2017–18 South of Scotland Football League

The 2017–18 South of Scotland Football League was the 72nd season of the South of Scotland Football League, and the 4th season as the sixth tier of the Scottish football pyramid system. The season began on 29 July 2017 and ended on 7 May 2018. Reigning champions Edusport Academy were promoted to the Lowland League so did not defend their title.

South of Scotland Football League
Season2017–18
Dates29 July 2017 – 7 May 2018
ChampionsThreave Rovers
Matches played210
Goals scored1,077 (5.13 per match)
Biggest home winThreave Rovers 8–0 Dumfries YMCA
(2 August 2017)
Bonnyton Thistle 8–0 Dumfries YMCA
(18 November 2017)
Stranraer reserves 8–0 Annan Athletic reserves
(9 December 2017)
Newton Stewart 9–1 Dumfries YMCA
(25 January 2018)
St Cuthbert Wanderers 10–2 Annan Athletic reserves
(17 February 2018)
Bonnyton Thistle 9–1 Creetown
(24 March 2018)
Lochar Thistle 8–0 Annan Athletic reserves
(7 April 2018)
Biggest away winDumfries YMCA 0–10 Bonnyton Thistle
(23 August 2017)
Highest scoringSt Cuthbert Wanderers 10–2 Annan Athletic reserves
(17 February 2018)
Longest winning run11 matches:
Threave Rovers
Longest unbeaten run17 matches:
Threave Rovers
Longest winless run19 matches:
Dumfries YMCA
Longest losing run19 matches:
Dumfries YMCA
All statistics correct as of 7 May 2018.

The league was initially increased to a 16 team division as Bonnyton Thistle joined, and the reserve teams of Annan Athletic and Stranraer returned. However, Wigtown & Bladnoch pulled out before the season started, reducing the division to fifteen teams.

Threave Rovers won the league with a 2–0 win over closest rivals Mid-Annandale on 23 April 2018. They faced 2017–18 East of Scotland Football League champions Kelty Hearts for a place in the 2018–19 Lowland Football League, but lost 10–0 on aggregate.

TeamsEdit

Location of teams in 2017–18 South of Scotland Football League within Dumfries & Galloway

The following teams have changed since the 2016–17 season.

To South of Scotland LeagueEdit

From South of Scotland LeagueEdit

Promoted to Lowland Football League

Team Location Home ground Capacity Seats Floodlit
Abbey Vale New Abbey Maryfield Park 1,000[1] 0 No
Annan Athletic reserves Annan Galabank 2,504[2] 500 Yes
Bonnyton Thistle Kilmarnock Bonnyton Park 1,000[3] 100 Yes
Creetown Creetown Castlecary Park 1,000[4] 0 No
Dumfries YMCA Dumfries Kingholm Park 500[5] 0 Yes
Heston Rovers Dumfries Palmerston Park 8,690[6] 3,377 Yes
Lochar Thistle Dumfries Maxwelltown High School 1,000[7] 0 No
Lochmaben Lockerbie New King Edward Park 1,000[8] 0 No
Mid-Annandale Lockerbie New King Edward Park 1,000[9] 0 No
Newton Stewart [SFA] Newton Stewart Blairmount Park 1,500[10] 0 Yes
Nithsdale Wanderers Sanquhar Lorimer Park 1,000[11] 0 Yes
St Cuthbert Wanderers [SFA] Kirkcudbright St Mary's Park 2,000[12] 0 Yes
Stranraer reserves Stranraer Stair Park 4,178[13] 1,830 Yes
Threave Rovers [SFA] Castle Douglas Meadow Park 1,500[14] Yes
Upper Annandale Moffat Moffat Academy 1,000[15] 0 No

SFA Club has an SFA Licence (as of 20 December 2017)[16] and are eligible to participate in the Lowland League promotion play-off should they win the league.

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Threave Rovers (C) 28 24 1 3 94 21 +73 73 Qualification to Lowland League play-off
2 Mid-Annandale 28 21 3 4 107 42 +65 66
3 Lochar Thistle 28 20 3 5 89 40 +49 63
4 St Cuthbert Wanderers 28 17 3 8 87 57 +30 54
5 Abbey Vale 28 15 4 9 78 50 +28 49
6 Bonnyton Thistle 28 14 4 10 89 41 +48 46
7 Heston Rovers 28 15 1 12 75 71 +4 46
8 Stranraer reserves 28 12 6 10 90 77 +13 42
9 Newton Stewart 28 12 2 14 65 64 +1 38
10 Upper Annandale 28 11 4 13 66 74 −8 37
11 Nithsdale Wanderers 28 11 3 14 77 81 −4 36
12 Lochmaben 28 10 3 15 61 75 −14 33
13 Annan Athletic reserves 28 3 1 24 41 139 −98 10
14 Creetown 28 3 2 23 32 97 −65 11
15 Dumfries YMCA 28 2 0 26 26 148 −122 6
16 Wigtown & Bladnoch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrawn
Source: South of Scotland Football League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(C) Champion

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Abbey Vale, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. ^ Annan Athletic reserves, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  3. ^ Bonnyton Thistle, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  4. ^ Creetown, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  5. ^ Dumfries YMCA, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  6. ^ Heston Rovers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  7. ^ Lochar Thistle, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  8. ^ Lochmaben, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  9. ^ Mid-Annandale, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  10. ^ Newton Stewart, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  11. ^ Nithsdale Wanderers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  12. ^ St Cuthbert Wanderers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  13. ^ Stranraer reserves, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  14. ^ Threave Rovers, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  15. ^ Upper Annandale, nonleaguescotland.org.uk, Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Licensed Clubs - 2017" (PDF). Retrieved 20 December 2017.