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Final thoughts on this National League season (2022/23)

As we approach the final few games in the National League season, it’s hard to get over the fact that either Wrexham or Notts County could still not clinch promotion, despite their unbelievable seasons. Both over the 100 point mark and tearing up the record books, it’s been quite the season for both the Red Dragons and the Magpies.

The Easter weekend fixture between the two sides dubbed the ‘biggest non-league game ever’, surpassed expectations with late drama and a Wrexham win seeing them to three points clear at the top.

‘Welcome to Wrexham’ the Disney documentary following the side owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney will be packed with drama and excitement once again, and this time it’s looking like promotion too. With a three point lead at the top of the table and a game in hand on the Magpies below, Wrexham are the frontrunners to secure automatic promotion to League Two.

Notts County are heading for a play-off game and not guaranteed success, as they look to return to the EFL since relegation to the National League in 2019.

The relegation from the EFL was the first in their history and they’ve had no delight in securing a place back in it since with this season the Magpies’ strongest after three years of play-off pain. Grimsby Town ended their promotion hopes last season and Wrexham seem to have done that this year, too, as it stands.

There’s still three cup finals for Notts County still to play and four for Wrexham as the Red Dragons could reach an outstanding and record-breaking 115 points with four wins out of the four remaining games. Likewise to the incredible battles seen between Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League over recent years, the two sides have been head and shoulders above everyone else in the league.

The question asked by everyone: Why is there only one automatic promotion place up for grabs in the National League?

Wrexham owner and star of the screens Ryan Reynolds said after the game with Notts County: “It’s just insane to me in this league that only one team goes up automatically.”

The gap between the EFL and the highest level of non-league football has shrunk to nothing as we see Stockport County flying high looking for back-to-back promotions after success in the National League last season.

Wrexham visit fifth-placed Barnet, entertain Yeovil Town, welcome Boreham Wood and travel to Torquay United in their remaining games while Notts County welcome Woking and visit Maidstone before a season finale home game hosting York City.

Come the evening of Saturday the 29th April we will know which of the two sides will have claimed automatic promotion to League Two and who will have to fight for a place in the EFL via the play-offs. Aside from the top two - things are getting interesting around the play-off places and the drop-zone: Woking and Chesterfield are separated by just a point as they scrap for third place in the league whilst Bromley and Southend United hunt down Barnet, Boreham Wood and Eastleigh currently situated in the play-off places.

Torquay United of 21st place have managed to put together four wins in a row as they look to escape the danger zone and chase Aldershot Town who sit just two points clear above with four games to go. It’s bound to be a thrilling end to the season in the National League and a season that’ll go down in history.

Who do you think will claim automatic promotion? Wrexham or Notts County? Likewise, who do you think is going down? Can Torquay United evade relegation? Written by Luke Powell | Luke Powell Sports Blog

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