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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Predictions: Conference South

There is a lot of money flying about in the Blue Square South this season as the teams jostle to fill the void at the top left by Braintree Town and Ebbsfleet United. The gap between those with a decent budget and those without seems to be growing a bit more in the southern half of Step 2 than in the northern half. Oh and all the teams who have enjoyed a nice little comfort zone around the M25 and M4 corridor have a lovely jaunt down to Cornwall to look forward too. Promotion Contenders Woking seem to be nailed on favourites to win the league and its certain that they have a very strong squad. But they will face some stiff competition from Dover Athletic, Chelmsford City and Eastbourne Borough. Gary Hill turned the squad when he joined as manager last season so expect big things in his first full season in charge, reports from pre-season games suggest they are looking like a quality side already. The fact that some players have taken a wage cut in order to stay suggests a team with proper ambition. Dover Athletic may have lost talisman striker Adam Birchall to Gillingham but they should still give the top teams a run for their money. In comes George Purcell from York CIty, he’s full fit after an injury-ravaged season but should be on...

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Non-League Videos Of The Week: 6th February 2011

For those of you viewing Twohundredpercent on our mobile site, you will be able to view this post better by clicking here. It’s time again for our weekly round-up of non-league videos, which this week focusses on the last sixteen of this year’s FA Trophy. Although some of the gloss from this competition may have been lost as the Blue Square Premier has come to be the behemoth of the non-league game, there is still a lot to play for with a place at Wembley at stake – these are days out that players, supporters and staff don’t forget in a hurry and the winners of this weekend’s matches will find themselves just three matches from a trip there. Our first match is yesterday’s match between AFC Telford United and Darlington. During their previous one season in non-league football – the 1989/90 season – Darlington made the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy before losing to Leek Town. They went on to win promotion straight back into the Football League before losing this status again at the end of last season and, although they currently have games in hand on the teams above them, making the BSP play-offs this season seems as if it will be a tall order. The FA Trophy, therefore, may be their best chance of success at the end of a transitional season. AFC Telford United,...

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Rumour, Counter Rumour & Market Confidence

Another week, and another batch of rumours concerning the financial well-being of clubs in the Blue Square Premier. Fortunately, at least some of the rumours flowing around over the last seven days or so appear not to have too much meat on them, though they do help to perpetuate the understanding (which comes close to being a myth) that non-league football is in a perpetual state of crisis. First, though, we’ll quickly bring you briefly up to date on the clubs that we looked at here last week. On the financial front, it has been all quiet on the Oxford United front from a financial perspective, but things have gone from bad to worse on the pitch. They lost 2-1 at Lewes on Saturday, a first win for the part-time club that had looked like getting hopelessly marooned at the bottom of the table. Oxford remain in nineteenth place in the BSP, one point above the relegation places. Meanwhile, over at Grays, owner Mick Woodward has u-turned on his decision to stop funding the club, and they have played three matches since then, beating Wrexham before returning to type with defeats against Stevenage Borough and Cambridge United. It would appear that, for now, the club’s short term future has been secured (they have taken on a new manager, Wayne Burnett, from Fisher Athletic, along with two of his players),...

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