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This weekend's Conference preview and predictions

The battle to escape the lower reaches of English football is well and truly on.  

Total Football's Josh Harris previews this weekend's matches and gives his prediction on what could happen.

Barrow v Newport County

Barrow’s first three points of the season came last week at Tamworth in a 3-1 win.

David Bayliss’ men are unbeaten in their previous three games now, but are hosting a Newport County side who are fourth in the division and have won five of their eight league games.

However, they are three games without a win and might find this away trip to be a struggle.

Prediction: 3-2

Dartford v Hereford United

Dartford were on impressive form following their four wins on the bounce until last weekend when they travelled to Gateshead.

The Conference new boys head to a Hereford United side who also lost last time out.

This game has got a draw written all over it. 

Prediction: 2-2

Forest Green Rovers v Alfreton Town

Alfreton Town are looking to extend their two match unbeaten run at The New Lawn.

The home side have made a comfortable start to the season as they sit second in the league.

Dave Hockaday’s men suffered their first defeat against Grimsby last weekend and will be looking to get back to winning ways.

Prediction: 2-1

Gateshead v Tamworth

Tamworth travel to the Gateshead International Stadium on the back of three straight defeats, whilst Ian Bogies’ men sit sixth in the league.

The away side face a tough task but will need to pick up points again before they slide further down the table.

This will be a tough task too far from Tamworth. 

Prediction: 1-0

Kidderminster v Grimsby

Kidderminster Harriers are still the only side without a win in the Conference this season.

They face a Grimsby team who haven’t lost in seven games.

The away side saw off Forest Green Rovers last week, who were unbeaten prior to their trip to Blundell Park.

Kidderminster couldn’t have been given a worse time to host Rob Scott and Paul Hurst’s men.

Prediction: 0-3

Lincoln City v Hyde

These two sides have had terrible starts to the season, both languishing in the bottom three.

Lincoln have the home advantage, but Hyde come into the game off the back of their first win of the season last week, which will be a massive confidence boost for the away side.

Prediction: 0-1

Luton Town v Wrexham

After their impressive starts, these two teams are tipped to finish in promotion places come the end of the season

Luton have scored sixteen goals so far, just one less of the league leaders, whilst Wrexham seem tight at the back, conceding just five goals and have the best defensive record in the league.

The away side did put four past Cambridge last weekend so this game is set to be a cracker.

Prediction: 2-4

Mansfield Town v Braintree Town

The mid-table battle sees two sides who have proven to be inconsistent so far this campaign.

Mansfield have conceded eighteen goals already, which is the second most behind Nuneaton and Ebbsfleet.

Both teams go into this game on the back of a loss, and will be looking to put things right this weekend.

Prediction: 1-3

Nuneaton Town v Macclesfield Town

Struggling Nuneaton host a Macclesfield side who sit comfortably at the top of the pile.

The Silkmen have scored an impressive 17 goals so far, as they continue their quest to regain their League Two status.

However Nuneaton did pick up their second win of the season last weekend and go into the game with some confidence.

Prediction: 1-1

Southport v Ebbsfleet United

After Southport’s poor opening first five games, they have started picking up points in the past few weeks.

The away side collected three points last week at home to Mansfield as Southport dropped points at struggling Kidderminster.

Prediction: 0-2

Stockport County v Woking

Woking travel to a Stockport County side who are yet to win this month, whilst the away side thrashed Nuneaton 6-1 last Saturday.

Bradley Bubb scored four goals last time out and has impressed on his loan spell at the club but his team-mates might run into difficulty at Edgeley Park.

Prediction: 3-0

Cambridge United v AFC Telford United

Both these teams aren’t in the best of form after failing to pick up points again last week.

Cambridge haven’t won in six games. The home side will be desperate to put an end to this horrendous run, whilst AFC Telford will be looking to pick up three points in order to gain some form of consistency.

Goals aplenty are possible and a likely share of the spoils. 

Prediction: 2-2

By Josh Harris

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