Salford chief warns Leyton Orient, Wrexham ace makes surprising claim as Hartlepool face big impact: National League weekend preview

Hartlepool United look set to play their part in another big weekend in the National League - with some key games set to be played.

Friday, 12th April 2019, 11:58 am
Updated Friday, 12th April 2019, 12:04 pm
We preview this weekend in the National League
We preview this weekend in the National League

There is plenty still to be decided at the top and bottom of the division - and Hartlepool could find themselves having a big impact on the race for promotion and battle against relegation. Scroll down and click through the pages as we highlight the key talking points from this weekend in the National League:

This game could prove key in the promotion race. Sutton, still in with a chance of the play-offs, will be keen to boost their own hopes and dent league leaders Orient's chances of the title.
The O's lifted themselves to the top of the National League with a fine 3-2 win over Eastleigh in midweek - and they'll no doubt be buoyed after that comeback triumph.

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The Ammies sit just two points behind Orient in second, and will be keen to capitalise should the league leaders slip-up. Salford host mid-table Maidenhead United this weekend.
Ahead of what looks to be a dramatic title race, Salford manager Graham Alexander has warned Orient that his players are in a 'determined mood' ahead of some key fixtures.
Pools' opponents of last weekend continue their title tilt with a visit from Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday afternoon. They could move top if both Salford and Leyton Orient lose.
The south coast side could be relegated this weekend if they fall to defeat - with a late run for survival now looking extremely unlikely.
The Coasters will be keen to secure a top three spot to aid their play-off bid, and could take a step towards that goal against doomed Braintree Town on Saturday.
The Dragons have endured some difficult results of late and have slid away from the top three. They'll be looking to mount a late surge, starting with a visit to Barnet this weekend.
Indeed, Wrexham defender Kevin Roberts has admitted his side are now aiming for second or third - despite being just six points off top spot.
It could be a big weekend for Hartlepool United too, as they look to bounce back from defeat to Solihull when they travel to Aldershot.
Victory for Pools could spell the end of the road in the National League for Aldershot - who are currently 11 points adrift of safety with four games to play.
The Spireites have been transformed under new manager John Sheridan. They could continue their remarkable rise up the National League when they host strugglers Maidstone.