NLS more competitive than ever?

5th April 2016

Is this the most competitive campaign in NLS history?

Gordon Bartlett believed Wealdstone were one or two shy of a challenge at the business end of the table when he spoke to Get West London last month and whilst most would’ve scoffed at such a suggestion only the top four have tasted defeat less frequently than Wealdstone this campaign.

It’s draws that continue to be the problem, evidenced again last night as the blues held promotion chasing Hemel to a scoreless draw. Despite this, however, many viewed it as a good point; hard to disagree when you consider Stones were dangerously loitering with the pond life at the bottom end of the table just a fortnight ago. Stones have recorded seven points out of a possible nine since and although any faint hopes of a late play-off charge were effectively ended by Monday’s stalemate the blues begin their final-five games at Whitehawk on Saturday with a top-ten finish well within reach in the closest National League South season in history.

Look up, not down?

No side has yet been relegated with 48 points, the milestone the battle hardened Stones reached by 10pm last night, but this is no ordinary season. The gulf between 5th, the final play-off place, and 20th, the final relegation spot, stands at just 14-points.

If it remains that way come May it will be the smallest gap in NLS history, beating the previous low of 18 points set in the inaugural NLS season (04/05), and adding significant weight to claims that this is the tightest season in National League South history.

Current table

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Shortening the gulf…

Not since the inaugural NLS season has the points gulf between 5th and 3rd bottom been as slender.

2004/05 season

Above: 2004/05 season just 18 points separated 5th and 20th…

Conference South points divide between 5th (the final play-off placing) and 20th by season…

Season Points
2004/05 18 points
2005/06 29 points
2006/07 30 points
2007/08 32 points
2008/09 37 points
2009/10 32 points
2010/11 39 points
2011/12 28 points
2012/13 28 points
2013/14 24 points
2014/15 28 points
2015/16 14 points*


*correct as at 5pm on Tue 5 April 2016

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