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PREVIEW: Vanarama National League South

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On Non-League Day there are a numbed of great matches to whet the appetite – the National League South promotion race is as exciting as it comes if you have yet to decide your Saturday afternoon destination.

This weekend sees a managerial debut as Jerry Gill gets down to work at Bath City.

The Romans have been searching for a new boss every since Gary Owers left for Torquay United last month. The new manager takes his team to a St Albans City side who want promotion themselves.

Bath too have their sights set on moving on up, a win could be enough to take them into the play-off places.

Not may people would have picked Truro City as league leaders as his stage.

The Whites Tigers could make it eight National League South wins in a row and they host a Hampton & Richmond side who need to start showing their FA Cup form in the league.

In second place Braintree Town, but you wouldn’t know it at training this week.

Brad Quinton’s side know they have to put last weekend’s 4-1 thrashing at Brackley Town in the Cup to the back of their minds and know they can do that with a win at Gloucester City.

“It’s a game that we need to show our character after last week,” said Quinton.

The other clubs right up there also need to put wobbles being them. East Thurrock go to Hungerford Town while Dartford – who were thrashed in their last league game at Weston – are at home to Bognor Regis Town.

There is a really big game at the bottom of the league and whoever comes out on top of Oxford City’s meeting with Poole Town will certainly feel the benefit.

Steve King says he is back at Whitehawk to keep the club in the division.

But he knows the Hawks really have to start winning matches or that task will become greater with every week that passes by.

Wealdstone’s league form has been boosted since Bobby Wilkinson settled in and they want a fourth home win in a row against the Susses strugglers tomorrow.

The winners of Welling United and Chippenham can take a stride towards the step seven. The game at Park View Road is “really really big” according to the Wings manager Jamie Coyle.

Rod Stringer will be of the same opinion. His Chelmsford City side now haven’t won in five league matches and he needs their scoring form in the FA Cup to return.

They face Eastbourne Borough at Melbourne at Stringer’s team needs to get back on track.

Elsewhere Havant & Waterlooville take their excellent away form to Essex as they look to get the better of Concord Rangers.


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