Div 5/National League 2018/19

Discussion in 'football' started by orient slacker, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. Here we go again in Vanarama-Land, as it kicks off on Saturday.

    The teams and current odds on title-winners is here:

    National League Winner Betting Odds | Football

    Newly promoted Salford are the bookies favourites due to some eye-raising cash being splashed by the Class of 92 and their backer. Orient kick the season off up there with a lunchtime game on BT Sport, followed by a home game v similarly well-backed Ebbsfleet next Tuesday evening.

    We’ll hopefully be troubling the playoff spots this time round after an awkward last season when we effectively regrouped following 3 disastrous years ownership by Franco Becchetti. We’ve sold almost 4k of season tickets again, so along with Wrexham & relegated Chesterfield will be well supported at this level.

    But, as ever, it’s a tough league to call with its mixture of snooty ex-league teams moaning about 3G pitches , arriviste fulltimers doped by sugar daddies, well-managed non-league stalwarts and a rump of part-timers trying to hang on in there.
     
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  2. Orient get off to a statistician’s wet dream of a start: played two, two points, scored 2, conceded 2. But both were against fancied sides, and the draws were about right.

    4 teams off to a perfect 6 points start. Chesterfield also had a couple of challenging openers and came through. Early days, and everyone knows gaffer Martin Allen has a tendency to walk away as soon as he has a spat, but they could be the team to catch this season. I don’t expect relative pauper sides Halifax & Solihull Moors to be troubling the top spot too long. Gateshead - who lost loads of players in the close season & were only sold a week before the opener have surprised many by getting off to a flyer, including downing moneybags Salford last night.

    At the bottom, potless and pointless Daggers already look like they face a long, hard slog.
     
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  3. Virtually a quarter of the way into the season already, and after 11 matches Orient remain unbeaten and near the top, albeit with 5 draws in there. Put in-form Barnet to the sword in the 2nd half 3-1 yesterday after an even first 45.

    Up at table-topping Harrogate next week, who have got off to a flyer after promotion from the NLN, so one of the 2 remaining unbeaten records might give. Fan-owned Wrexham have started well too. Might this be the season their challenge to get back to the football league doesn’t peter out?

    Elsewhere, Chesterfield have hit the rocks after winning their first 3, moneybags Salford have got going finally and climbed the table, but the Kentish teams are either struggling or been inconsistent so far.

    Daggers have just found a new backer after the last one took his toys away in a huff following some beef with fans a year ago that gutted the club & threatened to kill them off, but they’ll do well to just steady the ship again and stay up this year.
     
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  4. 20 games in and Orient go back to the top! Trouble is Salford & Wrexham are keeping pace, plus a surprising Solihull Moors aren’t far behind. The Wrexham gaffer is rumoured to be off to Shrewsbury, which might see a repeat of the disruption and falling away they experienced in last season’s run-in when their managerjumped ship. Our boss (Justin Edinburgh) seems to have ruled himself out of being enticed away to Wimbledon.

    Beyond the top 4 I can’t see any of the other clubs having ambitions beyond nabbing a playoff spot at best.

    We beat a plucky but limited Bromley side 3-1 yesterday. Sides like them that park the bus and work their socks off to disrupt us are sometimes our undoing, but a couple of great goals eventually saw us breach their defence and take control of the match.

    Elsewhere Chesterfield continue to bump along near the bottom - not won for 17 games now. Dover are propping the table up, which is a massive downturn from last season when they led the table at the same point.
     
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  5. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Tragic to see Chesterfield doing so badly. They should never have built that new stadium, it's not done them any good.

    I wouldn't write off Harrogate or Fylde yet, either.
     
  6. And finally The Spireites bin off Martin Allen as gaffer. Surprised it didn’t happen sooner considering their dreadful run of only 1 win in the last 22 league games for the pre-season favourites, but a 4-0 pumping at home by Solihull Moors that’s dumped then back in the relegation places was the last straw.

    At the top, Orient were lacklustre & lost at improving Daggers on Boxing Day, whilst Wrexham spanked Salford 5-2 to cut the gap to 3 points with a game in hand.
     
  7. Splat! Orient lost 0-3 at home to promo rivals Salford on Saturday. The home stands were a sell out and we typically put in a dire performance. Wrexham also lost at home to bus-parking experts Dover. The top 3 were all inconsistent over Xmas/NY, but nobody else is making a move either - although Solihull are lurking still...
     
  8. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

  9. Orient take a National League break this weekend from our recent indifferent form screwing up our auto-promotion hopes, for the quarter finals of the FA Trophy away to holders Brackley.

    The Trophy is down to 5 NL teams and 3 NL North sides. I’m not sure how seriously we’ll be taking it or whether we’ll continue the practice of resting most of our usual starting XI, but whoever we put out Brackley wont be pushovers.
     
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