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    Darran got a reaction from BG Punter in Mid week non-league 18th-20th January   
    Had to start the thread early as Bet 365 are a massive 3/1 on Oxford City to beat Cheltenham in the FA Trophy replay. Cheltenham are playing two games in two days as they are playing Kiddie in the league on Tuesday and this game on Wednesday. They have already said it will basically be the youth team playing Oxford.
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    Darran got a reaction from Kunal888 in National League > Jan 16th   
    At one stage all four were in front and Cheltenham scored their 2nd with seconds left of the game which was a shame, but both Margate and Dartford won with ease to continue the good run.
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    Darran got a reaction from Resolvedtwo in Mid week non-league 18th-20th January   
    Had to start the thread early as Bet 365 are a massive 3/1 on Oxford City to beat Cheltenham in the FA Trophy replay. Cheltenham are playing two games in two days as they are playing Kiddie in the league on Tuesday and this game on Wednesday. They have already said it will basically be the youth team playing Oxford.
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    Darran got a reaction from Kunal888 in National League > Jan 16th   
    Halifax v Barrow
    The FA Trophy takes centre stage this weekend and I was hoping to tip up in the game I am going to, but Dulwich are a little on the short side at 2/1 to beat Guiseley. I do think they have a real chance of causing an upset though, but wanted at least 5/2 before I got involved. The first bet though is Halifax who continued their superb run of form under Jim Harvey against Macclesfield last weekend. They were one of four winners tipped and they should have won by more given the amount of chances they created. Barrow on the other hand were playing a game the result of which went viral. They went 2-1 up in the 82nd minute and 3-1 up in the 87th, but they then conceded 3 goals in injury time to lose 4-3 to Tranmere. That will have done their confidence no good and they have lost ten of their 15 away league games and have won just two of them. Halifax look a different side since Harvey took over and whereas a few weeks ago you wouldn't have gone near them to win a game at 11/10 it all of a sudden looks decent value.
     
    Oxford City v Cheltenham
    I opposed Cheltenham in the previous round and they were slightly fortunate to edge past Chelmsford. They rested a few players in that game and I fully expect the same thing to happen here. Oxford are currently in the play-offs in the National League South and are a fair bit better than Chelmsford so it will be no surprise at all if City pushed them close. Cheltenham's season is all about winning the league and at 15/4 the home side are a value play.
     
    Truro v Macclesfield
    As I wrote last week I felt Macclesfield had been flattered a little in their recent results and so it proved as they were no match for Halifax. They won't fancy this game at all as it is a very long way to Truro and the home side are having a superb season currently sitting in 7th place in the National League South. They had a great result last weekend when getting a point against run away leaders Ebbsfleet and I think they can cause Macclesfield plenty of problems. Marathon's 29/10 is worth taking.
     
    Dartford v Bath
    Their are two Kent sides in the National League South who look cracking bets this weekend. I opposed Bath last weekend with another Kent side in Maidstone because they are on an awful run of form at the moment bar somehow beating Ebbsfleet 1-0. Dartford are in very good form at the moment having struggled a little when the season started after relegation. They are in the play-off hunt now though and they really should be odds on to win this game not Marathon's 11/10. The one small worry is they aren't the most prolific in front of goal and they have only scored once in their last five matches, but there is every chance that one will be enough.
     
    Margate v Chelmsford
    Margate are another team where a change of manager has seen a big upturn in form. They have won three of their five games under Nikki Bull and are finally showing the performances that the quality of their squad should be showing. Again Chelmsford were a team I took on last week and they duly lost 3-2 to Weston having been 2-1 in front. They are on a very poor run of form at the moment and now the Margate side are full of confidence they look a good bet 6/5 with Marathon.
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    Darran got a reaction from black_baar in National League > Jan 16th   
    Just make Dartford the Naps but Margate and Halifax just behind them.
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    Darran got a reaction from draganblazevski in National League > Jan 16th   
    Just make Dartford the Naps but Margate and Halifax just behind them.
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    Darran got a reaction from Resolvedtwo in National League > Jan 16th   
    Halifax v Barrow
    The FA Trophy takes centre stage this weekend and I was hoping to tip up in the game I am going to, but Dulwich are a little on the short side at 2/1 to beat Guiseley. I do think they have a real chance of causing an upset though, but wanted at least 5/2 before I got involved. The first bet though is Halifax who continued their superb run of form under Jim Harvey against Macclesfield last weekend. They were one of four winners tipped and they should have won by more given the amount of chances they created. Barrow on the other hand were playing a game the result of which went viral. They went 2-1 up in the 82nd minute and 3-1 up in the 87th, but they then conceded 3 goals in injury time to lose 4-3 to Tranmere. That will have done their confidence no good and they have lost ten of their 15 away league games and have won just two of them. Halifax look a different side since Harvey took over and whereas a few weeks ago you wouldn't have gone near them to win a game at 11/10 it all of a sudden looks decent value.
     
    Oxford City v Cheltenham
    I opposed Cheltenham in the previous round and they were slightly fortunate to edge past Chelmsford. They rested a few players in that game and I fully expect the same thing to happen here. Oxford are currently in the play-offs in the National League South and are a fair bit better than Chelmsford so it will be no surprise at all if City pushed them close. Cheltenham's season is all about winning the league and at 15/4 the home side are a value play.
     
