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.