It’s been yet another season packed with goals in the Conference National division and the final day promises to provide plenty more drama across 12 fascinating matches.
We’ve picked out three that we believe will have a minimum of three goals. It doesn’t matter which way those goals come. We just need three or more in each of those selected matches. The action doesn’t start until 5:30PM, so a payout just shy of 6/1 would be a great start to the evening.
Halifax Town v Macclesfield Town
A lot of teams don’t have anything to play for, but the Shaymen will be desperate to confirm their survival with a win over Macclesfield. And if the hosts are to beat the drop, they’ll need to improve their fortunes in the attacking third.
Shaquille McDonald’s winner at Forest Green was Halifax’s first in five matches, but that confidence gained from climbing out of the drop zone could make all the difference. They have scored 34 times at the Shay this season, so there is no reason to think they can’t score here too.
The hosts have conceded 42 in those 22 matches, though, whilst the visiting Silkmen boast 31 on the road. However, John Askey’s men have leaked 26 in total while the lack of motivation could leave their defence a little vulnerable too.
We think both teams will score. Let’s just hope it’s not a 1-1.
Southport v Kidderminster Harriers
It hasn’t always been an easy ride for Southport, but a change of management has worked wonders and they enter the final day on the back of a six-game unbeaten run. In truth, they should extend that to seven with some comfort as they take welcome the relegated Kidderminster to Haig Avenue.
Andy Bishop’s side might not have it all their own way, though, especially as they’ve leaked 40 goals in just 22 home games. The visitors, meanwhile, have hit 24 in 22 on the road, which is why John Eustace’s should be confident about scoring in their last Conference outing for a while.
Southport have hit a total of 31 home goals this season and also boast two in each of their last four matches. The firepower of Louis Almond and co should be more than enough to punish an away defence that’s conceded 39 on the road.
Quite frankly, Southport could easily net three goals by themselves. If not, the chance of an away goal could be massively helpful.
Woking v Eastleigh
Goals have been an all too regular occurrence for Woking in recent months but, unfortunately, most of them have come at the wrong end. However, despite winning just twice in the run, nine of their last 12 have ended with a minimum of three goals in total. We have no reason to think they won’t end the campaign in similar style.
The Cardinals should be quietly confident after winning two of their last three. Moreover, a return of 34 home goals is pretty pleasing for Garry Hill’s men, even if the 28 conceded is a cause for concern.
Eastleigh will be gutted to miss out on the play-offs by such a narrow margin, but Chris Todd’s men have more than enough quality to give their travelling fans something to shout about. Goals haven’t been frequent in recent weeks, but the pressure is now off so Matthew Tubbs and co can be optimistic about increasing their tally of 31 on the road.
It was 2-1 when the sides met at the Silverlake Stadium last month. A similar result at Kingfield would suit us just fine.