Dennis Greene predicts that the race for a top-five finish in the Conference North will be just as tight this season.
But after seeing his Boston United side finish just one place outside of the play-off spots last campaign, he hopes his squad can go one better, at least.
“There’ll be a lot of teams looking to finish in the top five, but we’ll be one of them as well,” said Greene, casting his eye over the teams he believes are currently candidates for promotion next season.
Turning his attention to Chester, Hyde and Tamworth, the three sides relegated from non-league’s top tier, Greene said: “Last year Stockport, Telford and Barrow came down from the National Conference, and everybody thought they would be three of the favourites.
“Telford went back up, but things didn’t really work out for Stockport and Barrow.
“Chester won the league the season before, and I think everyone will put them up there as the favourites.
“I think they’ll probably have a good shout, they’re full time and have experience of the National Conference.
“But I’m not too sure what Hyde and Tamworth will do this year. I think there was probably more optimism about all the teams coming down last year, but a lot will depend how these teams start the season.”
Greene also tips Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division champions Chorley to be pushing for a high-five finish, as well as a number of usual suspects.
He added: “Guiseley will be strong next year and I think they’ll have something to prove after missing out to Altrincham in the play-off final.
“Brackley and Ferriby will probably spend again as they’ll want to be up there and Chorley will fancy their chances as well.”