Hartlepool handed pre-Solihull Moors boost, unrest at Gateshead and Ebbsfleet plus Salford eye Leyton Orient's top spot: National League weekend preview

With just a few weeks of the season to go, there's still plenty to play for in the National League.

Saturday, 6th April 2019, 10:08 am
Updated Saturday, 6th April 2019, 10:24 am
Hartlepool United boss Craig Hignett set his side a target of a top-half finish.

We take a closer look at another big weekend of fixtures in the fifth tier, as well as how Hartlepool United and their rivals are shaping up.

Both sides currently occupy a play-off spot but are by no means guaranteed a top-seven finish. Fifth-place Fylde have a four-point buffer but have won just one of their last five league games.
Top scores Harrogate sit between Fylde and Eastleigh in sixth but have not won for four league games. An away trip to Havant & Waterlooville is up next.
Ebbsfleet players refused to warm up ahead of their game with Wrexham last weekend until a document had been signed confirming they would be paid. Despite the off-field issues The Fleet are still on the cusp of the play-offs.

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The Heed players were also paid late for a third successive month. It came after former Rochdale chairman Chris Dunphy withdrew his interest in taking over the club. Gateshead host Ebbsfleet this weekend.
After back-to-back wins, Solihull have now gone three games without a win. They are still just two points behind top of the table Leyton Orient though, ahead of The Moors' trip to Hartlepool.
Pools could be boosted by the return of defender Fraser Kerr who missed the game at Eastleigh last weekend through illness. Midfielder Adam Bale could also come back in following an ankle injury.
A few weeks ago Pools boss Craig Hignett set his sights on a top-half finish. Pools may be 15th in the table but are just two points off 12-place Bromley with five games to go.
Orient remain top of the table, with a game in hand, despite a 2-1 defeat at Bromley last weekend. Still, Orient are now just one point clear at the summit ahead of a home meeting with Halifax.
After winning six of their last seven, Salford have risen to second and are within touching distance of top spot. They can not afford any slip up at bottom of the table Maidstone though.
After Braintree were relegated from the National League last weekend, Maidstone will follow them through the trap door if they fail to beat Salford. In fact, even a win may not be enough.