Harrogate skipper sends pre-Leyton Orient message, Wrexham stopper rivals Liverpool ace plus Hartlepool hope for fitness boost: National League preview

There are just three games to go in the National League - and plenty still to play for in England's fifth tier.

Thursday, 18th April 2019, 5:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th April 2019, 5:29 pm
Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett.

We take a closer look at the latest round of games ahead of Good Friday's action-packed fixture list, as well as what to keep an eye throughout the afternoon.

After three games without a win, Orient have recorded two consecutive victories to move back to the top of the table. Harrogate are also in the mix for promotion and are five points inside the play-off places.
Harrogate captain Josh Falkingham is happy to go into the game as underdogs. All the talk is about Leyton Orient and thats fine with us. Weve got to do what weve got to do and we have got clear heads," he said.

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With just one team set to go up automatically, Salford are just two points behind Orient with three games to go. The Ammies face an away trip to Boreham Wood this weekend.
Solihull are also in with a shout and are just one point behind Salford (three behind Orient). Moors will visit 13th-place Bromley on Friday.
The midfielder was forced to sit out last weekend's trip to Aldershot with an illness. Pools boss Craig Hignett will hope to have Noble available again for this weekend's home clash against Halifax Town.
Hawkes has missed Pools' last two games with a thigh injury and will be assessed ahead of the game with Halifax. Defender Aaron Cunningham also remains a doubt with a knee injury.
Nobody has kept more clean sheets in England's top five divisions than Wrexham goalkeeper Rob Lainton this season (20). Only Liverpool shot-stopper Allison has recorded a higher clean sheet percentage this term.
Halifax striker Devante Rodney struggled during his one-and-a-half year spell with Pools. The 20-year-old forward has found some form in recent weeks though, scoring in his last two games for The Shaymen.
The Spireites are unbeaten in their last six games, winning four and drawing two. Next up is a trip to Gateshead who have gone six games without a win.
The Fleet still have an outside chance of making the play-offs but are four points off seventh-place Eastleigh with three to play. Next up for Ebbsfleet is a trip to already-relegated Havant & Waterlooville.