Vanarama Conference Predictions 2014/15: An Update

A look at the predictions I made prior to the season for the Vanarama Conference divisions.With the festive season bringing games thick and fast, league tables can change frequently, but most teams know now their level in their respective divisions. Back in July, I made predictions for who I thought would win the Conference, North and South titles. Why not take a look at how my psychic powers are fairing!

Vanarama Conference

In the top division, I confidently predicted Wrexham to top the pile. Unfortunately, the keyword for the Red Dragons’ season has to be inconsistent. They currently find themselves twelfth in the table, with. However they are only six points behind Eastleigh in the last playoff spot, but have played a game more than Garry Hill’s Spitfires.

A look at their results tells the story. They have not been able to put together any sort of winning run that would see them propel themselves into the playoff positions, or even challenge Barnet for the title. Three times they have managed back to back victories, but they have lost the next game on two occasions, and drawn on the other. Their longest unbeaten run of the season is six (in all competitions), which they have managed twice. In the league, their longest run without a loss is just three games. That is something which manager Kevin Wilkin obviously has to address quickly if they are to make a push for the top five.

I made my prediction – which in fairness was a bit of a shot in the dark at the time, as I didn’t really see a clear favourite to win the division – based mainly on their attacking prowess. I wrote that the signings of Louis Moult and Connor Jennings would be the catalyst for success at the Racecourse Ground. And while Moult has settled in well, Jennings appears to be struggling somewhat. Moult is the club’s top scorer with eleven goals, while Jennings has only found the net on four occasions, and has played four more games than Moult.

If they can hit upon a run of form, they can definitely make the playoffs, but with Barnet some twenty two points ahead of them, they can forget any hopes they – and I – had of them topping the table come April.

Conference North and South

At Step Two, I predicted success for Barrow AFC and Bromley. And while Wrexham are letting me down, these two are looking good right now. Both are second in their respective divisions; Barrow are behind AFC Fylde on goal difference, while Bromley are just two points adrift of Boreham Wood, and they do have two games in hand.

While Barrow boast the second most prolific attack in the North with forty three goals, they have also shipped twenty three, meaning their goal difference has a deficit of twelve when compared to that of AFC Fylde. They do boast two of the division’s top scorers, however; Andy Cook has thirteen, and Jason Walker nine. Boxing Day saw the top two meet, with Fylde edging it by the odd goal in five thanks to a late Richard Allen penalty at Kellamergh Park.

As for Bromley, they also have the second deadliest attack with forty goals, some ten less than Boreham Wood, and also have a hefty deficit in the goal difference column compared to the leaders. Of their forty league goals, Moses Ademola leads the way with nine, suggesting that they are spreading the love when it comes to hitting the back of the net.

As a famous seventies rocker once sang, two out of three ain’t bad, and if two of my predictions come in then I will be a very happy blogger!


About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

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