Your Club-By-Club Guide: The National League South

1 week ago By Sam Elliott

As the constitution was signed off at Celtic Manor, we’re now in a position to confirm the make-up of the divisions for next season.

First, it’s the Vanarama National League South - and it’s sure to be an exciting season, with one manager already saying the league will be stronger than it has even been.

Here’s our club-by-club guide with how they fared last time out, and what they’ll be hoping to do when it all kicks off again in August.

Bath City
(National League South: 9th)

Jerry Gill impressed fans when taking charge in October, ultimately just missing out on the play-offs. He knows the importance of a full pre-season.

Billericay Town
(Bostik Premier League: 1st)

This time last year they were all anyone was talking about but a quieter approach this time around shouldn’t disguise the threat the Blues could carry in 18-19.

Chelmsford City
(National League South: 3rd)

Rod Stringer is sick of the sight of the play-offs so a title challenge may be their best route out of the league. Goalkeeper Ross Worner is a great bit of business, as is Jai Reason.

Chippenham Town
(National League South: 13th)

A new two-year deal for manager Mark Collier offers stability. They enjoyed a drama-free first National League South season and will fancy progress next term.

Concord Rangers
(National League South: 17th)

They’re loud and proud! Sammy Moore isn’t shy about the excitement his new squad is bringing. Billy Knott could turn out to be the deal of the summer.

(National League South: 2nd)

Welcome to a new era with Tony Burman stepping aside for Jamie Coyle and Adam Flanagan. Replacing Havant-bound Alfie Pavey is a big ask but what a boost that Elliot Bradbrook is staying when that seemed unlikely.

Dulwich Hamlet
(Bostik Premier play-off winners)

At last, they’re with us! After years of falling just short, Dulwich are a National League club. Gavin Rose’s history of producing young and exciting talent will add plenty to the competition.

Eastbourne Borough
(National League South: 18th)

Jamie Howell will know the Sports need to hit the ground running after a season which didn’t meet expectation. Charlie Walker will add spice to their attack and skipper Sergio Torres’ commitment is a big plus.

East Thurrock United
(National League South: 15th)

John Coventry has cleared the decks after a nightmare end to last season left a bitter taste. But Golden Boot winner Sam Higgins stays - one of just four to remain.

Gloucester City
(National League South: 14th)

Tigers manager Marc Richards’ first six months in management were to be remembered. The club were teetering when he took over but sailed off into mid-table security. Most of their squad stays, now for adding that extra quality.

Hampton & Richmond Borough
(National League South: 4th)

Goodbye Alan Dowson, hello Gary McCann. A new era for both the Beavers and new boss and a big challenge to replicate the play-off final finish both enjoyed in 2017-18.

Hemel Hempstead Town
(National League South: 5th)

Dean Brennan has never seen anything like it. This time last year he had two players signed, now he is nearly there with the Tudors squad for next term. Concord’s Steve Cawley adds quality up front and the return of Charlie Sheringham is great news for fans.

Hungerford Town
(National League South: 19th)

Ian Herring won’t want the nerves of Hungerford’s last day escape again. But with finances tight, the player-boss knows he’s got a big summer ahead as he prepares his team for another challenging campaign.

Oxford City
(National League South: 16th)

Coming off the back of an encouraging season both in the league and FA Cup, the question for manager Mark Jones is how they can push on in August. He’s excited about the signature of Josh Ashby from Oxford United - and with many of last year’s team returning.

Slough Town
(Southern League play-off winners)

The Rebels are back in the league - in a new home and with plenty of optimism. Neil Baker and Jon Underwood say their new division holds no fears for the Rebels and there won’t be many teams wanting to play them on August 4.

St Albans City
(National League South: 8th)

For the second season running, it looked like the Saints were heading for the play-offs only to fall short. Ian Allinson won’t let that happen again as St Albans try to turn around the blow of council red tape putting the blocks on their new stadium

Torquay United
(National League 22nd)

Just over ten years ago they were a League One side but now the Gulls are facing up to the National League South. Gary Owers has stayed despite the drop and he knows the goal is to go straight back up.

Truro City
(National League South: 7th)

What a season it was - and with Torquay United now on a level playing field what a year it promises to be in the very south west! Lee Hodges has gone a great job at Truro and he hopes for another play-off finish at least.

(National League South: 11th)

All change at Wealdstone - 14 new players have arrived as Bobby Wilkinson cleared the decks as they limped over the line last season. He says the new arrivals are a mixture of “winners” and “excitement”.

Welling United
(National League South: 10th)

Steve King replaces Jamie Coyle - and brings with him one of the best contact books around. He says he is aiming for promotion and reckons it will be a failure if they don’t reach the play-offs. Neck on the line!

(National League South: 12th)

The Seagulls are quietly going about their business and a year on from Marc McGregor taking over they hope the building blocks are in place to kick on next season.

(National League 21st)

Alan Dowson has already won over the Woking fans and after the shock of relegation his humour at this week’s fans forum raised some smiles. The signing of the excellent Charlie Wassmer could prove crucial.

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