League sponsors Vanarama offer some answers about the actual importance of the start to the season.

On one hand, stats tell us plenty – on the other, they’re about as useful as a hammer made out of glass.

Can you believe we’ve already passed the quarter-point in the season? It’s usually the time where you start to get a sense of what might be in front of us.

One thing that can’t be called into question are the crowds. This season an average of 1,226 have come through the door – which is up from the 840 average from the first two months of last season, if you don’t include the bumper derby crowd against Dorchester.

After a fantastic start Terras fans just want more of the same and to be fifth after 11 matches on their National League South return is surely above most people’s expectation. But can they keep it up? We’re about to find out.

We’ve been busy looking back to try to see into the future – and find out what trends there are for the clubs sitting in the promotion places at this stage actually remaining there!

Three of last year’s top seven at this point of the season were there once it mattered in April – Woking, Welling United and Wealdstone. Billericay, who were top of the lot, didn’t even make the play-offs – while eventual champions Torquay United were down in 13th place.

A year earlier, five of the top seven towards the end of September held firm. Eventual winners Havant joined Braintree, Dartford, Chelmsford City and Truro in the play-offs.

Back in 2016-17, there were of course only five clubs who could earn promotion places. Three of which were there after 11 matches – winners Maidenhead, Chelmsford City and Ebbsfleet United all stayed the pace.

Will the trend continue? Weymouth fans will certainly hope so!

Sponsors Vanarama have recently launched the Club Reward scheme to help fans back their club’s budget. Every time a fan takes out a brand new van lease with Vanarama or a brand new car lease with Motorama their club will earn £100 and you will receive £30 cashback!

For the latest van leasing deals head to Vanarama.

For the latest car leasing deals head to Motorama.

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