2020–21 Southern Football League

The 2020–21 Southern Football League season was the 118th in the history of the Southern League since its establishment in 1894. The league has two Premier divisions (Central and South) at Step 3 of the National League System (NLS) and two Division One divisions (Central and South) at Step 4. These correspond to levels 7 and 8 of the English football league system.

The allocations for Steps 3 and 4 for season 2020–21 were announced by the FA on 21 July 2020.[1]

Due to the restrictions on clubs' ability to play matches in the lockdowns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, competitions at Steps 3–6 were curtailed on 24 February 2021.[2] The scheduled restructuring of non-league took place at the end of the season, with a new division to be added to Northern Premier League at step 4 for 2021–22,[3] which resulted in some reallocations into or out of, and promotions to, the Southern League's Step 4 divisions.[3]

Premier Division CentralEdit

Southern Football League
Premier Division Central
Season2020–21

Premier Division Central comprised the same set of 22 teams which competed in the aborted competition the previous season.

Premier Division Central tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Coalville Town 7 5 2 0 21 5 +16 17
2 Needham Market 7 5 2 0 17 7 +10 17
3 Stratford Town 8 5 0 3 17 16 +1 15
4 Rushall Olympic 8 3 4 1 14 12 +2 13
5 Tamworth 7 3 3 1 13 8 +5 12
6 Redditch United 8 3 3 2 14 11 +3 12
7 Stourbridge 8 2 5 1 10 7 +3 11
8 Royston Town 8 2 5 1 12 11 +1 11
9 Kings Langley 9 2 5 2 11 11 0 11
10 Hitchin Town 7 3 1 3 12 14 −2 10
11 St Ives Town 6 3 1 2 11 13 −2 10
12 Peterborough Sports 6 2 3 1 10 5 +5 9
13 AFC Rushden & Diamonds 7 2 3 2 14 11 +3 9
14 Lowestoft Town 7 2 3 2 8 9 −1 9
15 Nuneaton Borough 8 2 2 4 14 13 +1 8
16 Biggleswade Town 8 2 2 4 13 17 −4 8
17 Alvechurch 9 2 2 5 12 16 −4 8
18 Banbury United 7 2 2 3 9 13 −4 8
19 Bromsgrove Sporting 8 2 2 4 9 17 −8 8
20 Hednesford Town 8 2 1 5 12 16 −4 7
21 Leiston 8 1 2 5 11 21 −10 5
22 Barwell 7 1 1 5 6 17 −11 4
Source: Southern League website, Non League Matters
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) number of matches won; 5) head-to-head results[4]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ALV BAN BAR BIG BRO COA HED HIT KLL LEI LOW NEE NUN PSP RED ROY RUD RUS STI STO STR TAM
Alvechurch 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–0
Banbury United 2–0 1–1 0–1
Barwell 0–5 1–2 2–1 1–3
Biggleswade Town 2–1 0–1 7–4
Bromsgrove Sporting 1–1 0–2 1–0 2–2
Coalville Town 6–1 4–1 1–1 4–1
Hednesford Town 5–1 0–3 1–4 4–2
Hitchin Town 5–1 2–2 0–2
Kings Langley 2–1 1–1 3–2 2–2
Leiston 1–0 1–4 2–2 0–1
Lowestoft Town 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–3
Needham Market 3–0 3–1 3–1 4–2
Nuneaton Borough 1–2 1–1 6–2
Peterborough Sports 3–0 1–1 1–1
Redditch United 4–1 1–1 2–0 3–3
Royston Town 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1
AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1–1 2–1 7–1
Rushall Olympic 4–3 0–2 1–1 1–1
St Ives Town 1–0 1–0 3–1
Stourbridge 0–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–1
Stratford Town 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–1
Tamworth 2–1 3–0 1–1 4–2
Updated to match(es) played on 3 November 2020. Source: Southern League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Location Stadium Capacity
AFC Rushden & Diamonds Rushden Hayden Road 2,000
Alvechurch Alvechurch Lye Meadow 3,000
Banbury United Banbury Spencer Stadium 2,000
Barwell Barwell Kirkby Road 2,500
Biggleswade Town Biggleswade Langford Road 3,000
Bromsgrove Sporting Bromsgrove Victoria Ground 4,893
Coalville Town Coalville Owen Street Sports Ground 2,000
Hednesford Town Hednesford Keys Park 6,039
Hitchin Town Hitchin Top Field 4,554
Kings Langley Kings Langley Sadiku Stadium 1,963
Leiston Leiston Victory Road 2,250
Lowestoft Town Lowestoft Crown Meadow 3,000
Needham Market Needham Market Bloomfields 4,000
Nuneaton Borough Nuneaton Liberty Way 4,614
Peterborough Sports Peterborough Lincoln Road 2,300
Redditch United Redditch The Valley 5,000
Royston Town Royston Garden Walk 5,000
Rushall Olympic Walsall (Rushall) Dales Lane 2,000
St Ives Town St Ives Westwood Road 2,000
Stourbridge Stourbridge War Memorial Athletic Ground 2,626
Stratford Town Stratford-upon-Avon Knights Lane 2,000
Tamworth Tamworth The Lamb Ground 4,565

