With key players out and in a much harder league, maybe this is just how it will be. Some games will be OK, but a lot will be disappointing drubbings or surprise wins/draws.
Not because there's anything dramatically wrong, but just because we're a small club finding our feet in a hard league.
Hopefully, we'll do OK over the next few difficult games and come out nothing worse than lower mid-table and that will settle the nerves. And, by then the likely relegation places will have started to look more obvious, so that will help too.
Then, with JBW coming back and, hopefully, Sol proving what he can do, we'll get some consistency back and settle in for the season. And then the icing on the cake, with the return of The Maestro and a late season flourish!
You can't watch games like Wrexham and Gateshead without feeling down, but points-wise we've had a pretty good start. We'll have a much better idea how good we are by mid-October. Until then, fingers crossed and learn how to ride out the thrashings.
It's a brave new world. But that's what we wanted. Anyone seriously want to drop back to the NS? (Rhetorical - Sword!)
Rhetorical or not it is a question that needs answering. As a long term supporter of this club then of course I want us to succeed,no supporter wants their club to lose but should the club be relegated then I would not take it as hard as other fans. Last season I saw 79% of games whereas this season I will be lucky to see 50% and should we do the unthinkable and get promoted then that percentage would doubtless fall again. As stated in another answer I am taking this season as very much a rest season,and there is a financial plan taking shape for my future participation in both home and away games . The Sword will be back with a vengeance,I hope😁
Interestingly, the FWP prediction table has us finishing at 15th - on only 54 points, but 17 points away from relegation!
And Dorking go down in 23rd, with just 33 points! Also relegated are Altincham (35) and S****horpe (33), with poor old Halifax bottom on just 20 (1 win - away! - and 17 draws) Aldershot and Torquay just survive a squeaky bum season.
At the other end, Wrexham are Champions - no surprise, but the top 4 are all on over 100 points!
Very early days, of course, and I'd be surprised if this ends up reflecting the true end of season table, but FWP's track record is pretty good. The really odd thing is the spread of points - with the top 4 on twice the points of teams in the lower mid-table (us), and safety is just 36 points! That's way less than a point a game - which would almost certainly get you relegated in most seasons.
If there is anything in these predictions, it shows just how extreme the differences in clubs are in the NL this season. Promotion will be fought out between just the four 'big' clubs (Wrexham, Notts County, Solihul and Chesterfied), with three other clubs (BW, Wealdstone and Barnet) making up the numbers, but with no real chance of going up.
The rest of the league virtually operates as a seperate division, with 9 or 10 clubs fighting over mid-table finishes (including us) and 7 or 8 clubs desperately trying to avoid relegation - with Halifax pretty much doomed.
None of this will come as a surprise to most of us, with clubs like Wrexham, Notts County and Chesterfield in the league, but the extent of the difference between top and middle (and middle and bottom) is still more than I had expected. This is a VERY strange league.
Barnet and Wealdstone will fall away in fact they have already begun to. Wealdstone were dreadful in the recent live match and would surprise me if they actually finish above us at the end of the season.