    Truro v Macclesfield
    As I wrote last week I felt Macclesfield had been flattered a little in their recent results and so it proved as they were no match for Halifax. They won't fancy this game at all as it is a very long way to Truro and the home side are having a superb season currently sitting in 7th place in the National League South. They had a great result last weekend when getting a point against run away leaders Ebbsfleet and I think they can cause Macclesfield plenty of problems. Marathon's 29/10 is worth taking.
     
    Dartford v Bath
    Their are two Kent sides in the National League South who look cracking bets this weekend. I opposed Bath last weekend with another Kent side in Maidstone because they are on an awful run of form at the moment bar somehow beating Ebbsfleet 1-0. Dartford are in very good form at the moment having struggled a little when the season started after relegation. They are in the play-off hunt now though and they really should be odds on to win this game not Marathon's 11/10. The one small worry is they aren't the most prolific in front of goal and they have only scored once in their last five matches, but there is every chance that one will be enough.
     
    Margate v Chelmsford
    Margate are another team where a change of manager has seen a big upturn in form. They have won three of their five games under Nikki Bull and are finally showing the performances that the quality of their squad should be showing. Again Chelmsford were a team I took on last week and they duly lost 3-2 to Weston having been 2-1 in front. They are on a very poor run of form at the moment and now the Margate side are full of confidence they look a good bet 6/5 with Marathon.
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    Darran got a reaction from BATTLEHYMNS in National League > Jan 9th   
    Bromley v Southport
    Bromley have finally stopped the rot with a draw against Eastleigh (were 2 up) and a win against Dover although that was helped by Dover going down to ten men. They do have the advantage of having had nearly two weeks off, but Southport's great run under their new manager shows no signs of stopping. Only Eastleigh have managed to beat them since he took over and they have won every other league game including beating Wrexham twice over Christmas. Included in that run was a 5-3 win in the reverse fixture and I think the fact there were eight goals in that game leads us to the best bet in this game. Neither team keeps many clean sheets and both have goals in them as that match shows so given I think Southport will win I think the value play is backing them to win and both teams to score which is 17/4 with Stan James.
     
    Macclesfield v Halifax
    Another side who are flying for a change of manager are Halifax and they look a completely different side under Jim Harvey. They won at Lincoln on Boxing Day and were unlucky not to do the double of them as they were much the better team on Saturday in the revers fixture. In between that they beat Wrexham. Now Macclesfield moved up into the play-off places after beating Tranmere last weekend, but they had fortune on their side as Tranmere should have got at least a point and had a goal disallowed which should have stood. I am not sure they are playing as well as their form suggests and although they are rightly favourites the 100/30 on offer with William Hill on an away win is too big give their current form.
     
    Wrexham v Woking
    Woking have had a bizarre season. They had a great start and were the first team to beat Forest Green, but after that they couldn't buy a win and dropped so far down the table that it looked like they would be in a relegation scrap. However they have managed to turn it around and they have won six of their last eight games and losing just once. Losing Dan Holman is a bit of a blow, but they have plenty of confidence at the moment which can't be said about their rivals on Saturday. As I point out above they have lost their last three games and they have actually lost four of their last five with their only win in the league coming against Torquay. Woking are actually four points clear of them in the table now and although they have played two games more it would have been near impossible to think those positions would have been possible a few weeks back. Marathon go a rather bizarre, but big price of 37/13 on an away win and that is well worth taking.
     
    Bath v Maidstone
    Maidstone had a poor run a few weeks ago as they lost four out of five games, but they have managed to bounce back with a couple of 2-1 victories over Eastbourne and Margate. Although they have lost their last two away games, there away form up to that point had been very strong and they had better form on their travels than at home. They go to a Bath side on Saturday who are in woeful form. They have lost five of their last seven league games and although their only win in that time did come against Champions elect Ebbsfleet, that is looking like a bit of a fluke result. If Maidstone hadn't lost their last two away games I would have been tempted to make them a max bet, but even so at 7/5 they are the best bet of the weekend.
     
    Chelmsford v Weston-Super-Mare
    The home side here are currently bottom of the form table having not won in their last six games although only a late Dartford goal stopped them getting the three points on Saturday. Even so they are struggling at the moment and have only won three times at home this season. Weston on the other hand are in good form at the moment and are unbeaten in their last five matches. I just can't understand why Chelmsford are odds on in places to win this especially when you consider Weston's form has been better away from home this season. Again Marathon are the best price and again it is a strange on of 54/19.
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    Darran got a reaction from Gidds in National League > Jan 9th   
    Bromley v Southport
    Bromley have finally stopped the rot with a draw against Eastleigh (were 2 up) and a win against Dover although that was helped by Dover going down to ten men. They do have the advantage of having had nearly two weeks off, but Southport's great run under their new manager shows no signs of stopping. Only Eastleigh have managed to beat them since he took over and they have won every other league game including beating Wrexham twice over Christmas. Included in that run was a 5-3 win in the reverse fixture and I think the fact there were eight goals in that game leads us to the best bet in this game. Neither team keeps many clean sheets and both have goals in them as that match shows so given I think Southport will win I think the value play is backing them to win and both teams to score which is 17/4 with Stan James.
     
    Macclesfield v Halifax
    Another side who are flying for a change of manager are Halifax and they look a completely different side under Jim Harvey. They won at Lincoln on Boxing Day and were unlucky not to do the double of them as they were much the better team on Saturday in the revers fixture. In between that they beat Wrexham. Now Macclesfield moved up into the play-off places after beating Tranmere last weekend, but they had fortune on their side as Tranmere should have got at least a point and had a goal disallowed which should have stood. I am not sure they are playing as well as their form suggests and although they are rightly favourites the 100/30 on offer with William Hill on an away win is too big give their current form.
     
