’s have taken an impressive 18 points on the road so far this season.
Match odds: Home 5/4, Draw 12/5, Away 8/5
Chelmsford City vs Welling United
The home side are unbeaten in five and will look to continue their climb up the table against the side directly below them in the table.
Peter Taylor’s Welling side picked up a surprise win over Dulwich Hamlet two weeks ago, ending a run of four straight losses. United then fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat to St Albans City last time out.
Match odds: Home 8/15, Draw 11/4, Away 19/5
Hemel Hempstead Town vs Bath City
Both sides will need to recover quickly after being beaten by Ebbsfleet United and Chelmsford respectively last weekend.
The Tudors are yet to win a league game at home in ten attempts to date, with only four points of their 19 earned at Vauxhall Road.
Bath are one place and one point ahead of their hosts heading into this game, and are yet to draw this season having played half their games.
Match odds: Home 5/4, Draw 12/5, Away 13/8
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