Premier Division SouthEdit

Southern Football League
Premier Division South
Season2020–21

Premier Division South comprised 20 teams, two fewer than the previous season, following Blackfield & Langley's resignation and voluntary relegation to the Wessex League,[5] and Merthyr Town's decision to withdraw for one season due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wales.

Premier Division South tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Poole Town 7 6 1 0 16 7 +9 19
2 Tiverton Town 7 6 0 1 21 4 +17 18
3 Salisbury 7 5 2 0 17 7 +10 17
4 Truro City 8 5 1 2 17 9 +8 16
5 Metropolitan Police 8 4 2 2 14 11 +3 14
6 Swindon Supermarine 7 4 0 3 12 10 +2 12
7 Chesham United 7 3 3 1 6 4 +2 12
8 Taunton Town 6 3 2 1 8 5 +3 11
9 Hendon 8 3 2 3 12 10 +2 11
10 Hayes & Yeading United 7 2 4 1 11 8 +3 10
11 Gosport Borough 7 2 2 3 11 9 +2 8
12 Walton Casuals 6 2 1 3 8 13 −5 7
13 Wimborne Town 6 2 1 3 5 12 −7 7
14 Hartley Wintney 6 1 3 2 5 9 −4 6
15 Weston-super-Mare 6 1 2 3 8 10 −2 5
16 Harrow Borough 7 1 2 4 11 14 −3 5
17 Yate Town 8 1 2 5 8 17 −9 5
18 Farnborough 8 1 1 6 7 16 −9 4
19 Dorchester Town 7 1 1 5 5 17 −12 4
20 Beaconsfield Town 7 0 2 5 4 14 −10 2
Source: [1] Southern League website, Non League Matters
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) number of matches won; 5) head-to-head results[4]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BEA CHE DOR FAR GOS HAB HAR HAY HEN MET POO SAL SWI TAU TIV TRU WAL WES WIM YAT
Beaconsfield Town 0–2 1–4 0–0 1–2
Chesham United 0–0 0–0 0–1
Dorchester Town 1–6 1–0 1–3 0–0
Farnborough 4–1 1–3 0–1 0–0
Gosport Borough 4–0 2–2 2–3
Harrow Borough 1–2 1–2 1–1
Hartley Wintney 1–1 0–2 3–1
Hayes & Yeading United 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–1
Hendon 2–0 4–0 1–1 0–4
Metropolitan Police 3–1 5–2 1–0 1–1
Poole Town 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1
Salisbury 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–1
Swindon Supermarine 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–3
Taunton Town 2–1 1–2 2–0
Tiverton Town 3–1 5–0 3–1 5–0
Truro City 1–0 1–1 4–1 2–0
Walton Casuals 1–1 1–3 3–0
Weston-super-Mare 1–1 1–2
Wimborne Town 0–1 2–1
Yate Town 0–1 4–1 2–6 0–3
Updated to match(es) played on 3 November 2020. Source: Southern League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.


Stadia and locationsEdit

Locations of the Premier Division South clubs
Greater London and environ Premier Division South clubs
Club Location Stadium Capacity
Beaconsfield Town Beaconsfield Holloways Park 3,500
Chesham United Chesham The Meadow 5,000
Dorchester Town Dorchester The Avenue Stadium 5,000
Farnborough Farnborough Cherrywood Road 7,000
Gosport Borough Gosport Privett Park 4,500
Harrow Borough Harrow Earlsmead Stadium 3,000
Hartley Wintney Hartley Wintney The Memorial Playing Fields 2,000
Hayes & Yeading United Hayes, Hillingdon SkyEx Community Stadium 3,000
Hendon Hendon Silver Jubilee Park 2,000
Metropolitan Police East Molesey Imber Court 3,000
Poole Town Poole The BlackGold Stadium 2,500
Salisbury Salisbury Raymond McEnhill Stadium 5,000
Swindon Supermarine Swindon (South Marston) Hunts Copse Ground 3,000
Taunton Town Taunton Wordsworth Drive 2,500
Tiverton Town Tiverton Ladysmead 3,500
Truro City Truro Treyew Road 3,200
Walton Casuals Walton-on-Thames Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub 2,500
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare Woodspring Stadium 3,500
Wimborne Town Wimborne Minster The Cuthbury 3,000
Yate Town Yate Lodge Road 2,000

Division One CentralEdit

Southern Football League
Division One Central
Season2020–21

Division One Central comprised the same set of 20 teams which competed in the aborted competition the previous season.

