The National League can be a gold-mine for value goalscorer picks. In this article I will be examining four players who I perceive as value to score and you can combine them all for a cool 1155/1 four fold.
Starting with the highest odds of the lot in a game featuring third-placed Barnet and 10th-placed Halifax at the Hive.
Under the stewardship of Dean Brennan, the Bees have had a strong start to the season, picking up 22 points from their opening ten games and scoring 21 goals in the process. Their strong home form is a major reason why Barnet have started so strongly, with Brennan's side winning all five home games while scoring 13 goals.
While experienced Nicke Kabamba has rightly taken the plaudits for his goalscoring form, with eight goals already and seven in his last five, there is another name that has gone under the radar in the goalscoring department.
Defender Danny Collinge isn't renowned for goals, with his highest-scoring season so far seeing him score just twice. However, the 25-year-old is a new man this season, scoring five goals in just ten starts. Collinge even scored in a pre-season victory over League 1 Cambridge.
Playing as part of a back five, Collinge has been given the freedom to step into midfield when Barnet are in possession. This often leads to him being on the edge of the box for cutbacks. Barnet also possesses real strength from set pieces and wide deleveries, so Collinge often finds himself on the end of crosses.
Odds of 11.0 for someone with a goal in five out of 10 starts seem far too big, especially as Barnet are expected to dominate. He is also a massive 29.0 for first goalscorer, a bet that has landed three times in the league this season, as well as the pre-season friendly with Cambridge.
Danny Collinge to score - 11.0
Another juicy price here comes from Hertfordshire, as Boreham Wood hosts Aldershot at Meadow Park.
After finishing in the top 10 three of the last four seasons, Boreham Wood will be disappointed with their slow start to the season, with Luke Garrard's side sitting in 16th, ahead of Saturday's visitors on goal difference. Garrard prides his side on defensive solidity, but his team have only kept two clean sheets all season.
Aldershot are the visitors to Meadow Park, with the Shots scoring 17 goals this season, only failing to score on two occasions. Lorent Tolaj arrived with a lot of hype from Brighton's renowned academy. Despite a fruitful preseason and an opening-day brace against Oxford City, the Swiss international had to wait until the recent 2-1 defeat at Barnet to get on the scoresheet again.
Stepping up for Aldershot during this dry spell was 19-year-old striker Josh Stokes. The teen arrived from AFC Sudbury in the summer and has looked like a real talent thus far. Stokes, an Ipswich Academy graduate, scored 16 goals and won Sudbury Player of the Year last year, firing his side to promotion. So far this season, he has five goals in nine starts.
A price of 7.5 for an in-form striker to score is far too big in my eyes.
Josh Stokes to score- 7.5
The next goalscorer pick comes from Surrey, with Dorking hosting recently relegated Rochdale.
After a shaky start to the season, Dorking have found their form, with the Wanderers currently four games unbeaten. Last season, Dorking games were like basketball games, scoring 67 goals and conceding 91, for an average of 3.43 goals per game. However, this season, their games have been less eventful, with an average of 2.6 goals per game.
Recently relegated Rochdale have had a decent start to the season, occupying 8th position and being unbeaten in their last three. Jimmy McNulty's side has only kept two clean sheets so far—against Eastleigh and recently promoted Oxford City.
Jason Prior is Dorking's main talisman. The 34-year-old is a prolific non-league goalscorer, scoring seven in 14 last season in an injury-plagued season. So far this season, he has scored five in nine starts. He ended last season with six goals in seven starts. With momentum on his side, playing for an in-form Dorking, he is the next goalscorer pick.
Jason Prior to score- 3.5
Finally, fifth-placed Gateshead host 20th-place Maidenhead United.
The Tynesiders went viral midweek after Marcus Dinanga's opener. It was a fine, passing move with the whole team involved. This is a testament to the fine work that Mike Williamson is doing at the club. His possession-based attacking football is a joy to watch and has led to the 39-year-old being linked with moves up the pyramid. However, he has refuted these claims and wants to stick with the Gateshead project.
They are the second-top scorers in the league, averaging 2.4 goals per game. With 3-0 and 0-6 wins in their last two, it's fair to say Williamson's side are exuding confidence. Gateshead will relish the chance to host lowly Maidenhead, who have lost their last three, conceding six in their last two away games.
While Marcus Dinanga has stolen the headlines with seven goals in ten starts, Stephen Wearne has impressed with five goals in ten starts. The 22-year-old has started every game and is on penalties. The odds of 4.0 for him to score look nice, especially since Gateshead are 1.45 favourites to win.
Stephen Wearne to score- 4.0
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