With the likes of Salford City and Darlington competing for promotion, the English Northern Premier League has never offered such a strong field.
Salford City start as the favourites for the title according to Online Betting King, with their outright price of 5/2. This is mostly due to the excitement of a recent takeover, and the momentum gained from last years’ promotion. Darlington, too, are expected to be there or thereabouts with their outright price of 7/1. Darlington’s drop from the higher divisions of English football means the Quakers still harbour players with League One and League Two experience, and this quality means they will be tough to beat over the course of the season.
With much focus on the deadly duo of Salford City and Darlington, there are a few other quality sides, who have a realistic shot at the title, that are going under the radar. Colwyn Bay are the best example of this, as the Seagulls’ quote of 20/1 for the top spot sticks out like a sore thumb in a league which has been so competitively priced up in the betting.
The Seagulls’ heartbreaking relegation on goal difference last year showed their potential to compete at the Conference North level. This year Colwyn Bay face the challenge of being a big fish in a small pond. Instead of letting his side feel sorry for themselves however, manager, Ashley Hoskin, has instead strengthened the squad in all areas.
The signs are looking good for Colwyn Bay heading into the new season. Some stellar signings combined with a squad full of Conference North quality has helped produce a successful pre season. At 20/1 for top spot they are the league’s dark horses, and a fantastic value bet.