Division One Central league tableEdit

Relegation criteria are subject to change as a number of divisions at this level and above operated under strength in 2020–21.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Corby Town 7 5 0 2 15 8 +7 15
2 Bedworth United 8 4 3 1 16 15 +1 15
3 St Neots Town 8 3 4 1 23 12 +11 13
4 Aylesbury United 7 4 1 2 16 11 +5 13
5 Bedford Town 7 3 3 1 9 6 +3 12
6 Daventry Town 8 4 0 4 13 15 −2 12
7 Halesowen Town 7 3 2 2 20 10 +10 11
8 Berkhamsted 6 3 2 1 13 5 +8 11
9 Barton Rovers 8 3 2 3 16 13 +3 11
10 AFC Dunstable 7 3 2 2 10 9 +1 11
11 Welwyn Garden City 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
12 Kidlington 6 2 3 1 10 6 +4 9
13 Coleshill Town 8 3 0 5 7 11 −4 9
14 Wantage Town 8 3 0 5 13 20 −7 9
15 Yaxley 6 2 2 2 13 14 −1 8
16 Thame United 7 2 1 4 12 10 +2 7
17 Kempston Rovers 8 1 3 4 11 18 −7 6
18 Biggleswade 7 2 0 5 7 16 −9 6
19 North Leigh 7 1 3 3 5 17 −12 6
20 Didcot Town 8 2 0 6 7 22 −15 6
Source: Southern League website, Non League Matters
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) number of matches won; 5) head-to-head results[4]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AYU BAR BDT BDW BER BIG COL COR DAV DID DUN HAL KEM KID NOR STN THM WAN WGC YAX
Aylesbury United 0–0 3–2 4–2
Barton Rovers 1–0 1–2 3–0 1–2
Bedford Town 1–1 1–1 4–1
Bedworth United 4–3 1–1 3–2 3–2
Berkhamsted 3–2 0–1 1–1 5–0
Biggleswade 3–2 0–2 2–0 1–3
Coleshill Town 1–4 2–0 0–1 2–0
Corby Town 0–1 4–0 4–1 4–3
Daventry Town 3–5 3–0 2–1 1–0
Didcot Town 0–3 4–1 0–3 2–1
AFC Dunstable 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–2
Halesowen Town 1–1 2–0 5–0 7–1
Kempston Rovers 0–1 2–2 3–2 3–3
Kidlington 1–1 1–1
North Leigh 1–0 2–2 0–0
St Neots Town 1–1 4–1 8–0 2–3
Thame United 3–0 4–1 0–1
Wantage Town 1–3 3–1 3–2 2–0
Welwyn Garden City 3–0 1–1
Yaxley 0–1 2–1 5–0 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on 4 November 2020. Source: Southern League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Location Stadium Capacity
AFC Dunstable Dunstable Creasey Park 3,200
Aylesbury United Aylesbury The Meadow (groundshare with Chesham United) 5,000
Barton Rovers Barton-le-Clay Sharpenhoe Road 4,000
Bedford Town Bedford The Eyrie 3,000
Bedworth United Bedworth The Oval 3,000
Berkhamsted Berkhamsted Broadwater 2,500
Biggleswade Biggleswade Langford Road (groundshare with Biggleswade Town) 3,000
Coleshill Town Coleshill Pack Meadow 2,070
Corby Town Corby Steel Park 3,893
Daventry Town Daventry Communications Park 3,000
Didcot Town Didcot Loop Meadow 3,000
Halesowen Town Halesowen The Grove 3,150
Kempston Rovers Kempston Hillgrounds Leisure 2,000
Kidlington Kidlington Yarnton Road 1,500
North Leigh North Leigh Eynsham Hall Park Sports Ground 2,000
St Neots Town St Neots New Rowley Park 3,500
Thame United Thame Meadow View Park 2,000
Wantage Town Wantage Alfredian Park 1,500
Welwyn Garden City Welwyn Garden City Herns Way 1,000
Yaxley Yaxley Leading Drove 1,500

