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|BLUE SQUARE SOUTH PREVIEW
The Blue Square South betting sees Havant & Waterlooville as 8/1 favourites, which is slightly surprising given the fact that Braintree Town, who were last season`s play-off losers, are slightly behind at 9/1.
However, Blue Square are probably going on the fact that Hawks` boss Ian Baird has made a number of very good signings to go alongside the bulk of the squad that lost the play-off semi final on penalties to the Iron.
Former Spurs and Grays Athletic midfielder Jamie Slabber, who was released by Stevenage Borough, striker Leroy Griffiths from Fisher Athletic, Michael McEnery from Newport IoW, Jay Smith from Grays, keeper Kevin Scriven from neighbours Farnborough, early recruit Andy Gurney from Weston-super-Mare have all checked in at Westleigh Park this summer.
Will the Hampshire side make it this time? There are certainly plenty of alternatives as the closeness of the betting implies.
However, my tip to make a quick return to the Premier are St Albans City – and that despite having a rookie manager in Ritchie Hanlon (pictured) in charge.
He has built his own squad, bringing in the likes of Gary Burrell from Heybridge Swifts, the experienced Mark Beard from Stevenage Borough as well as Reiss Noel from Southend, Byron Bubb from Harrow Borough. Marcel McKie from Lewes and added some flair in the oh so solid Junior Harvey!
Newly-promoted Bromley have been installed as fourth favourites to secure a successive promotion as the ambitious London club look to continue their charge up the leagues. Experienced duo Bobby Bowry and Simon Osborn have become player-coaches to assist manager Mark Goldberg and some very useful recruits have been added.
Simon Glover from Ashford Town, former Farnborough Town striker Ali Chaaban from Staines Town, ex-Sutton United man Richard Harris and another prolific scorer in Danny Hockton will all make the Kent side one to be reckoned with.
Hampton & Richmond Borough, who came up from the Ryman Premier with Bromley, could be a surprise package under shrewd boss Alan Devonshire, the former West Ham and England star.
Few will expect much from the Beavers, but a fairly settled squad may prove crucial.
New Eastleigh boss David Hughes has also been busy in the summer transfer market, signing a host of new players.
Anthony Riviere, Damian Scannell, Ellis Green, Warren Ryan and Chris Piper have joined after leaving Fisher Athletic last season, while striker Steve Watts has signed a one-year extension to his contract.
Basingstoke Town had their pre-season preparations rocked by the news goalkeeper Stuart Searle was leaving for Premiership giants Chelsea.
The 28-year-old was at Stamford Bridge in a part-time coaching capacity, but has been asked to join full time to provide back-up for Chelsea's reserves as well as carrying on his previous role with the academy.
Ben Wells has arrived from Swindon Town and manager Francis Vines has also added a quartet from Farnborough in Ty Smith, striker Paul Harkness, Steve Laidler and Sean Hankin.
Newly-promoted Maidenhead United, who won the British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division play-off final, have signed a number of players with Football League experience as they bid to build on last year's success.
Ex-Queens Park Rangers star Wes Daly joins from AFC Wimbledon, where he was voted players' player of the year in 2006.
Former Wycombe player Lewis Cook has also come on board, giving manager Johnson Hippolyte a embarrassment of riches when it comes to left-sided players.
Late signings include Leon Fisher, Jamal Fyfield, Gavin James and former Kettering Town man Serge Makofo.
Bath City, champions of the Southern League by some margin, have made a very useful acquisition in striker Dave Gilroy from neighbouring Chippenham Town and have finally signed former Merthyr Tydfil defender Paul Keddle after a seemingly long trial spell.
Manager John Relish is experienced enough to realise it is going to be tough for the Romans this term, but they may just surprise a few people.
Weston-super-Mare, who only retained their place in the league by the skin of their teeth after Farnborough asked to be relegated and Yeading merged with Hayes, meaning only bottom club Bedford Town were relegated.
New Seagulls boss Tony Ricketts has spent the summer re-shaping the side ready for a fresh assault on a division they struggled in last year.
The experienced Billy Clark has moved down the coast from Clevedon Town as player-coach and younger players such as Jason Burt, Aaron Wilson and Bristol Rovers trio Ollie Barnes, Lewis Powell and Darren Mullings have all arrived.
Having narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season, Newport County have invested heavily over the summer in an attempt to go one better this term.
The highest profile arrival is that of Lee John, who came to Spytty Park after a fee believed to be in the region of £10,000 was agreed with Principality Welsh Premier side Port Talbot Town.
John is one of five new faces at County this season, the others being Mark Dodds, Lee Jarman, James Simpson and Lee Fowler.
