2016–17 United Counties League

The 2016–17 United Counties League season (known as the 2016–17 ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League for sponsorship reasons) was the 110th in the history of the United Counties League, a football competition in England.

Premier DivisionEdit

United Counties League
Premier Division
Season2016–17
ChampionsPeterborough Sports
PromotedPeterborough Sports
RelegatedHarrowby United
Huntingdon Town
Matches played462
Goals scored1,777 (3.85 per match)

The Premier Division featured 20 clubs which competed in the division last season, along with two new clubs, promoted from Division One:

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Peterborough Sports 42 36 4 2 150 34 +116 112 Promoted to the Northern Premier League Division One South
2 Deeping Rangers 42 29 7 6 123 35 +88 94
3 Yaxley 42 28 4 10 106 52 +54 88
4 Desborough Town 42 25 9 8 89 53 +36 84
5 Eynesbury Rovers 42 26 5 11 119 61 +58 83
6 Wisbech Town 42 25 7 10 114 60 +54 82
7 Holbeach United 42 22 7 13 99 72 +27 73
8 Northampton Sileby Rangers 42 21 7 14 100 79 +21 70
9 Wellingborough Town 42 19 8 15 75 85 −10 65
10 Newport Pagnell Town 42 17 12 13 93 56 +37 63
11 Harborough Town 42 17 7 18 83 77 +6 58
12 Northampton ON Chenecks 42 16 7 19 72 89 −17 55
13 Cogenhoe United 42 14 9 19 67 80 −13 51
14 Sleaford Town 42 15 4 23 73 76 −3 49
15 Peterborough Northern Star 42 13 9 20 50 66 −16 48
16 Rothwell Corinthians 42 13 9 20 57 85 −28 48
17 Leicester Nirvana 42 14 4 24 66 87 −21 46
18 Kirby Muxloe 42 12 4 26 59 103 −44 40
19 Oadby Town 42 10 7 25 62 117 −55 37
20 Boston Town 42 8 10 24 48 94 −46 34
21 Harrowby United 42 5 6 31 35 165 −130 20[a] Relegated to Division One
22 Huntingdon Town 42 2 4 36 37 151 −114 10
Source: UCFL Tables fchd
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Number of matches won; 5) Head-to-head results [1]
Notes:
  1. ^ Harrowby United were deducted one point for fielding an ineligible player against Oadby Town on 5 November 2016.

Promotion criteriaEdit

To be promoted at the end of the season a team must:[2]

  1. Have applied to be considered for promotion by 30 November 2016
  2. Pass a ground grading examination by 31 March 2017
  3. Finish the season in a position higher than that of any other team also achieving criteria 1 and 2
  4. Finish the season in one of the top three positions

The following three teams have achieved criterion one:[3]

Division OneEdit

United Counties League
Division One
Season2016–17
ChampionsDaventry Town
PromotedDaventry Town
Wellingborough Whitworth
Matches played342
Goals scored1,438 (4.2 per match)

Division One featured 17 clubs which competed in the division last season, along with three new clubs:

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification
1 Daventry Town 36 28 3 5 103 43 +60 87 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Wellingborough Whitworth 36 24 6 6 120 65 +55 78
3 Bugbrooke St Michaels 36 24 4 8 113 53 +60 76
4 Olney Town 36 22 7 7 101 49 +52 73
5 Buckingham Town 36 21 5 10 106 58 +48 68
6 Potton United 36 19 7 10 89 49 +40 64
7 Raunds Town 36 19 6 11 72 47 +25 63
8 Irchester United 36 19 4 13 85 62 +23 61
9 Melton Town 36 18 3 15 97 73 +24 57
10 Thrapston Town 36 16 7 13 63 64 −1 55
11 Oakham United 36 15 6 15 63 75 −12 51
12 Lutterworth Athletic 36 14 8 14 83 71 +12 50
13 Long Buckby 36 14 5 17 71 78 −7 47
14 Blackstones 36 13 7 16 66 77 −11 46
15 Bourne Town 36 11 5 20 62 77 −15 38
16 Rushden & Higham United 36 9 8 19 55 79 −24 35
17 Woodford United 36 3 3 30 34 163 −129 12 Resigned to the Northamptonshire Combination
18 Stewarts & Lloyds Corby 36 3 0 33 35 127 −92 9
19 Burton Park Wanderers 36 1 4 31 20 128 −108 7
20 Whittlesey Athletic[a] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from the league
Source: UCFL Tables fchd
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Number of matches won; 5) Head-to-head results [1]
Notes:
  1. ^ Whittlesey Athletic withdrawn from the league on 21 September due to ground grading, club record W=3 D=3 L=4 GF=28 GA=15 expunged.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The FA Handbook 2016-17 (page 545, section 13.2)". The FA. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Promotion criteria for Step 5 to Step 4 for 2016–17 season". FA. 26 Oct 2015.
  3. ^ "Step 4 Applications". FA. 12 Dec 2016. Retrieved 15 Dec 2016.
  4. ^ "Whittlesey Athletic resign from United Counties League". The non-league football paper. 22 September 2016.

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