Wrexham handed pre-Hartlepool boost as Leyton Orient eye big gain: National League weekend preview

There's plenty still to play for in the National League as Hartlepool United and their rivals prepare for a pivotal weekend.

Friday, 22nd March 2019, 10:24 am
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 10:33 am
Wrexham have been handed a big boost ahead of their trip to Hartlepool United
Wrexham have been handed a big boost ahead of their trip to Hartlepool United

While Pools may not be set to mount a promotion push this term, there is still plenty to play for with both promotion and relegation battles set to rage on. With that in mind, we've taken a look at the key fixtures around the National League this weekend - simply scroll down and click through the pages to see what Hartlepool and their rivals are up to this weekend:

A clash which could have big implications at both ends of the table - with Salford City still eyeing the league title and Barnet keen to move themselves further away from relegation danger.
The Class of 92-backed side know that three points is essentially a must in this clash as they sit four points behind current leaders Leyton Orient - having played a game more.

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The Dragons could hand debuts to two new signings, with ex-Swansea midfielder Kemy Agustein having penned a short-term deal and Norwich youngster Anthony Spyrou joining on loan. Their availability could provide a big boost.
Craig Hignett will be forced to reshuffle his pack defensively, with ex-Newcastle ace David Edgar and Doncaster loanee Danny Amos absent this weekend as they jet off for international duty.
Leyton Orient currently sit top of the pile in the National League, but will be looking to secure a big financial gain and progress to the FA Trophy final as they face Telford on Saturday.
Tim Flowers side have surpassed all expectations this season and are currently well on track for a play-off place, if not more. They take on mid-table Halifax this weekend looking to sustain their promotion push.
The North Yorkshire side lost out to struggling Barnet in midweek, and will be keen to get their season back on track against a Barrow outfit who have sealed some fine results in recent weeks.
The play-off chasers will see new management in their dugout for the first time in over a decade, with the long-standing Paul Doswell taking a back seat. Ian Baird will take charge against Chesterfield.
The National Leagues basement club could be as good as relegated this weekend if they fail to find a way past a Bromley side eyeing a top-half finish.
The Stones, who of course have Jake Cassidy among their ranks, face a must-win clash with Ebbsfleet as they aim to preserve their National League status for another season.