    Wrexham v Woking
    Woking have had a bizarre season. They had a great start and were the first team to beat Forest Green, but after that they couldn't buy a win and dropped so far down the table that it looked like they would be in a relegation scrap. However they have managed to turn it around and they have won six of their last eight games and losing just once. Losing Dan Holman is a bit of a blow, but they have plenty of confidence at the moment which can't be said about their rivals on Saturday. As I point out above they have lost their last three games and they have actually lost four of their last five with their only win in the league coming against Torquay. Woking are actually four points clear of them in the table now and although they have played two games more it would have been near impossible to think those positions would have been possible a few weeks back. Marathon go a rather bizarre, but big price of 37/13 on an away win and that is well worth taking.
     
    Bath v Maidstone
    Maidstone had a poor run a few weeks ago as they lost four out of five games, but they have managed to bounce back with a couple of 2-1 victories over Eastbourne and Margate. Although they have lost their last two away games, there away form up to that point had been very strong and they had better form on their travels than at home. They go to a Bath side on Saturday who are in woeful form. They have lost five of their last seven league games and although their only win in that time did come against Champions elect Ebbsfleet, that is looking like a bit of a fluke result. If Maidstone hadn't lost their last two away games I would have been tempted to make them a max bet, but even so at 7/5 they are the best bet of the weekend.
     
    Chelmsford v Weston-Super-Mare
    The home side here are currently bottom of the form table having not won in their last six games although only a late Dartford goal stopped them getting the three points on Saturday. Even so they are struggling at the moment and have only won three times at home this season. Weston on the other hand are in good form at the moment and are unbeaten in their last five matches. I just can't understand why Chelmsford are odds on in places to win this especially when you consider Weston's form has been better away from home this season. Again Marathon are the best price and again it is a strange on of 54/19.
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    Darran got a reaction from jakdhu in National League > Jan 9th   
    Bromley v Southport
    Bromley have finally stopped the rot with a draw against Eastleigh (were 2 up) and a win against Dover although that was helped by Dover going down to ten men. They do have the advantage of having had nearly two weeks off, but Southport's great run under their new manager shows no signs of stopping. Only Eastleigh have managed to beat them since he took over and they have won every other league game including beating Wrexham twice over Christmas. Included in that run was a 5-3 win in the reverse fixture and I think the fact there were eight goals in that game leads us to the best bet in this game. Neither team keeps many clean sheets and both have goals in them as that match shows so given I think Southport will win I think the value play is backing them to win and both teams to score which is 17/4 with Stan James.
     
    Macclesfield v Halifax
    Another side who are flying for a change of manager are Halifax and they look a completely different side under Jim Harvey. They won at Lincoln on Boxing Day and were unlucky not to do the double of them as they were much the better team on Saturday in the revers fixture. In between that they beat Wrexham. Now Macclesfield moved up into the play-off places after beating Tranmere last weekend, but they had fortune on their side as Tranmere should have got at least a point and had a goal disallowed which should have stood. I am not sure they are playing as well as their form suggests and although they are rightly favourites the 100/30 on offer with William Hill on an away win is too big give their current form.
     
    Wrexham v Woking
    Woking have had a bizarre season. They had a great start and were the first team to beat Forest Green, but after that they couldn't buy a win and dropped so far down the table that it looked like they would be in a relegation scrap. However they have managed to turn it around and they have won six of their last eight games and losing just once. Losing Dan Holman is a bit of a blow, but they have plenty of confidence at the moment which can't be said about their rivals on Saturday. As I point out above they have lost their last three games and they have actually lost four of their last five with their only win in the league coming against Torquay. Woking are actually four points clear of them in the table now and although they have played two games more it would have been near impossible to think those positions would have been possible a few weeks back. Marathon go a rather bizarre, but big price of 37/13 on an away win and that is well worth taking.
     
    Bath v Maidstone
    Maidstone had a poor run a few weeks ago as they lost four out of five games, but they have managed to bounce back with a couple of 2-1 victories over Eastbourne and Margate. Although they have lost their last two away games, there away form up to that point had been very strong and they had better form on their travels than at home. They go to a Bath side on Saturday who are in woeful form. They have lost five of their last seven league games and although their only win in that time did come against Champions elect Ebbsfleet, that is looking like a bit of a fluke result. If Maidstone hadn't lost their last two away games I would have been tempted to make them a max bet, but even so at 7/5 they are the best bet of the weekend.
     
    Chelmsford v Weston-Super-Mare
    The home side here are currently bottom of the form table having not won in their last six games although only a late Dartford goal stopped them getting the three points on Saturday. Even so they are struggling at the moment and have only won three times at home this season. Weston on the other hand are in good form at the moment and are unbeaten in their last five matches. I just can't understand why Chelmsford are odds on in places to win this especially when you consider Weston's form has been better away from home this season. Again Marathon are the best price and again it is a strange on of 54/19.
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    Darran got a reaction from Neubs in National League > Jan 9th   
    Bromley v Southport
    Bromley have finally stopped the rot with a draw against Eastleigh (were 2 up) and a win against Dover although that was helped by Dover going down to ten men. They do have the advantage of having had nearly two weeks off, but Southport's great run under their new manager shows no signs of stopping. Only Eastleigh have managed to beat them since he took over and they have won every other league game including beating Wrexham twice over Christmas. Included in that run was a 5-3 win in the reverse fixture and I think the fact there were eight goals in that game leads us to the best bet in this game. Neither team keeps many clean sheets and both have goals in them as that match shows so given I think Southport will win I think the value play is backing them to win and both teams to score which is 17/4 with Stan James.
     
