Weekend football preview

There's plenty more league and cup action as September draws to an end, and this weekend also sees the kick-off of this season's FA Trophy.

After their heroic Carabao Cup win at Old Trafford, Frank Lampard's Derby prepare for a much less daunting trip to Bolton Wanderers, who have only won once at home in the Championship so far. A victory for the Rams could lift them to the top of the table.

Chesterfield's winless run continues in the National League as the midweek defeat to Maidenhead stretched it to ten games. The out-of-form Spireites' next opportunity to end their streak comes at Maidstone United, who too have had a less desirable of starts, being just two points above the Blues.

Fresh from their FA Cup victory over Sutton Coldfield, Alfreton return to league action in hope of getting back to winning ways in the National League North. The Reds host Bradford Park Avenue, a team who too have started well but have also lost their last two league games.

Still unbeaten at home in the NPL Premier Division are Buxton, who were kicked out of the FA Cup by Coalville Town on Tuesday night. The Bucks return their focus to the league with the visit of Lancaster City. Meanwhile, second-from-bottom Matlock visit Farsley Celtic and Mickleover are entertained by Hyde United.

Things couldn't be more different going into the weekend for NPL East Division sides Belper and Gresley. Belper, who came from behind to beat AFC Mansfield on Tuesday, host Marske United whilst Gresley host Frickley Athletic on the back of a 5-0 thumping by Carlton Town.

West Division side Glossop have had a poor start to their league campaign with just six points in eight games, but they now turn their attention to the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy, in which the Hillmen entertain Brighouse Town.

Things return to normal for Staveley, who switch their focus back to their NCEL Premier Division campaign after an FA Cup exit at the hands of National League North side Guiseley. The Trojans host Albion Sports with their eyes on a potential rise to ninth in the league with up to four games-in-hand.

Things are going well for MFL Premier Division table-toppers Ilkeston Town, whose next challenge comes in the visit of promotion rivals Westfields. The two sides are level on points with the Robins' goal difference earning them top spot, although they also have two games-in-hand on their rivals. Elsewhere, pointless South Normanton are welcomed by Wolverhampton Sporting Community and lower mid-table side Long Eaton visit Romulus.

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