National League South: August Review

It’s been an action packed August for sides in the National League South.

All 24 teams have played 7 games from the 5th August to the 28th, giving fans a great idea of what to expect from their sides this season. Here’s who’s had the best and worst starts to the season.

Stronger Teams of the month

Currently leading the way is Chelmsford and St Albans. Both sides have 6 wins and a loss each from their opening 7, one point ahead of East Thurrock. Chelmsford’s positive start was expected, being title favourites however St Albans certainly wasn’t and neither was East Thurrock with the latter being one of the relegation favourites! Havant and Waterlooville, Braintree and Dartford are in the chasing pack. The three sides sit 4-6 points behind the leaders. Braintree and Dartford would’ve expected good starts. Braintree being relegated last season and Dartford being joint favourites along with Chelmsford. However Havant’s good start may be a suprise to some.

Weaker Teams of the month

Whitehawk currently sit bottom of the National League South and it feels already they will need something special if they’re to get out of it. They sit on just one point after their first seven games and have suffered some heavy hammerings. 6-2, 4-0 and 3-0 twice are some of the defeats they have suffered so far in what looks like will be a long season for them. However, manager Jimmy Dack has resigned and this may lead to an upturn in form for the Hawks if they find the right man.

Weston-super-Mare, Wealdstone and Welling are also all struggling. The first two of those three make up the relegation spots with Welling just above it. The sides all sit on 5-6 points with a cluster of teams above them on 7 points. Welling and Weston-super-Mare may have expected bad starts after just surviving last season. However Wealdstone may be suprised after just missing out on the playoffs last season.

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