    Macclesfield v Halifax
    Another side who are flying for a change of manager are Halifax and they look a completely different side under Jim Harvey. They won at Lincoln on Boxing Day and were unlucky not to do the double of them as they were much the better team on Saturday in the revers fixture. In between that they beat Wrexham. Now Macclesfield moved up into the play-off places after beating Tranmere last weekend, but they had fortune on their side as Tranmere should have got at least a point and had a goal disallowed which should have stood. I am not sure they are playing as well as their form suggests and although they are rightly favourites the 100/30 on offer with William Hill on an away win is too big give their current form.
     
    Wrexham v Woking
    Woking have had a bizarre season. They had a great start and were the first team to beat Forest Green, but after that they couldn't buy a win and dropped so far down the table that it looked like they would be in a relegation scrap. However they have managed to turn it around and they have won six of their last eight games and losing just once. Losing Dan Holman is a bit of a blow, but they have plenty of confidence at the moment which can't be said about their rivals on Saturday. As I point out above they have lost their last three games and they have actually lost four of their last five with their only win in the league coming against Torquay. Woking are actually four points clear of them in the table now and although they have played two games more it would have been near impossible to think those positions would have been possible a few weeks back. Marathon go a rather bizarre, but big price of 37/13 on an away win and that is well worth taking.
     
    Bath v Maidstone
    Maidstone had a poor run a few weeks ago as they lost four out of five games, but they have managed to bounce back with a couple of 2-1 victories over Eastbourne and Margate. Although they have lost their last two away games, there away form up to that point had been very strong and they had better form on their travels than at home. They go to a Bath side on Saturday who are in woeful form. They have lost five of their last seven league games and although their only win in that time did come against Champions elect Ebbsfleet, that is looking like a bit of a fluke result. If Maidstone hadn't lost their last two away games I would have been tempted to make them a max bet, but even so at 7/5 they are the best bet of the weekend.
     
