Justin Edin back to top


AS the tum­ble­weed blows across Premier League and Cham­pi­onship grounds, there is no time to re­cline in the of­fice chair and put our feet on the desk.

If you weren’t aware, to­day is Non-League Day.

Here is the chance for sup­port­ers of soc­cer’s gi­ants to sup­port their lo­cal non-league and grass­roots clubs.

So if you’re miss­ing your foot­ball fix, get down to your near­est non-league side for a pie and a Bovril.

Af­ter a dif­fi­cult time in re­cent years, it is good to seem Ley­ton Ori­ent in a po­si­tion to chal­lenge for pro­mo­tion back to EFL un­der ex-Spurs de­fender Justin Ed­in­burgh.

The sec­ond-placed O’s take on the Con­fer­ence’s six­th­placed Hartle­pool at Bris­bane Road.

Hartle­pool are on the up but Ori­ent have been scor­ing for fun this sea­son so I’m go­ing for over 2.5 goals (19-20) and a nar­row Ori­ent win in this one (3-4).

An­other club look­ing to bounce back up a di­vi­sion is Barns­ley. They face Lu­ton Town at noon with seven-goal striker Ki­ef­fer Moore doubt­ful.

They also have keeper Adam Davies and mid­fielder Kenny Dougall on in­ter­na­tional duty. Throw in a cou­ple of nig­gling in­juries and you feel man­ager Daniel Sten­del would take a draw now against a side only three points be­hind them.

Lu­ton may smell blood but af­ter dis­man­tling Peter­bor­ough 4-0 in their own back yard last week, the Tykes’ con­fi­dence will still be high. If Moore is fit, I fancy Barns­ley (11-10).

In League Two, lead­ers Lin­coln face Port Vale, who were sur­pris­ingly more phys­i­cal than the Imps in this fix­ture last sea­son and edged it 1-0.

You would think Vale boss Neil Aspin would try the same for­mula again but Lin­coln look a more rounded side this sea­son.

I can see Imps man­ager Danny Cow­ley en­joy­ing his re­venge this time (11-10).

In the Na­tions League, the Repub­lic of Ire­land are in dis­ar­ray and even with­out Chris­tian Erik­sen, Den­mark are 6-4 favourites.

I’m go­ing to put them in a four-fold acca which should be around 18-1.

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