Tudors ready for new challenges in the National League South

Nicke Kabamba has been retained by Hemel for next season. Picture (c) Lydia Redman
Nicke Kabamba has been retained by Hemel for next season. Picture (c) Lydia Redman

Hemel Hempstead Town FC will line up in the newly-rebranded Vanarama National League South next season, in what looks set to be a hotly-contested division.

The league has changed its name from the Vanarama Conference South, and will feature 17 of last season’s teams – as well as five newcomers who have either been promoted or relegated from other divisions.

Coming down from last season’s Vanarama Conference Premier Division are recently relegated Dartford, while Truro City come up from the Southern Premier Division after beating St Neots 1-0 in the playoff final.

Moving up from the Isthmian League Premier are Maidstone United and Margate – the latter having beaten Hendon 1-0 in the playoff showdown last Monday.

Early favourites for the National League South title are moneybags Kent outfit Ebbsfleet, who have recently appointed Daryl McMahon as their new manager following the sacking of Jamie Day after only a few months in the job.

Hemel will be hoping to build on last season’s ninth-placed finish, after pushing for a play-off place but ultimately falling just short last season.

The Tudors look set to be busy in the transfer market over the summer, with manager Dean Brennan revealing last week that he has more than 40 players on his radar as he looks to build a team capable of challenging for top honours.