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The Non League Show

Paul Ashton

Paul Ashton is our resident tipster - giving you the lowdown on what's hot and what's not on the Non League scene.

Paul Ashton will be here throughout 2011/12 with his best bets for the week ahead. Please note these are the views of Paul Ashton and the BBC cannot be held responsible for any tips advice given or expressed.

This season's tips

BlueSQ Bet Premier

1st: Luton Town (7/2)

As for the past two seasons, the price is way, way too skinny, and as things stand in late July they are a player or two short of being healthy favourites, but this remains a decent side that should be flexible enough tactically under a manager who knows the score down here.

2nd: Newport County (16/1)

Full time and with a decent surge of momentum from the end of last season. Anthony Hudson's stewardship has been pretty flawless thus far, and the only danger is that this ambitious young manager is cherry-picked.

3rd: York City (12/1)

Good signings adding to a squad that went reasonably close last season. Gary Mills looks to have them in resilient, points-gathering shape.

4th: Fleetwood Town (5/1)

Headline signings, following a superb campaign last season, but the pressure is on this time - more teams will come looking for a point, and I think it might be a season early for a squad that will need to learn how to win ugly.

5th: Cambridge United (33/1)

My surprise package this season. A decent and spirited squad has been assembled at Poundland prices, and I think they will cause plenty of shocks along the way.

BlueSQ Bet North

1st: FC Halifax (7/2)

The value has gone from the price, but the squad looks strong in all areas and big enough to cope with a long campaign. Neil Aspin is not the sort of manager who will allow any complacency after two winning seasons.

2nd: Nuneaton Town (9/1)

A young squad that is growing together. It may not have the 'dogs of war' edge that comes with experience, and they need to be tougher defensively, but I'm backing them to go very well this year.

3rd: Altrincham (7/1)

Lee Sinnott knows the score down here and he's bedding in a squad that will take few prisoners, though they may lack fluidity at the start of the season.

4th: Stalybridge Celtic (12/1)

With virtually everyone staying the squad should push on, though man for man they look a little light to be contenders for the pot.

5th: Blyth Spartans (16/1)

Steve Cuggy has already replaced the departing players with some excellent signings. I expect them to be an organised and clinical outfit.

BlueSQ Bet South

1st: Woking (11/2)

Woking are ticking a lot of boxes. A great squad that has pace and experience, led by a manager who has some momentum from last season and who knows how to win. The only question mark is in defence but as things stand they should be bigger favourites.

2nd: Dover Athletic (6/1)

Martin Hayes is going into the season with a stronger midfield and defence than last season, although there remains a slight question mark about their ability to score goals with Adam Birchall gone.

3rd: Dartford (16/1)

A good EW price for a side that had an excellent second half to the season. Perhaps they still need to stiffen the spine, but their attacking potential is clear.

4th: Eastbourne Borough (9/1)

A management team that knows the scene and a squad that has been refreshed since relegation. Scoring goals might be the issue but I think they have enough to go well.

5th: Chelmsford City (8/1)

Despite all their big-spending claims, I suspect that they won't trouble the leaders come April. It remains a good squad, however, and there isn't much difference between them and the sides I've picked above them.

Recommended bets:

Woking/Halifax win double

Newport County outright handicap betting

Newport County/Nuneaton Town/Woking EW treble

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