Season One: Vanarama Conference South Preview
The Vanarama Conference South division is a part of the sixth tier in English football and is one of two regional divisions within this tier, alongside the Vanarama Conference North division. There are 21 teams in each regional divison and the winner of each division earns promotion
to the Vanarama Conference Premier division. Along with that, 2nd-5th in the division enter a play-off where the four teams battle it out in a true knock-out play-off fashion to decide who will join the champions in the Conference Premier
. The play-off is similar in both regional divisions. The bottom two in each division earn relegation to the 7th tier of English football
. The transfer windows are very different to that in the higher leagues, and runs from 06/06/2014 until 26/03/2015. There are two main match rules to comply with:
- The match squad must have no more than five loan players.
- You may name a total of five subs, but use no more than three of these.
All that's left for me to explain is the title/promotion race. There are three main contenders to earn promotion to the top division, us included. I will give you a brief overview of what you can expect from each club this season.
Whitehawk Football Club
Prince William Mountbatten-Windsor
Pa Saikou Kujabi
Whitehawk Football Club, nicknamed 'The Hawks', will be under the spotlight after the controversial hiring of new manager Prince William Mountbatten-Windsor. The heir to the English crown will be expected to earn at least promotion with a side bursting with talent. After a number of summer acquisitions, most notably the illegible Mohammed Ali and the young exciting Junior Morias, Whitehawk are expected to take the league by storm and anything than less will be a major disappointment. The team's strength is in attacking areas, where the likes of Sergio Torres will prove to be a menace to all opponents. The prince is expected to use a cautious, possession game as he looks to the quality of his players to see them through, rather than going for a risky all-out-attack set-up. He certainly has creative players in his ranks and you can expect plenty of magic coming from the Bright-based side.
Ebbsfleet United Football Club
Ebbsfleet United Football Club, nicknamed 'The Fleet', will be looking to push Whitehawk all the way this season in pursuit of the league title. After missing out on promotion to the Conference Premier last season despite making the play-offs, they are looking to go one better this year and earn promotion back to the fifth tier in English football. Manager Steve Brown possesses a very young and exciting side with Michael West at the forefront of each attack; his set-piece play being second-to-none in this division. If Ebbsfleet can get a good run of form going, anything is possible for them and they could cause Whitehawk a real scare this season. However, the side lack any real wide threats and this could prove to be a problem for them against teams such as Whitehawk who utilise wide-play so well.
Havant & Waterlooville Football Club
Havant & Waterlooville Football Club, also nicknamed 'The Hawks', are another team gunning for promotion from this division. Having spent ten seasons in this division, Havant came 6th for the third time in that spell last season and this time they mean business. Granadan international, Bradley Bubb, will look to lead the lines as the striker's pace and strength is a constant menace whenever he plays. Pelé's experience in defence will also prove to be invaluable as the team who have been so unlucky during many a season chase promotion to move up a league for the first time in eleven years.
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