    Chelmsford v Weston-Super-Mare
    The home side here are currently bottom of the form table having not won in their last six games although only a late Dartford goal stopped them getting the three points on Saturday. Even so they are struggling at the moment and have only won three times at home this season. Weston on the other hand are in good form at the moment and are unbeaten in their last five matches. I just can't understand why Chelmsford are odds on in places to win this especially when you consider Weston's form has been better away from home this season. Again Marathon are the best price and again it is a strange on of 54/19.
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    Darran got a reaction from jakdhu in National League > Jan 1st & 2nd   
    Bit annoyed as I was going to write something yesterday but as three of the four teams I wanted to back were drifting I thought I would leave it until today. Typical then that those three have now all been backed.
    First bet is Halifax. Jim Harvey has proven that actually the squad weren't anywhere near as bad as their other two managers have made out this season. Lincoln just having a slight dip in form and I would make Halifax small favs to win.
    Southport are worth backing to beat Wrexham again and were 3/1 yesterday! Still think the current price offers value and Wrexham have had a poor Christmas so far losing to both Southport and Halifax. It was a great performance for Southport to beat Barrow on Monday considering Barrow had their Boxing Day match called off.
    Truro are the Naps of the day although the odds against has all gone. Bath have been in shocking form bar a shock win against Ebbsfleet and Truro who are having a very good season were comfortable winners in the revers fixture on Boxing Day.
    The final bet is Gloucester to beat Worcester. I was at the game on Boxing Day and there was very little between the two sides and if anything Gloucester slightly edged it. A late sending off which wasn't a red card at all having seen the video replay changed the game and allowed Worcester to sneak a goal. Gloucester have actually been much better away this season and on what I saw on Boxing Day the 11/4 is very much a value play.
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    Darran got a reaction from jakdhu in National League > Boxing Day   
    Altrincham v Chester
      I don't understand the prices for this game and Altrincham look a big price at 23/10. Chester have struggled away from home this season. They have only won once away in their last six and that came at Southport who were in terrible form at the time. Granted they have travelled to the top two in that spell, but they could only manage a point at Boreham Wood and lost to Gateshead. Altrincham have managed some strong results at home this season and although they have dipped a little in their last six homes, there is nothing to suggest that Chester should be such strong favourites for this game. Overall Chester's only win in their last six was last Saturday against Torquay and although it was an easy win, Torquay are one of the poorer sides in the division. Altrincham performed with great credit at Cheltenham last week and I would make them slight favourites to win this game so the 23/10 is a must take.   Bromley v Eastleigh   Not surprisingly Eastleigh have already been backed, but as odds against is still available I think they are still a bet. I am not going to rewrite my thoughts on Eastleigh again, but their superb form continues. It is hard to know what has happened at Bromley given the superb form they were in has turned into losing their last five games. They have conceded 14 goals in their last five games and their defending has become a real issue. Given Eastleigh's strength in attack I find it hard to see Eastleigh not adding to their woes on Boxing Day.   Wrexham v Southport   Wrexham have only lost twice at home all season and have only lost once in their last six league games. However they have had a pretty kind fixture list of late so I am not sure the good run of form is as good as it looks. Dino Maamria has really turned Southport around since taking over and they have won four out of their five league games and won in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night at Worcester. They have beaten Macclesfield in this run and although Wrexham are the right favourites there is noway that Southport should be 6/1 shots.   Bradford Park Avenue v FCUM   Bradford are on fire at the moment. They are unbeaten in their last six league games and beat Lincoln in the FA Trophy on Monday night. They have only lost once at home all season and as long as the game gets the go ahead I think they can gain another three points. FCUM have really struggled to get to grips with the league since promotion and after being unbeaten in three they then suffered a poor loss to Gloucester City last weekend. 13/10 about the home side looks a decent bet.
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    Darran got a reaction from BATTLEHYMNS in National League > Boxing Day   
    Altrincham v Chester
      I don't understand the prices for this game and Altrincham look a big price at 23/10. Chester have struggled away from home this season. They have only won once away in their last six and that came at Southport who were in terrible form at the time. Granted they have travelled to the top two in that spell, but they could only manage a point at Boreham Wood and lost to Gateshead. Altrincham have managed some strong results at home this season and although they have dipped a little in their last six homes, there is nothing to suggest that Chester should be such strong favourites for this game. Overall Chester's only win in their last six was last Saturday against Torquay and although it was an easy win, Torquay are one of the poorer sides in the division. Altrincham performed with great credit at Cheltenham last week and I would make them slight favourites to win this game so the 23/10 is a must take.   Bromley v Eastleigh   Not surprisingly Eastleigh have already been backed, but as odds against is still available I think they are still a bet. I am not going to rewrite my thoughts on Eastleigh again, but their superb form continues. It is hard to know what has happened at Bromley given the superb form they were in has turned into losing their last five games. They have conceded 14 goals in their last five games and their defending has become a real issue. Given Eastleigh's strength in attack I find it hard to see Eastleigh not adding to their woes on Boxing Day.   Wrexham v Southport   Wrexham have only lost twice at home all season and have only lost once in their last six league games. However they have had a pretty kind fixture list of late so I am not sure the good run of form is as good as it looks. Dino Maamria has really turned Southport around since taking over and they have won four out of their five league games and won in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night at Worcester. They have beaten Macclesfield in this run and although Wrexham are the right favourites there is noway that Southport should be 6/1 shots.   Bradford Park Avenue v FCUM   Bradford are on fire at the moment. They are unbeaten in their last six league games and beat Lincoln in the FA Trophy on Monday night. They have only lost once at home all season and as long as the game gets the go ahead I think they can gain another three points. FCUM have really struggled to get to grips with the league since promotion and after being unbeaten in three they then suffered a poor loss to Gloucester City last weekend. 13/10 about the home side looks a decent bet.
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    Darran got a reaction from vikki37 in National League > Boxing Day   
    Altrincham v Chester
      I don't understand the prices for this game and Altrincham look a big price at 23/10. Chester have struggled away from home this season. They have only won once away in their last six and that came at Southport who were in terrible form at the time. Granted they have travelled to the top two in that spell, but they could only manage a point at Boreham Wood and lost to Gateshead. Altrincham have managed some strong results at home this season and although they have dipped a little in their last six homes, there is nothing to suggest that Chester should be such strong favourites for this game. Overall Chester's only win in their last six was last Saturday against Torquay and although it was an easy win, Torquay are one of the poorer sides in the division. Altrincham performed with great credit at Cheltenham last week and I would make them slight favourites to win this game so the 23/10 is a must take.   Bromley v Eastleigh   Not surprisingly Eastleigh have already been backed, but as odds against is still available I think they are still a bet. I am not going to rewrite my thoughts on Eastleigh again, but their superb form continues. It is hard to know what has happened at Bromley given the superb form they were in has turned into losing their last five games. They have conceded 14 goals in their last five games and their defending has become a real issue. Given Eastleigh's strength in attack I find it hard to see Eastleigh not adding to their woes on Boxing Day.   Wrexham v Southport   Wrexham have only lost twice at home all season and have only lost once in their last six league games. However they have had a pretty kind fixture list of late so I am not sure the good run of form is as good as it looks. Dino Maamria has really turned Southport around since taking over and they have won four out of their five league games and won in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night at Worcester. They have beaten Macclesfield in this run and although Wrexham are the right favourites there is noway that Southport should be 6/1 shots.   Bradford Park Avenue v FCUM   Bradford are on fire at the moment. They are unbeaten in their last six league games and beat Lincoln in the FA Trophy on Monday night. They have only lost once at home all season and as long as the game gets the go ahead I think they can gain another three points. FCUM have really struggled to get to grips with the league since promotion and after being unbeaten in three they then suffered a poor loss to Gloucester City last weekend. 13/10 about the home side looks a decent bet.
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    Darran got a reaction from Neubs in National League > Boxing Day   
    Altrincham v Chester
