How many points are required to stay in the National League?

With Maidstone United sitting on twenty nine points and placed twentieth in the National League with seventeen games remaining how many points are required by Maidstone United to stay in the National League?

With the sides around Maidstone United hitting form it has now become crucial for the Stones to pick up points.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
20 Maidstone United 29 8 5 16 33 54 -21 29

Maidstone United currently sit one point above relegation on twenty nine points and with a goal difference of minus twenty one not only will points be valuable but goal difference could come into play as well at some stage.

First of all lets take a look at last seasons league table (2015-2016 season).

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
20 Guiseley 46 11 16 19 47 70 -23 49
21 Halifax Town (R) 46 12 12 22 55 82 -27 48
22 Altrincham (R) 46 10 14 22 48 73 -25 44
23 Kidderminster Harriers (R) 46 9 13 24 49 71 -22 40
24 Welling United (R) 46 8 11 27 35 73 -38 35

Guiseley avoided  relegation with a points total of forty nine and a goal difference of minus twenty three. A point saved Guiseley and goal difference did not come into play here. Guiseley, have been here before they know what is required to keep themselves in the division.

Story so far 2016/2017 season

Having started well the Stones have slid down the table but with Saturdays result against Torquay, this could well be our turning point of the season.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GD Pts
20 Maidstone United 29 8 5 16 33 54 -21 29
21 Guiseley 29 7 7 15 34 46 -12 28
22 Woking 28 7 6 15 40 53 -13 27
23 North Ferribly United 30 8 3 19 18 45 -27 27
24 York City 29 5 10 14 27 47 -20 25

Now down to the the question of how many points do we need to stay in the National League? This is my own opinion and one based on last seasons league table and what I believe as a Stones fan we can achieve.

So based on last season we need in excess of twenty points to stay up, in effect we need to win eight games from the remaining seventeen games to guarantee safety.

8 (wins required) * 3 (points for a win)  = 24 points + 29 (current points) = 53 points.

OR

6 (wins required) * 3 (points for a win) + (6 draws required)  = 24 points + 29 (current points) = 53 points.

A points total of fifty three points then with only five defeats if we win six times, draw six times from now until the end of the season, so is this possible?  Yes it is possible but we need to keep the momentum going now and look to keep the winning streak running for a long as possible.

I am confident with the first eleven we now have and the depth within the squad that Jay Saunders can perform the great escape and achieve in my eyes the greatest feat of his managerial career.

So bring on this Saturday away to Solihull Moors

Come on you Stones !!!

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