Article by Johnnie Lowery
It’s true you can’t read too much into form in pre-season, but Sutton can be pleased with their efforts in the games so far.
The players look lively and can focus on fine-tuning themselves in the final two friendlies, ready for the season opener away at Harrogate.
Kieron Cadogan in particular has looked good, encouraging after he had a rather disappointing end to the season just gone.
Injuries aside, Doswell will have a major selection headache when working out his side this year with a number of capable players in each position.
Look at the left back position for example – both Aswad Thomas and Dan Wishart are very capable of playing there.
Wishart could of course also be pushed forward to the left side of midfield, but this would mean either Cadogan or Tom Bolarinwa would drop out the side.
The middle of midfield looks solid too, with Eastmond, Beautyman, Bailey, and Davis surely all amongst the most capable midfielders in the division, with the exciting Josh Taylor also able to play there.
I think setting a target of a playoff position again is realistic, and could even be considered a greater achievement that last season given the strength of the division this time out.
Salford as big spenders probably start as title favourites, with the likes of Chesterfield, Barnet, Leyton Orient, and AFC Fylde also likely to be up there.
In fact a quick look at title odds puts us at 12th favourites for the title.
However with the players that have signed in addition to the core of last season’s squad being kept, I’m confident we can push on