With only two teams being promoted into League 2, The National League is up there with one of the hardest leagues to get out of. Here, I take a look at who the favourites are and which teams are turning a few heads.
Lincoln City – Currently living in a dream world, Lincoln City are leaders of The National League and are quarter finalists in this seasons FA Cup. With 12 games to go, they look like the favourites having only drawn six games and losing 6, winning an incredible 22/34.
Forest Green Rovers – FGR follow closely behind Lincoln in the league, breathing down their necks with only 6 points to catch them. Winning 19/34, they are 7 points ahead of 6th place meaning, unless they completely lose the plot, they’ve basically secured a play-off spot at minimum.
Tranmere Rovers – Currently 3rd, Rovers will be looking to catch Lincoln and secure automatic promotion back to the Football League. Similarly to FGR, Tranmere have all but secured a play-off spot.
Dagenham and Redbridge – After a disappointing campaign last year saw them drop to the National League, D&R are looking for a return to the Football League. Having played one more game than Rovers and FGR, they find their-selves in 4th place on 64 points – 4 clear of Dover Athletic in 5th place.
Dover Athletic – Sitting comfortably in 5th place, Dover are 1 point ahead of Aldershot, but have a game in hand. This comes as a positive because if they win, they move further away from play-off poachers and extend their chance of making the cut.
Aldershot Town – In 6th place, Aldershot sit on 59 points, however playing 1 extra game than teams around them. A solid defence has been key to Aldershot’s season and has seen them concede only 32 times in 36 games! If they can keep that up, I’m sure they will find theirselves in the play-offs come the end of the season.
Gateshead – Currently top of the form table, Gateshead are looking to extend their run of 5 wins in a row to 6 as they face Wrexham away on Saturday. Danny Johnson has been a crucial part to Gateshead’s season after Sam Jones departed to Grimsby Town, scoring 6 in his last 5.
Barrow – After a huge unbeaten start to the season, Barrow find themselves in 8th place on the same number of points as Gateshead. To beat The Heed to a play-off spot, Barrow will need to make sure they increase their goal difference.
Macclesfield – Further down the table, Macclesfield sit in 9th place. Having only played 33 games, if they win their 2 in hand, they’ll move up to 6th place, overtaking Gateshead, Aldershot and Barrow.
With just over 10 games of the season left to play, promotion places are all to play for in the National League.