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Long Stay for Chesterfield and Barnet in the Conference

Monday Sep 10, 2018


 Ask most Premier League supporters, and they may not be able to name any of the clubs currently in the Football Conference’s National League


 
 Down five rungs of the English football pyramid is the National League, home to clubs eager to win promotion to League 2. Promotion to the fourth tier is just one step closer to the bright lights and big paydays of the Premier League. Yet, for some teams in the National League – which are fully professional, while teams lower are mostly semi-professional – it can seem a million miles away. No matter which teams you support, wagering on football with Betfred online with promo codes can give you the best chance of winning, even if your club doesn’t.

 Over the years, there have been several clubs doomed to long stays in the Football Conference or worse. Last season’s League 2 relegated duo of Chesterfield and Barnet may be set for a long stay in the National League. So far, neither club has got off to a great start.

 Barnet sit 13th with 14 points from 27 possible. Manager John Still has seen his team register a –2-goal difference this term while scoring just eight goals. Home has not been where the heart is for Barnet. The Bees have won just once in four matches at The Hive. On the road, Barnet have won three times while suffering just one defeat. Consistency is the key as Barnet have reeled off all four wins in consecutive fixtures. Perhaps Still and the Bees have found their footing. 

 If Barnet’s start to life in the Football Conference was poor, then Chesterfield’s has been downright disastrous. Martin Allen’s team sit in 17th place on nine points. Thanks to Chesterfield’s dreadful start, they could be facing a second consecutive relegation scrap. Three wins and six defeats are typically the makings of a relegation contender.

 Stockport County, Kidderminster Harriers, and Boston United are three clubs in the last 15 years to be relegated from League 2 and suffer a second straight relegation to the National League North or National League South. Stockport County still play in the National League North and are a semi-professional club. Kidderminster and Boston United also compete in the National League North. All three clubs have been stuck there for some time, and Chesterfield – and Barnet as well – will want to avoid those clubs’ fates.

 One of the most interesting aspects of the Football Conference’s National League is the fluidity in which teams move in and out of the division. Currently, Welsh club Wrexham have spent the longest time in the National League. Wrexham were relegated to the National League in 2008 from League 2. The Dragons spent 87 straight years in the Football League until it all came crashing down. This season marks Wrexham’s 10th attempt to win promotion back to the Football League. So far, things have gone well as the Dragons sit third. However, anything can happen if Wrexham are forced to go through the National League Promotion playoffs. In 2012, Wrexham finished second in the league winning 98 points. Five points adrift of league winners Fleetwood Town, Wrexham lost in the playoff to Luton Town. 

 Both Barnet and Chesterfield will hope they can improve as the season goes on and avoid the fates of Wrexham or the three clubs to suffer further relegation.

 
  

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