Forest Green are heading for a record-breaking run in their bold bid for promotion.
Rovers have clocked seven wins from seven since the start of the National League season and are ahead of the pack with a maximum 21 points. As well as promotion to the Football League, their rich vein of form is pushing them closer to the record for the most consecutive wins in the history of English football – jointly held by Arsenal, Manchester United, Bristol City and Preston North End with 14.
But although Adrian Pennock’s side are already half way to equalling the record, we think tomorrow’s trip away to Chester could be their toughest encounter yet.
Pennock will be forced to make defensive changes at the Devea Stadium after a gruelling Bank Holiday clash with Bromley, where Dale Bennett suffered a broken nose and blurred vision while in-form James Jennings has a hamstring problem.
It’s the first time the boss has been forced to make major changes to his flying side this campaign and because of this, we reckon Rover’s winning streak will come to an end. A 1-1 draw is the selection at 28/5 and Chester to win or draw is the saver selection at 63/100 with Marathonbet.
Dover are also in fine fettle and haven’t lost since the season opener against Barrow. They visit Southport tomorrow – who have only clocked one win in seven – and are a decent 49/50 to leave with three points. The Whites’ have never won by two goals or more this campaign so we recommend backing them to win 2-1 at 38/5 with Marathonbet.
There’s a clash of the early front-runners in National League North tomorrow when Solihull Moors take on Harrogate. The latter are just three points behind Solihull but have a far inferior goal difference, so a win on this occasion would not take them to the top. But we’re not so sure Harrogate, who finished 15th last campaign, can keep up their good run. We recommend Solihull to win both halves at 39/25.
And finally in National League South, favourite backers were badly stung when top-of-the-table Bath City dropped points away to winless Weston-Super-Mare on Monday. Bath now look a very big price to beat Dartford tomorrow at 17/20. Backing The Romans to glory is our best bet of the National League fixtures this weekend.
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