With less than two weeks until the start of the new season and with most clubs having just one or two pre-season friendlies left, you’re able to get a good idea over who will finish where come the end of the season in May. Obviously with still more signings to be made, predictions will change however you can get a general feel for it all.
With clubs like Salford City and Ebbsfleet United in the National League, it’s easy to forget the amount of money that Eastleigh spent. Signing prolific Ex-Oxford United striker James Constable was a shrewd bit of business. However that was four years ago now and with money-rich owner Stewart Donald leaving to take over Sunderland, Eastleigh have struggled in this transfer window losing the likes of Gavin Hoyte and Ayo Obileye. What their new recruits lack in quality they make up for in relegation fight experience however this season will be a step too far for the Spitfires
After a difficult summer for the club where they had to go part time, Gateshead have lost the core of their squad and have brought in very few replacements. Losing captain Neill Byrne to AFC Fylde will have hit them hard and after losing leading marksman Danny Johnson to Motherwell there’s a worrying lack of goals in the squad especially with new signing Scott Boden leading the way
22nd: Braintree Town
Recruited well in the summer however not cut out for this level. Lyle Della-Verde should be a good signing however another club who have lost their captain to another National League side. The biggest concern though will be the lack of national league experience in the squad.
21st: Maidstone United
Nearly went down last year after losing the goals of Joe Piggott, which is something that they never replaced but scraped through. The signing of Joe Quigley is an intriguing one as has National League experience but never really found the net which for a striker is worrying. If he can live up to the potential that Bournemouth saw him in then they’ll stay up however their squad is weak. Jordan Wynter is a good signing from Woking however he’ll most likely be suffering back-to-back relegations
20th: Harrogate Town
Predicting Harrogate to narrowly stay up due to the fact that they’re a club with money, yet they’re using it wisely. Ex-Fylde striker Jack Muldoon has scored goals at this level and is a very good coup for them. Aaron Williams jumped ship from the side that Harrogate defeated in the play off final, Brackley Town, where he scored 33 goals last year. The goals of these two will be enough to see Harrogate to safety.
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