      I don't understand the prices for this game and Altrincham look a big price at 23/10. Chester have struggled away from home this season. They have only won once away in their last six and that came at Southport who were in terrible form at the time. Granted they have travelled to the top two in that spell, but they could only manage a point at Boreham Wood and lost to Gateshead. Altrincham have managed some strong results at home this season and although they have dipped a little in their last six homes, there is nothing to suggest that Chester should be such strong favourites for this game. Overall Chester's only win in their last six was last Saturday against Torquay and although it was an easy win, Torquay are one of the poorer sides in the division. Altrincham performed with great credit at Cheltenham last week and I would make them slight favourites to win this game so the 23/10 is a must take.   Bromley v Eastleigh   Not surprisingly Eastleigh have already been backed, but as odds against is still available I think they are still a bet. I am not going to rewrite my thoughts on Eastleigh again, but their superb form continues. It is hard to know what has happened at Bromley given the superb form they were in has turned into losing their last five games. They have conceded 14 goals in their last five games and their defending has become a real issue. Given Eastleigh's strength in attack I find it hard to see Eastleigh not adding to their woes on Boxing Day.   Wrexham v Southport   Wrexham have only lost twice at home all season and have only lost once in their last six league games. However they have had a pretty kind fixture list of late so I am not sure the good run of form is as good as it looks. Dino Maamria has really turned Southport around since taking over and they have won four out of their five league games and won in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night at Worcester. They have beaten Macclesfield in this run and although Wrexham are the right favourites there is noway that Southport should be 6/1 shots.   Bradford Park Avenue v FCUM   Bradford are on fire at the moment. They are unbeaten in their last six league games and beat Lincoln in the FA Trophy on Monday night. They have only lost once at home all season and as long as the game gets the go ahead I think they can gain another three points. FCUM have really struggled to get to grips with the league since promotion and after being unbeaten in three they then suffered a poor loss to Gloucester City last weekend. 13/10 about the home side looks a decent bet.
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    Darran got a reaction from BG Punter in National League > Boxing Day   
    Altrincham v Chester
      I don't understand the prices for this game and Altrincham look a big price at 23/10. Chester have struggled away from home this season. They have only won once away in their last six and that came at Southport who were in terrible form at the time. Granted they have travelled to the top two in that spell, but they could only manage a point at Boreham Wood and lost to Gateshead. Altrincham have managed some strong results at home this season and although they have dipped a little in their last six homes, there is nothing to suggest that Chester should be such strong favourites for this game. Overall Chester's only win in their last six was last Saturday against Torquay and although it was an easy win, Torquay are one of the poorer sides in the division. Altrincham performed with great credit at Cheltenham last week and I would make them slight favourites to win this game so the 23/10 is a must take.   Bromley v Eastleigh   Not surprisingly Eastleigh have already been backed, but as odds against is still available I think they are still a bet. I am not going to rewrite my thoughts on Eastleigh again, but their superb form continues. It is hard to know what has happened at Bromley given the superb form they were in has turned into losing their last five games. They have conceded 14 goals in their last five games and their defending has become a real issue. Given Eastleigh's strength in attack I find it hard to see Eastleigh not adding to their woes on Boxing Day.   Wrexham v Southport   Wrexham have only lost twice at home all season and have only lost once in their last six league games. However they have had a pretty kind fixture list of late so I am not sure the good run of form is as good as it looks. Dino Maamria has really turned Southport around since taking over and they have won four out of their five league games and won in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night at Worcester. They have beaten Macclesfield in this run and although Wrexham are the right favourites there is noway that Southport should be 6/1 shots.   Bradford Park Avenue v FCUM   Bradford are on fire at the moment. They are unbeaten in their last six league games and beat Lincoln in the FA Trophy on Monday night. They have only lost once at home all season and as long as the game gets the go ahead I think they can gain another three points. FCUM have really struggled to get to grips with the league since promotion and after being unbeaten in three they then suffered a poor loss to Gloucester City last weekend. 13/10 about the home side looks a decent bet.
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    Darran got a reaction from jakdhu in National League > Dec 18th & 19th   
    Dartford are my main bet this weekend. They are in decent enough form themselves and Whitehawk were out on their feet on Wednesday night at the end of the game. It was on a heavy pitch and after 120 minutes on that it is surely going to have an effect less than 72 hours later. They also were forced to use all their subs up by early on in the 2nd half which wasn't ideal either. Sometimes the tired teams can still manage to nick a result so it's not a lump on job, but the value certainly is with Dartford.
    I have also backed Halifax this weekend against Tranmere. The away side are ona very poor run of form at the moment and they look a side low on confidence and Gray Brabin is under a huge amount of pressure. Halifax obviously aren't the best side in the division, but the improvement has been there under Jim Harvey and they are a bigger price than they should be this weekend.
    The final bet is Concord at Havant. Yes Havant won for me last weekend, but FGR hardly went to win the game and Havant's league form has been dreadful. Until Concord lost to Sutton last time they were on a fantastic run of form and I fancy them to bounce back here.
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    Darran got a reaction from buga00 in National League > Dec 18th & 19th   
    Dartford are my main bet this weekend. They are in decent enough form themselves and Whitehawk were out on their feet on Wednesday night at the end of the game. It was on a heavy pitch and after 120 minutes on that it is surely going to have an effect less than 72 hours later. They also were forced to use all their subs up by early on in the 2nd half which wasn't ideal either. Sometimes the tired teams can still manage to nick a result so it's not a lump on job, but the value certainly is with Dartford.
    I have also backed Halifax this weekend against Tranmere. The away side are ona very poor run of form at the moment and they look a side low on confidence and Gray Brabin is under a huge amount of pressure. Halifax obviously aren't the best side in the division, but the improvement has been there under Jim Harvey and they are a bigger price than they should be this weekend.
    The final bet is Concord at Havant. Yes Havant won for me last weekend, but FGR hardly went to win the game and Havant's league form has been dreadful. Until Concord lost to Sutton last time they were on a fantastic run of form and I fancy them to bounce back here.
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    Darran got a reaction from Gamblergb in National League > Dec 18th & 19th   
    Dartford are my main bet this weekend. They are in decent enough form themselves and Whitehawk were out on their feet on Wednesday night at the end of the game. It was on a heavy pitch and after 120 minutes on that it is surely going to have an effect less than 72 hours later. They also were forced to use all their subs up by early on in the 2nd half which wasn't ideal either. Sometimes the tired teams can still manage to nick a result so it's not a lump on job, but the value certainly is with Dartford.
    I have also backed Halifax this weekend against Tranmere. The away side are ona very poor run of form at the moment and they look a side low on confidence and Gray Brabin is under a huge amount of pressure. Halifax obviously aren't the best side in the division, but the improvement has been there under Jim Harvey and they are a bigger price than they should be this weekend.
    The final bet is Concord at Havant. Yes Havant won for me last weekend, but FGR hardly went to win the game and Havant's league form has been dreadful. Until Concord lost to Sutton last time they were on a fantastic run of form and I fancy them to bounce back here.
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    Darran got a reaction from jakdhu in FA Trohpy and other non-league 12th December   
    Cheltenham v Chelmsford
    I am chancing my arm with four big priced selections and only one needs to win to show a profit. My theory is that the big National League teams would rather they were out instead of in the FA Trophy and the chances are they will be playing weakened teams. The last four National League champions were all knocked out of the FA Trophy in the 1st Round and I am certain that a Trophy run has certainly hindered some teams when trying to win the title. On that basis I really hope Eastleigh go out to Aldershot, but Aldershot weren't quite as big a price as I hoped so I am passing them over. Also given I don't have Cheltenham covered in the ante-post market I wouldn't mind them winning this, but a chance has to be taken on Chelmsford at a massive 9/1 with Ladbrokes.
    The funny thing about this game is that it could have been a massive local derby as Chelmsford beat Gloucester in the previous round and if Gloucester had of won then Cheltenham would have had to have gone all out for victory as the fans would not have wanted the embarrassment of losing to their big local rivals. As they have Chelmsford they can now afford to rest a few players and the fans won't really care too much if they win or lose now, especially as all they want is to get back into the Football League. Obviously the players on the pitch will still be wanting to win the game, but the incentive is so much more for Chelmsford and hopefully they can pull off a shock.
     
