2021/2022 National League Matchday 30 Preview – London & South East


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With cup competitions cast aside this week, a full National League fixture list provides some bumper ties for the teams in the region. 

Note: The effects of Storm Eunice have been felt around the country, and as such all games will likely require pitch inspections before going ahead. 

Kings Lynn Town v Bromley

Two straight defeats have stunted the progress of the Kent side, losing out at Roots Hall to the league’s form side before going down to table-topping Stockport County. 

Andy Woodman’s side have the opportunity to get back on track with a trip to Norfolk to face Kings Lynn Town. 

Life has been tough for the Linnets since their pandemic promotion back in 2020, with a 21st placed finish in their maiden season only reprieved by the unfortunate situations of other clubs. 

However, Kings Lynn have been in a predicament themselves, very nearly being financially unable to meet their fixtures last season and there was uncertainty heading into the current campaign. 

Just 15 points from 26 games have near-on already condemned them to relegation back to the National League South and the financial situation at the club appears to be alarming. 

Bromley will hope that players like Michael Cheek can rediscover their form on games like this against opposition who have conceded 51 goals this season. 

Stockport County v Woking

The Cards face a tough trip to Greater Manchester to take on the league leaders in a game that the Surrey side will see as a free hit. 

Stockport’s recent league form is rivalled only by a resurgent Southend United, going unbeaten since December 11th and drawing just one game in the process. 

Woking have experienced rather the opposite fate, with just one win coming since the turn of the year. 

The defensive troubles that have haunted Woking this season have once again become more prudent, conceding five goals in two games against Altrincham and Southend. As such, the Cards will have to adjust and find the defensive formula to shut out a County side with 58 league goals to their name. 

Torquay United v Barnet 

With Weymouth starting to pick up valuable points, the Bees will be determined to stop the rot and ensure they are not dragged back into a relegation battle. 

Sadly for Barnet, Torquay have found some form at the turn of the year, winning four of their six 2022 matches. 

The London side will be looking to bounce back from a crushing 3-1 loss at home to fellow strugglers Wealdstone. A Ben Richards-Everton effort was not enough to earn a return from the all-London encounter at the Hive, much to the disappointment of Bees fans. 

Once more, their defensive issues have been the real catalyst for the rut that Barnet find themselves in, and if they were able to rectify that then they could well get something from this game. 

Wealdstone v Wrexham

Looking to capitalise on their victory over Barnet are indeed the Stones, who appeared to have sharpened their tools in recent weeks. 

The victory in North London completed just their second account of back-to-back victories this season, with Nathan Ferguson, Joshua Umerah, and Jadyn Josiah Mundle-Smith on the scoresheet. 

However, Wrexham pose a very different kind of challenge, with a team that have become renowned for grounding out results on the horizon. 

With the money spent, perhaps sitting 12 points behind the league leaders is an underwhelming return. However, the tables do look as if they are turning and the Welsh side are undoubtedly right in the thick of the play-off mix. 

Yeovil Town v Dagenham & Redbridge

Following the Daggers’ progression into the FA Trophy quarter-finals, their National League trip to Huish Park has already been postponed due to the effects of Storm Eunice. The East London side will next be in action against Woking at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. 

Maidenhead United v Boreham Wood

After an unceremonious dumping out of the FA Trophy by Wrexham, Boreham Wood returned to National League action with a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Altrincham. 

They face a trip to a revived Maidenhead United in the 5:20 pm kick-off on BT Sport. Despite a treacherous end to 2021, the Magpies have lost just once since December 28th, against leaders Stockport County. 

Wood will hope that they can claim a victory at York Road, keeping the pressure up on Stockport and Chesterfield. 

Once again, this week poses a greatly intriguing selection of fixtures, with implications in every nook and cranny of the Vanarama National League.

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