We are in the final third of the season and clubs up and down the land start to wonder if they will get that promotion they are chasing, or perhaps avoid the drop down a league
Life outside the Football League can be a harsh environment and the clubs that currently ply their trade in The National League, will all dreaming of the day of making it into England’s top four tiers.
The winner of The National League gains automatic entry to the Football League while the next four enter the lottery of the play-offs.
The National League is a highly competitive division with teams as far down as 12th still having hopes of making the end of season play-off matches.
We here at Football League World take a brief look at the teams who could be coming up to League Two next season…..
1st: Cheltenham Town – 79pts
Attempting to climb back into League Two at the first attempt after being relegated at the end of last season.
Cheltenham have only lost two matches this season and look set for a swift return to League Two if they can fend off the challenging Forest Green Rovers, who occupy second place in the table just two points behind the leaders.
Town have a far superior goal difference and are the leading scorers in the National League.
2nd: Forest Green Rovers – 77pts
Currently in second place it is between these two for the title of the National League, and a guaranteed place in League Two.
Whichever of the top two finishes in the play-offs they would be considered favourites to gain promotion, as they have been head and shoulders above all the other sides in The National League.
Since becoming Forest Green Rovers (formerly Stroud FC) they have played in the fifth tier of English football.
3rd: Grimsby Town – 62pts
Third place Grimsby have been toiling in the National League since they were relegated in 2010.
The past three season’s they have finished in the top five and look repeat that again only to fall short in the play-off games.
They will be looking to rectify the past three years and finally make the triumphant return to League Two at the forth time of asking.
4th: Wrexham – 55pts
Another former Football League club chasing a return back into the top four divisions of English football, they have been in the fifth tier for almost eight years and hope not to have a ninth if they can hold onto the a tightly contested play-off place.
The closest the have come to a return to the Football League was in 2011-2012 season, where they finished as runners up to Fleetwood Town, only to lose out in the lottery of the play-offs.
5th: Gateshead – 55pts
Holding onto the last play-off place by just one point from Tranmere Rovers who were relegated last season from League Two.
Gateshead have not been in the top four division’s since 1960 and have a mixed record with relegation to northern Premier League, before returning back into The National League where they have spent the last six seasons.
Two seasons ago they made the play-offs and will be hoping to feature in them at the end of the current season, but with a long awaited return to The Football League, instead of disappointment as the result.
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