    Grimsby v Solihull Moors
    The theory for the above game is the same for this one, although here Grimsby have a big FA Cup game in mid-week and Solihull are a better team than Chelmsford. I can't believe that Paul Hurst or the Grimsby fans are to bothered about the FA Trophy as their season is all about trying to gain promotion. Also a chance of getting to the FA Cup 3rd Round will be more important than this and it would be no surprise to see a few players rested ahead of that tie. Solihull may have lost their first game of the season in the League last weekend, but given they were unbeaten for 17 that takes some doing. To be fair Grimsby are on a decent unbeaten run themselves, but Solihull could be more than a match for them especially if playing a weakened team. I am a little surprised Solihull are as big as they are at 61/10 (Marathon) and although they are going for promotion themselves, they will be wanting the chance to show they can perform against a team from the league above.
     
    Havant & Waterlooville v Forest Green Rovers
    Havant have been disgraceful so far this season. They spent big in the summer and how on earth Lee Bradbury is still in a job given how badly they have under performed given the strength of their team, I am however going to back them on Saturday. They have put in the odd strong performance and it is worth remembering that they came back from 3-1 down against Cheltenham in the FA Cup to force a replay. Again I expect Forest Green to rest a few players ahead of the busy Christmas period and Havant do have a talented squad who have the ability to cause problems as they showed against Chelmsford. There is enough juice in Marathon's price of 22/5 to make me want to play.
     
    Torquay v Chesham
    This bet is opposing a team who are in the National League relegation zone and are really struggling. Torquay haven't really improved all that much under their new boss and it is clear that the team isn't really good enough for the National League and they will be doing well to stay up. As we know Chesham had a superb run in the FA Cup and they fully deserved their win at Bristol Rovers. They wouldn't even need to repeat that effort to go close to winning this, but they certainly should be fancying their chances of causing another Cup shock. Marathon go 47/10 about an away win.
     
