All 3pm kick-offs
Chesterfield to win v Braintree – National League
Leyton Orient to win v Barrow – National League
Kidderminster to win v Ashton – National League North
Billeracy to win v Wealdstone – National League South
This Saturday, August 11: Non-League Acca has four home bankers to win with two from the National League and one each from the North and South divisions.
The non-league is always a minefield early on in the season with relatively unknown players and sides coming out of the woodwork. One thing that is usually consistent is the home advantage. The other thing we look at is whether a side has recently been promoted/relegated.
Chesterfield versus Braintree are two such sides. Chesterfield dropped down from League Two after a terrible campaign whilst Braintree won the play-offs from the league below to get them promotion. Essentially, there was two divisions separating them last season and for that reason, we think Chesterfield will have too much quality. Braintree did not romp the National League South in their promotion winning season. They finished sixth. And then they won penalties in the play-off route. Twice. So it is fair to say they had their slice of luck. This could be a huge wake up call for Braintree today.
Leyton Orient had their season of consolidation and will now look to regain promotion to League Two. They host a Barrow side who finished one point above relegation last season. The last time these two met, back in April, Leyton Orient trounced them 4-1 and we’re expecting more of the same.
Kidderminster were unlucky not to get promoted last season and go again this year. They host Ashton who managed to get through the play-offs from the Northern Premier League to earn promotion. So once again, you have two sides that have quite a gulf between them in terms of class and experience.
Billeracy big spenders
Billeracy have splashed the cash and if their early season form is anything to go by, it has been money well spent. The side are seeking a third successive promotion and are favourites to do so. They absolutely smashed the league last season, scoring 110 goals in their 46 games, topping the league by four points. Wealdstone are their visitors today and they have started the season well. They finished 11th last season but were poor on the road. We are backing the money-men to continue their romp towards the football league.
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