Cambridge City's pre-season has been overshadowed by an off-field wrangle over ownership of the club's Milton Road ground.
It is alleged former director Arthur Eastham took £10,000 after agreeing a deal to sell the ground for £1.3m.
Currently Cambridge are involved in a High Court battle to overturn that deal, claiming the price is "grossly undervalue" and its true worth is nearer £12m.
As a consequence, manager Gary Roberts has endured a relatively quiet summer, although Josh Simpson and Shane Herbert have joined from Blue Square Premier neighbours United and defender Joe Bruce from Welling United.
Bognor Regis Town manager Jack Pearce was delighted to land long-term transfer target Mark Knee from Worthing.
The Rocks` boss first tried to lure the left-sided player to Nyewood Lane five years ago.
"I've been making inquiries to people who know him over the past four or five years," said Pearce.
"I was told he was happy at Worthing and didn't push it because I admire loyalty.
"But when Worthing dropped down another level I just thought it might be worth seeing if he fancied putting his talents to the test here."
Knee is joined at the Rocks by Basingstoke Town utility man David Ray.
Newly-formed Hayes & Yeading United are gearing up for their inaugural season following a summer merger.
They will play at Hayes' Church Road ground and be managed by former Yeading boss Gary Haylock.
Wycombe have allowed Tom Cadmore and Steve Gregory to join the `new` club on loan, while forward Simon Martin has joined from Wealdstone.
Bishop`s Stortford chief Martin Hayes has left it late to finalise his squad for the coming season, signing a number of triallists.
Among them is 21-year-old former Grays Athletic left back Mark Wright, who spent periods on loan with Crawley Town and St Albans City last season, Tom Williamson, also ex-Grays, Steffan Gaisie and Callum Kearns, both of who were previously with Southend and Lou Fazackerley from Leyton.
Perhaps the most interesting is Jemel Henry, who has represented England at under-16 level and has played for West Ham United youth and reserve sides.
Eighteen-year-old Darren Watts has become the latest player to sign a professional contract with ambitious Dorchester Town.
The former Yeovil and AFC Bournemouth youngster penned a two-year deal after impressing Town's new director of football Shaun Brooks in training and pre-season friendlies.
Brooks, who has taken over team responsibilities from Mick Jenkins, has also brought in Jon Docker, Elliott Bent from AFC Wimbledon, Charlie Henry from Cambridge City, experienced defender Roy O`Brien from neighbours Weymouth and ex-Gillingham striker Jones Awuah.
Although among the favourites for relegation this year, Sutton United appear to be shaping up well for the new season, including recording a 3-1 friendly win against Coca-Cola League Two outfit Brentford.
Sutton have had a habit in recent years of waiting until the last minute before finalising their squad, but have added Brentford duo Ross Montague and Darius Charles on three-month loans as well as striker Craig Watkins, who scored against the Bees, from Havant & Waterlooville.
Fisher Athletic manager Wayne Burnett's squad is taking on a distinctly Gaelic look as the arrival of former Tooting & Mitcham United defender Romuald Bouadji took the club's French contingent to three.
Bouadji is joined at Champion Hill by countrymen Nic Plumain and Serge Musungu, two of no less than fourteen new faces that have joined the Fish this summer.
The majority have followed Burnett from ground landlords Dulwich Hamlet, including Musungu as well as goalkeeper Simon Overland, midfielder Chris Lewington and defender Kenny Beaney.
Braintree Town have spent the summer fending off advances from Havant & Waterlooville for striker James Baker.
The 21-year-old scored against Havant in last year's play-off semi final, prompting the London club to make bids of £3,000 and £4,000 for his services both of which were rejected.
Manager George Borg, who now has the responsibility of handling the extra pressure of being one of the favourites to go up, has been relatively quiet in the transfer market, bringing in Ian Cousins from Heybridge Swifts, Jerome Sobers from Bromley, former Boreham Wood striker Leon Archer from St Albans City and Chris Sullivan from Stevenage Borough.
Thurrock will be many pundits` choice as relegation favourites and pre-season form and signings have done little to alter that view.
Lewes will be expected to be up amongst the challengers, and manager Steve King`s recruits suggest they will be.
Tom Davis is a highly-promising youngster signed from St Albans, and he is joined by Dale Binns, Jay Conroy, Kirk Watts and ex-Woking and Arsenal midfielder Ian Selley.
Lewes` Sussex neighbours Eastbourne Borough are usually tipped to struggle, but Garry Wilson is a shrewd manager and has done wonders on limited resources.
Nathan Crabb from neighbours Eastbourne Town, Andy Ballard, Danny Leach and on-loan Scott Chamberlain will add strength and depth to his squad.
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