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Evostik Southern Premier Division play-offs - Season 2016/17

1 year ago By Adrian Evans

Play-Off Information

Commentary from 7.45pm Wednesday on YouTube.

1. CHIPPENHAM TOWN 103 points; W31 D10 L5 GF94 GA47 - CHAMPIONS
2. Leamington 92 points; W27 D11 L8 GF74 GA32
3. Merthyr Town 89 points; W25 D14 L7 GF92 GA42
4. Hitchin Town 86 points; W24 D14 L8 GF79 GA45
5. Slough Town 85 points; W26 D7 L13, GF84 GA56

FORM GUIDE (last match first)

Leamington LWLDLW
Weymouth L 0-4 (A); Banbury W 1 - 0 (H); Biggleswade L 2-0 (A); Kings Langley D 0-0 (H); Frome L 0-1 (H); Cinderford W 2-0 (A)

Merthyr Town WWWWDW
Hayes & Yeading W 4-0 (H); Redditch W 1-0 (A); St. Ives W 2-0 (H); St. Neots W 3-2 (A); Kings Langley D 2-2 (A); Cambridge City W 5-1 (H)

Hitchin Town DDDLDD
Basingstoke D 1-1 (A); Biggleswade D 1-1 (H); Banbury D 1-1 (A); Chippenham L 1-3 (H); Dorchester D 2-2 (A); Leamington D 0-0 (H)

Slough Town DDLLWL
Redditch D 1-1 (H); Chesham D 1-1 (A); Cirencester L 0-2 (H); Kettering L 0-3 (A); Kings Lynn W 3 -0 (H); Frome L 0-1 (A)

TOP SCORERS (league goals)
Leamington: Courtney Baker-Richardson, 16; Merthyr Town: Ian Traylor, 19; Kayne McLaggon, 19; Hitchin Town: Robbie Burns, 15; Slough Town: Gavin James, 13, James Dobson, 11; Chris Flood 11

Leamington: W 6-0 Cinderford (H), L 0 - 6 Slough (H); Merthyr Town; W 6 -1 Hayes & Yeading (A), L 1-3 Chippenham (A); Hitchin Town: W 5-0 Kings Lynn (H), L 1 - 3 Chippenham (H); Slough Town: W 6-0 Leamington (A), L 2-5 Kings Lynn (A)

REBELS PERFORMANCES against play-off contenders (last three league seasons)
v. Leamington: Home W 2-0; L 1-3; x-x Away W 6-0, L 0-3, x-x
v Hitchin Town: Home L 0-1,W 1-0, W 2-1; Away W 3-2, L 1-3, L 2-5
v Merthyr Town: Home W 1-0, W 3-1, x-x Away D 1-1, L 0-2, x-x

SEMI-FINAL DRAW (tmatches to be played on Wednesday 26th April KO 19h45)
Leamington v Slough Town
Merthyr Town v Hitchin Town

FINAL (match to be played on Monday 1st May KO 15h00)
Leamington v Merthyr Town or Hitchin Town
Merthyr Town or Hitchin Town v Slough Town

Winners promoted, together with Chippenham Town, to NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH/NORTH (level 6)

Leamington: Phillips 66 Community Stadium, Harbury Lane, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, Warwicks, CV33 9QB. Average League Attendance 488 (6th highest)
Hitchin: Top Field, Fishponds Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1NU. Average League Attendance 478 (7th)
Merthyr: Loadlok Community Stadium, Penydarren Park, Park Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, CF47 8RF. Average League Attendance 493 (5th)

LAST SEASON (2015/16)
(2nd) Redditch United 1 v 1 (5th) Leamington - a.e.t. Leamington won penalty shoot-out 3-1
(3rd) Hitchin Town 2 v 3 (4th) Hungerford Town

(4th) Hungerford Town 2 v 1 (5th) Leamington

For the record the league results were Redditch 0 - 0 Leamington; Hitchin 2 - 1 Hungerford; Hungerford 1 - 2 Leamington - so league results give no guidelines

The Good News!
Regardless of the weighted draw, final league positions mean little, those finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th have gone up three times each in the last ten seasons, only the 5th placed team, as to be expected, has been disadvantaged by going up just once.

Even Better News!
During the last ten seasons NO club promoted via the play-offs has been relegated the following season

Below are listed season/play-off winner/league placement/promoted league and initial season placement post promotion

2006/7 Maidenhead United (4th) to Conference South (17th)
2007/8 Team Bath (2nd) to Conference South (11th)
2008/9 Gloucester City (3rd) to Conference North (18th)
2009/10 Nuneaton Town (2nd) to Conference North (6th)
2010/11 Salisbury City (3rd) to Conference South (10th)
2011/12 Oxford City (2nd) to Conference North (10th)
2012/13 Gosport Borough (5th) to Conference South (12th)
2013/14 St Albans City (4th) to Conference South (13th)
2014/15 Truro City (3rd) to National South (4th)
2015/16 Hungerford Town (4th) to National South (currently 6th)


Updated 19:19 - 25 Apr 2017 by Keith Handley

Where next?

Slough Town to play West Brom in Pre Season. Testimonial match of long-serving Rebels physio Kevin McGoldrick.
Match Preview: Rebels v Redditch United Sat 22nd Apr Arbour Park, Slough, Berkshire SL2 5AY- kick-off 15:00


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