With just 15 games left this season, the title race still could be anyones with the top nine teams separated by just seven points.
While most of them will most likely get a playoff place, only one will be getting that top spot and automatic promotion to the Football League. Here are the teams in with a chance:
Wrexham are top of the National League but have played a game more than most of their title rivals. The Dragons have been pretty consistent all season and from the first game onwards have always been in at least the playoffs. They have the best defence in the league but have the fewest goals out of the top 17 clubs in the league. This, however, does not look to be too much of a problem anymore, having scored at least two goals in each of their last five games. Recent additions of forwards Scott Quigley who scored two on his debut and Jonathan Franks will help matters too. They’re on good form as well so for them it’s just about keeping that up but perhaps turning more draws into wins as it is currently not quite as good as Tranmere and Aldershot.
Macclesfield currently sit second in the league on 56 points ahead of Aldershot by a point in third but behind Wrexham on goal difference but with a game in hand over promotion rivals. However, despite sitting high in the table, it’s been a torrid January for Macclesfield. Players and staff failed to receive any of their wages last month and they have claimed they are “disappointed” at a lack of contact from the club ownership.
The situation has clearly had an on-field effect too. In their last four games, they had two home draws to sides in the bottom four in Solihull Moors and Torquay. In between these games, they were knocked out of the FA trophy to Halifax before getting thrashed 6-0 to AFC Fylde in the league. Macclesfield Town majority shareholder Amar Alkadhi says a technical issue with his bank caused a late payment to players and staff. He said that payment would be issued on Monday 5th February so the problem looks like is resolved, but they may struggle to recapture their form again.
Aldershot currently sit 3rd in the National League, a point behind Wrexham and Macclesfield. They didn’t get off to the greatest of starts to the season, sitting outside the playoffs at the end of October. However, a perfect November saw them shoot up to the top of the league. They currently have the best away record in the league, losing just three of their 16 away games so far this season. They have recently bolstered their defence by signing Lewis Kinsella and George Fowler on permanent deals. Their form is magnificent too, having lost just one league game since October. As long as they drop fewer points at home between now and the end of the season it’s hard to see them not being one of the main candidates.
Tranmere are in 4th place but still just a couple of points behind league leaders Wrexham but with most teams around them having games in hand. After a slow start to the season, picking up just three wins in their first 12 they have now just lost once in the league since October and twice since September. They have scored the third most goals in the league while having the third best defensive record suggesting they’re solid all over the pitch. It’s mainly been the away form this season that has let them down though. While having the best home record in the league, they’ve only picked up four away wins in the league. Unless this picks up this could be the only thing that lets them down in the run it come the end of the season. Other than that, they have a strong chance.
Sutton currently sit 5th, four points behind league Wrexham but with at least a game in hand over clubs around them. They were the early pacesetters in the league but average home form and not much consistency means they have dropped off but are still in the race for promotion. But recent losses to promotion rivals Tranmere and Aldershot shows that they might not have quite enough to get that top spot. Four losses in their last 10 shows that they most likely will have to settle for a playoff spot. With that being said, they have won their last two so if they can keep that up they may have a chance.
Dover- Dover sit 6th and have the second-best defence in the league. However, with just three wins in their last 10, you feel they would need to improve their form if they are to keep hold of a playoff spot with inform teams catching them. They still have to play Tranmere, Wrexham, Macclesfield and Aldershot at home.
Bromley- Bromley currently occupy the final playoff spot and have won five of their last six. They have the second most amount of goals in the league but have conceded the most in the top eight. They have arun-in run in, as they still have to play Sutton, Tranmere and Aldershot away as well as Wrexham at home.
Boreham Wood– Boreham Wood currently sit outside the playoffs on goal difference. Their away form is superb, losing just two of their 16 away games so far. They still have have to play Tranmere, Aldershot, Wrexham and Macclefield.
AFC Fylde- Fylde sit 9th, a point behind the playoffs but have played a game more than most of their playoff rivals. They’ve scored the most goals so far in the National League despite only getting promoted last season, however their defence could let them down. Fylde still have to play Aldershot, Wrexham and Sutton in the run in.
It’s extremely tough to predict with it being so incredibly tight but here is my prediction of the top 9:
- Boreham Wood
- AFC Flyde