Leyton Orient’s promotion warning, Wrexham eye surprise boost as Hartlepool target Salford shock: National League weekend preview

As the National League enters its final weekend, we take a look at what looks set to be a fascinating weekend in non-league.

Friday, 26th April 2019, 10:06 am
Updated Friday, 26th April 2019, 10:14 am
A look ahead to the action in the National League

There is plenty still to be decided at the top of the National League, with Hartlepool United set to play a key role in what could be a dramatic final day. Scroll down and click through the pages to preview another enthralling weekend in the National League:

With the National League title race going down to the wire - and three teams still in contention - all eyes will be on Brisbane Road to see if Orient can seal the crown. They only need a point to do so.
While it is very much Orients to lose, experienced winger Jobi McAnuff has warned his side that the job is far from done - and that they will have to be wary of Braintree.

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While Braintree may have nothing to play for, with their relegation already confirmed, they will be keen to spoil the party in East London. And theyve been in some fine form, winning four of their last five league outings.
If Orient do slip-up, then Salford will be plotting a shock move into top spot. They, of course, travel to Hartlepool United this weekend looking to keep the pressure on Orient and seal a dream rise to the EFL.
While a shock Pools win wouldnt affect their league position too much, Craig Hignetts players will be keen to impress their manager with many of them vying for new contracts - with their current deals set to expire.
Tim Flowers side have been the surprise package of the campaign and - while they are outsiders for the title - they will clinch promotion if Orient and Salford lose and they beat Dagenham & Redbridge.
Poor form of late has seen the Dragons promotion hopes disappear and now they must eye a somewhat surprising fourth place finish to ensure an easier fixture in the end of season lottery.
Theres a familiar face set to return to the Wrexham squad for their clash with Harrogate, too - with former Pools midfielder Brad Walker resuming his loan spell with the club after an injury lay-off.
Its advantage to Fylde in the race for fourth though, and a win over Halifax would guarantee that spot - barring a 15-goal swing from Wrexham. The Dragons, therefore, will be hoping the Coasters slip-up.
The pair have secured the final two play-off spots, and will now battle it out for 6th and 7th position to decide who will face Fylde and Wrexham in the initial round of the play-offs.
The Heed have enjoyed a fine season amid financial uncertainty, and could still finish in 8th place if they beat Barrow and Ebbsfleet slip-up against Bromley.
The strugglers have once again failed to pay their players on time - with the playing squad releasing a statement yesterday (Thursday) confirming the news.
It was reportedly claimed by the club in a meeting with supporters that players would also be paid some compensation for previous late payments - but they have no confirmed this is yet to materialise.