    Ryman Premier Double
    Needham Market have been flying in recent weeks. Things really seem to have clicked and they have won six of their last seven games, including a win at table topping Dulwich last weekend. Enfield have only picked up two points in their last five games and Market should be able to continue their fine form. Leiston's form has dipped in recent weeks and they have only won twice in their last eight games, but they go to Lewes who are the worst side in the league by far. They only have seven points and have lost seven of their last eight. Leiston should be picking up the three points here fairly comfortably and at 1/2 are well worth sticking in a double with Needham Market which pays just over 1.8/1 with Marathon.
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    Darran got a reaction from Gidds in National League > Dec 5th   
    Barrow v Boreham Wood Even though Barrow's manager got sacked and Paul Cox has taken over, their home form has been very strong. They have only lost twice at home and they beat Woking last week in Cox's first game in charge. They host a Boreham Wood side who have got a couple of very good draws against Tranmere and Lincoln, but their problem is scoring goals and they are averaging less than a goal a game. Barrow should continue their strong home form on Saturday and look a fair price at BetVictor's 29/20.   Halifax v Guiseley I didn't think there was ever going to be apoint this season where I would want to back Halifax, but they look a very different side since Darren Kelly was sacked and Jim Harvey took over. Under Kelly they couldn't defend to save their lives and although they have still let in 3 goals in their two games under Harvey, that is a massive improvement. They put four past Gateshead when having ten men for over half of the match and put the same amount past Dover last week. In that sort of form they should fancy their chances about beating a Guiseley side who have only won once away all season. Marathon's 8/5 looks a fair price.   Kettering v Cambridge City Into the Southern League for the final and best bet of the weekend. Kettering have strengthened in recent weeks and their team looks very strong now. They are unbeaten in three and they beat league leaders Poole last weekend and deserved the three points. They look capable of going on a little run now and will fancy their chances of beating a Cambridge side who have lost four of their last six. To be fair to them the two wins did come against two sides in the top 5 in the table, but improved Kettering should have too much for them and Boyelsports go 20/21 about a home win.
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    Darran got a reaction from Neubs in National League > Dec 5th   
    Barrow v Boreham Wood Even though Barrow's manager got sacked and Paul Cox has taken over, their home form has been very strong. They have only lost twice at home and they beat Woking last week in Cox's first game in charge. They host a Boreham Wood side who have got a couple of very good draws against Tranmere and Lincoln, but their problem is scoring goals and they are averaging less than a goal a game. Barrow should continue their strong home form on Saturday and look a fair price at BetVictor's 29/20.   Halifax v Guiseley I didn't think there was ever going to be apoint this season where I would want to back Halifax, but they look a very different side since Darren Kelly was sacked and Jim Harvey took over. Under Kelly they couldn't defend to save their lives and although they have still let in 3 goals in their two games under Harvey, that is a massive improvement. They put four past Gateshead when having ten men for over half of the match and put the same amount past Dover last week. In that sort of form they should fancy their chances about beating a Guiseley side who have only won once away all season. Marathon's 8/5 looks a fair price.   Kettering v Cambridge City Into the Southern League for the final and best bet of the weekend. Kettering have strengthened in recent weeks and their team looks very strong now. They are unbeaten in three and they beat league leaders Poole last weekend and deserved the three points. They look capable of going on a little run now and will fancy their chances of beating a Cambridge side who have lost four of their last six. To be fair to them the two wins did come against two sides in the top 5 in the table, but improved Kettering should have too much for them and Boyelsports go 20/21 about a home win.
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    Darran got a reaction from BG Punter in National League > Dec 5th   
    Barrow v Boreham Wood Even though Barrow's manager got sacked and Paul Cox has taken over, their home form has been very strong. They have only lost twice at home and they beat Woking last week in Cox's first game in charge. They host a Boreham Wood side who have got a couple of very good draws against Tranmere and Lincoln, but their problem is scoring goals and they are averaging less than a goal a game. Barrow should continue their strong home form on Saturday and look a fair price at BetVictor's 29/20.   Halifax v Guiseley I didn't think there was ever going to be apoint this season where I would want to back Halifax, but they look a very different side since Darren Kelly was sacked and Jim Harvey took over. Under Kelly they couldn't defend to save their lives and although they have still let in 3 goals in their two games under Harvey, that is a massive improvement. They put four past Gateshead when having ten men for over half of the match and put the same amount past Dover last week. In that sort of form they should fancy their chances about beating a Guiseley side who have only won once away all season. Marathon's 8/5 looks a fair price.   Kettering v Cambridge City Into the Southern League for the final and best bet of the weekend. Kettering have strengthened in recent weeks and their team looks very strong now. They are unbeaten in three and they beat league leaders Poole last weekend and deserved the three points. They look capable of going on a little run now and will fancy their chances of beating a Cambridge side who have lost four of their last six. To be fair to them the two wins did come against two sides in the top 5 in the table, but improved Kettering should have too much for them and Boyelsports go 20/21 about a home win.
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    Darran got a reaction from buga00 in National League > Dec 5th   
    Barrow v Boreham Wood Even though Barrow's manager got sacked and Paul Cox has taken over, their home form has been very strong. They have only lost twice at home and they beat Woking last week in Cox's first game in charge. They host a Boreham Wood side who have got a couple of very good draws against Tranmere and Lincoln, but their problem is scoring goals and they are averaging less than a goal a game. Barrow should continue their strong home form on Saturday and look a fair price at BetVictor's 29/20.   Halifax v Guiseley I didn't think there was ever going to be apoint this season where I would want to back Halifax, but they look a very different side since Darren Kelly was sacked and Jim Harvey took over. Under Kelly they couldn't defend to save their lives and although they have still let in 3 goals in their two games under Harvey, that is a massive improvement. They put four past Gateshead when having ten men for over half of the match and put the same amount past Dover last week. In that sort of form they should fancy their chances about beating a Guiseley side who have only won once away all season. Marathon's 8/5 looks a fair price.   Kettering v Cambridge City Into the Southern League for the final and best bet of the weekend. Kettering have strengthened in recent weeks and their team looks very strong now. They are unbeaten in three and they beat league leaders Poole last weekend and deserved the three points. They look capable of going on a little run now and will fancy their chances of beating a Cambridge side who have lost four of their last six. To be fair to them the two wins did come against two sides in the top 5 in the table, but improved Kettering should have too much for them and Boyelsports go 20/21 about a home win.
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