Division One SouthEdit

Southern Football League
Division One South
Season2020–21

Division One South tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Cirencester Town 9 8 0 1 26 4 +22 24
2 AFC Totton 9 6 2 1 22 8 +14 20
3 Basingstoke Town 7 5 1 1 23 13 +10 16
4 Winchester City 7 5 0 2 14 8 +6 15
5 Slimbridge 9 4 2 3 22 21 +1 14
6 Paulton Rovers 9 4 1 4 15 14 +1 13
7 Willand Rovers 8 4 1 3 14 13 +1 13
8 Highworth Town 8 4 1 3 11 14 −3 13
9 Frome Town 7 3 2 2 12 7 +5 11
10 Larkhall Athletic 7 3 1 3 11 11 0 10
11 Bristol Manor Farm 7 3 1 3 12 14 −2 10
12 Sholing 5 3 0 2 9 6 +3 9
13 Evesham United 6 2 2 2 5 7 −2 8
14 Cinderford Town 7 2 1 4 10 21 −11 7
15 Thatcham Town 8 1 3 4 8 13 −5 6
16 Bideford 6 0 4 2 7 9 −2 4
17 Moneyfields 4 1 0 3 7 7 0 3
18 Melksham Town 6 1 0 5 5 14 −9 3
19 Barnstaple Town 6 0 2 4 9 22 −13 2
20 Mangotsfield United 7 0 0 7 4 20 −16 0
Source: Southern League website, Non League Matters
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) number of matches won; 5) head-to-head results[4]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away TOT BAR BAS BID BMF CIN CIR EVE FRO HWT LAR MAN MEL MON PAU SHO SLI THT WIL WIN
AFC Totton 3–0 1–1 3–0 1–2
Barnstaple Town 2–2 2–3 2–8
Basingstoke Town 2–3 3–0 2–1
Bideford 0–1 2–2 2–2
Bristol Manor Farm 2–2 0–2 3–2
Cinderford Town 3–6 2–1 0–5 1–2
Cirencester Town 4–0 0–2 2–0 3–0
Evesham United 1–1 0–1 0–3
Frome Town 1–1 1–2 2–2 5–0
Highworth Town 2–1 2–2 1–0
Larkhall Athletic 1–3 1–2 3–0
Mangotsfield United 0–3 0–1 2–3 1–2
Melksham Town 0–4 0–1 1–2
Moneyfields 0–2 1–2
Paulton Rovers 1–0 1–6 0–1 2–3 3–1
Sholing 3–2 0–2
Slimbridge 4–1 3–6 1–3 4–2
Thatcham Town 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–5 0–0
Willand Rovers 0–5 2–1 2–0 0–0
Winchester City 3–2 0–1 5–1
Updated to match(es) played on 4 November 2020. Source: Southern League
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Location Stadium Capacity
AFC Totton Totton Testwood Stadium 3,000
Barnstaple Town Barnstaple Mill Road 5,000
Basingstoke Town Basingstoke The City Ground (groundshare with Winchester City) 4,500
Bideford Bideford The Sports Ground 2,000
Bristol Manor Farm Bristol (Sea Mills) The Creek 2,000
Cinderford Town Cinderford Causeway Ground 3,500
Cirencester Town Cirencester Corinium Stadium 4,500
Evesham United Evesham Jubilee Stadium 3,000
Frome Town Frome Badgers Hill 2,000
Highworth Town Highworth The Elms Recreation Ground 2,000
Larkhall Athletic Bath (Larkhall) The Plain Ham Ground 1,000
Mangotsfield United Mangotsfield Cossham Street 2,500
Melksham Town Melksham Oakfield Stadium 2,500
Moneyfields Portsmouth Moneyfields Sports Ground 2,000
Paulton Rovers Paulton Athletic Field 2,500
Sholing Sholing Universal Stadium 1,000
Slimbridge Slimbridge Thornhill Park 1,500
Thatcham Town Thatcham Waterside Park 1,500
Willand Rovers Willand The Stan Robinson Stadium 1,000
Winchester City Winchester The City Ground 4,500

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National League System club allocations – Steps 1 to 4, Season 2020–21" (PDF). The Non-League Paper. 21 July 2020.
  2. ^ "FA Update On Steps 3-6". 24 February 2021. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b "EXPLAINED: The 2021-22 Non-League restructure". The Non-League Paper. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d "The FA Handbook 2020/2021 Part 29 Standardised Rules Section 12.2". The FA. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Two-times champions Blackfield & Langley set to take voluntary relegation back into the Wessex League Premier Division". The News. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2020.

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