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National League Preview: How every team is shaping up for 2018/19

Friday 3rd August 2018

Despite only gaining promotion from the National North recently, Salford City have been installed as the bookies favourites before a ball is kicked. Owned by the famed 'Class of 92', they have the financial backing that none can rival at this level. Fellow big spenders AFC Fylde made the play-offs last year, but could well push Salford all the way for the title this time around. The two relegated sides, Chesterfield and Barnet, will expect to be involved in the title race, but it may not be as easy as fans think. Leyton Orient are the other team most likely to gain promotion back to the Football League.

At the other end of the table, Gateshead has a new owner, but the majority of their squad from last season has left and they are now part-time, making them the favourites to go down.  Solihull Moors and Barrow who only just survived last season also look in trouble. Newly promoted sides Braintree Town and Havant and Waterlooville from the National South are also expected to be in the relegation mix.

The league as a whole though is very open and with six play-off spots up for grabs, most of the teams in the division will fancy a run at them if they start well.

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Simon Hahn

Lifelong sufferer following Darlington FC from League Two to the Northern League. Freelance Sports and data journalist. Living for 3pm on Saturday.

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