Despite the winning streak coming to an end and despite trailing Scarborough Athletic by five points, albeit with three games in hand, Warrington Town FC are still the bookies’ picks for the Northern Premier League this season.
Despite the winning streak coming to an end and despite trailing Scarborough Athletic by five points, albeit with three games in hand, Warrington Town FC are still the bookies’ picks for the Northern Premier League this season. The feeling around the club is a positive one, with a sense of optimism that the Yellows can take a couple of steps beyond last season’s 3rd spot.
At the time of writing, on the eve of Warrington’s FA Cup qualifier against Halifax town, 10Bet have put The Yellows in as 7/2 for the title, with South Shields coming in as second-favourites at 5/1 and table-toppers Scarborough at 7/1. South Shields were fancied by many at the start of the season, but they have considerable ground to make up from 8th position, 10 points off top.
Bet365 have gone a little less optimistic on Warrington, coming in at 4/1, South Shields at 9/2 and Scarborough 8/1. That indicates they believe two things: Firstly, that South Shields will make up the ground they lost at the start of the season. And secondly, that Scarborough will fall away at some point.
Difficult to find odds below the 5th tier
It is, as you can imagine, not that easy to find odds and markets at this end of the English football pyramid, as bookies tend to concentrate on the upper echelons. Only a handful of bookmakers will list odds for outrights for leagues below the National League, although you can get to bet on individual matches each week. The good news is that most bookmakers’ promotions, like free bets, can be used indiscriminately for non-league football and league football alike.
Indeed, it’s pretty interesting to see what you can and cannot bet on in a typical non-league match. A typical Premier League or Champions League game will have a couple of hundred different markets available, everything from a player hitting the crossbar to the number of throw-ins in the first half. Some would think, perhaps, that there are too many markets – almost saturated.
Still some interesting markets available
For the 7th tier of English football, things are a little more concentrated. You will get a dozen or so markets for a game from operators like Bet365, including match winner, correct score and over/under goals. The most notable absence is that of individual player markets, so if you are looking for Jack Mackreth to score the opening goal, you will probably have to wait until Warrington go up a couple of divisions: Let’s hope that’s the case sooner rather than later.
Going back to the title race, it’s clear that it is not in any way certain that the Yellows be crowned as champions in May. But the signs have been good so far. Fans of the club will be well aware, however, that those games in hand – it will be four on Scarborough after this weekend, as Warrington have FA Cup duty – do not always translate into points. But, if Paul Carden’s men do start putting more points on the board, we can watch those odds tumble.