Not all games, let alone playoffs, have been completed in the National South yet. But as of today, these are the CONFIRMED teams competing in the division next year and the format.
The top team in the division gains automatic promotion to the National League (this year it is Maidstone). The second and third placed teams gain entry to the playoff semi finals, with the four teams below in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh gaining entry to the playoff quarter finals.
The bottom four teams are relegated. This is year is just one (Billericay) but the league is expanding each division to 24 teams next season.
The confirmed teams so far are:
Bath City, Braintree Town, Chelmsford City, Cheshunt, Dover Athletic, Dulwich Hamlet, Farnborough, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Hemel Hempstead Town, Hungerford Town, Slough Town, St Albans City, Taunton Town, Tonbridge Angels, Welling United, Weymouth, Worthing.
The rest are TBD as far as I am aware due to not knowing playoff statuses yet:
Chippenham Town (Currently outside of the playoffs but could gain entry on the final day - typically v H&W) Dartford Dorking Wanderers Ebbsfleet United Eastbourne Borough Havant & Waterloovile Oxford City
Teams closest to us (at the moment) are Slough and Hampton & Richmond.
Note that Taunton and Dover will have to travel to each other next season!
Bath City Braintree Town Chelmsford City Cheshunt Chippenham Town Concord Rangers Dartford Dover Athletic Dulwich Hamlet Eastbourne Borough Ebbsfleet Farnborough Hampton & Richmond Borough Havant & Waterloovile Hemel Hempstead Town Hungerford Town Oxford City Slough Town St Albans Town Taunton Town Tonbridge Angels Welling United Weymouth Worthing
Bath City v Chippenham Town Chelmsford City v Concord Rangers Cheshunt v Braintree Town Ebbsfleet United v Dover Athletic Farnborough v Slough Town Hampton & RB v Dulwich Hamlet Havant & Waterlooville v Worthing Hemel Hempstead Town v St Albans City Hungerford Town v Oxford City Taunton Town v Weymouth Tonbridge Angels v Eastbourne Borough Welling United v Dartford
Looking at the map, we may be travelling midweek in a westerly direction. There are only 6 clubs further west than Farnborough.
Saturdays in Bath are so much better. Great pubs serving great beer, get tonked (well, more often than not), more great pubbage and then catch the train home. Even better if the rugger buggers are also at home. Great atmosphere.
Looking through the calendar for next season. If we start on August 6th then there are 38 Saturday and Bank Holiday dates that will be scheduled, which includes August , Boxing Day, New Year BH, Good Friday and Easter Monday.
I have taken out the three dates for FA Cup and Trophy, which leaves 8 fixtures to be inserted in midweek.
Bob, I doubt Dover will be away midweek, but Weymouth and Taunton are both possiblities as you have to look at the map and see how many clubs they can play midweek. If Taunton v Weymouth is Boxing / NYD game then I would expect them to play midweek games against Bath, Chippenham, Farnborough and Havant.
Likewise for Dover, Ebbsfleet on BD & NYD and then midweek with the likes of Tonbridge, Welling, Dartford and Eastbourne
That was Conference South in 2011/12 when we went to Truro midweek and it was schediuled, but somebody has to. Again taking into consideration that Truro v Weston Super Mare would have been BD & NYD, there aren't many more to choose from.
There is no point in the league having midweek fixtures that could send Dartford to Bath and Farnborough to Dover.
It happened with the allocations a few years back when ourselves and Staines were put in the South Eastern Isthmian league with many trips to Essex. Histon & Cambridge City were put in the Southern League. On one Tuesday night, we made a trip to East Thurrock for a league game and Poole town went to Histon. These were scheduled games somehow, but would have made more sense to place the four clubs in the others league.