2017–18 South West Peninsula League

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The 2017–18 South West Peninsula League season is the eleventh in the history of the South West Peninsula League, a football competition in England, that feeds the Premier Division of the Western Football League. The league had been formed in 2007 from the merger of the Devon County League and the South Western League, and is restricted to clubs based in Cornwall and Devon. The Premier Division of the South West Peninsula League is on the same level of the National League System as the Western League Division One.

The constitution was announced on 26 May 2017.[1]

Premier Division[edit]

South West Peninsula League

The Premier Division features 20 teams, the same as the previous season, after St Blazey were relegated to Division One East, and Tiverton Town Reserves left the league.

Three new clubs joined the league:

Reserve sides are not eligible for promotion to Step 5.

Any Step 6 club without ground grading Grade G were to be relegated to Step 7. Godolphin Atlantic and Stoke Gabriel passed the ground grading requirements with a dispensation that certain works had to be completed by 30 September 2018, or those clubs will face a financial penalty. Potential demotion at the end of next season would result if they were not compliant by 31 March 2019.[2] Stoke Gabriel subsequently sought voluntary demotion because they announced that their groundworks would not be ready by the deadline. All step 6 leagues were to be fixed at a maximum of 20 clubs for 2018–19.

  • Only Plymouth Parkway applied for promotion to Step 5.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Plymouth Parkway (C) (P) 38 34 3 1 147 25 +122 105 Promoted to Western League Premier Division
2 Tavistock 38 30 4 4 151 41 +110 94
3 Falmouth Town 38 25 5 8 97 49 +48 084‡¶
4 Saltash United 38 24 7 7 127 55 +72 79
5 Bodmin Town 38 24 7 7 96 50 +46 79
6 St Austell 38 21 3 14 102 78 +24 66
7 Launceston 38 20 5 13 89 54 +35 65
8 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 38 20 8 10 113 58 +55 064
9 Helston Athletic 38 15 4 19 72 83 −11 49
10 Camelford 38 14 4 20 60 94 −34 46
11 Torpoint Athletic 38 12 9 17 63 77 −14 45
12 Stoke Gabriel 38 15 4 19 62 94 −32 45 Demoted to Division One East due to ground grading failure
13 Cullompton Rangers 38 13 5 20 60 91 −31 44
14 Newquay 38 13 3 22 61 73 −12 42
15 Sticker 38 9 9 20 52 83 −31 038#
16 Exmouth Town 38 10 7 21 48 91 −43 37
17 Godolphin Atlantic 38 10 6 22 59 116 −57 36
18 Ivybridge Town 38 10 5 23 52 92 −40 35
19 Callington Town 38 5 5 28 45 127 −82 020
20 Witheridge 38 2 5 31 34 159 −125 07‡†

Updated to games played on 23:39, 4 June 2018 (UTC).
Source: SWPL.co.uk
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Witheridge failed to raise a team for their match at Falmouth Town on 2 September and were deducted three points, with Falmouth awarded three points. The table shows a 0–0 draw.
Plymouth Argyle Reserves failed to raise a team for their match at home to Falmouth Town on 29 April and were deducted three points, with Falmouth again awarded three points. The table shows a 0–0 draw.
# Stoke Gabriel failed to raise a team for their match at Sticker on 7 May and were deducted three points, with Sticker awarded three points. The table shows a 0–0 draw.
Callington Town and Witheridge reprieved from relegation.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Division One East[edit]

Division One East features 18 clubs, the same as the previous season, after Stoke Gabriel were promoted to the Premier Division and Exwick Villa were relegated:

  • Galmpton United changed their name to Galmpton & Roselands.
  • Totnes & Dartington resigned from the league before the season started, but were not replaced.
  • Crediton United, Ilfracombe Town and Newton Abbot Spurs applied for promotion to the Premier Division. All three passed the ground grading, but Newton Abbot later withdrew their application.
Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GDiff Pts Notes
1 St Martins (C) 32 26 1 5 84 34 +50 79
2 Newton Abbot Spurs 32 25 2 5 83 26 +57 77
3 Bovey Tracey 32 20 1 12 70 54 +16 61
4 Budleigh Salterton 32 18 4 10 89 47 +42 58
5 University of Exeter 32 16 5 11 79 59 +20 53
6 Crediton United 32 16 5 11 57 46 +11 53
7 Ilfracombe Town 32 15 5 13 52 54 –2 50
8 Torridgeside 32 14 5 13 67 56 +11 49*
9 Teignmouth 32 14 5 13 76 60 +16 47
10 Axminster Town 32 12 5 15 59 69 –10 41
11 Sidmouth Town 32 10 7 15 62 67 –5 37
12 Appledore 32 10 6 16 49 73 –24 36
13 Brixham 32 8 11 13 48 65 –17 31*
14 Honiton Town 32 8 5 19 54 87 –33 29
15 Alphington 32 7 6 19 43 82 –39 27
16 Galmpton & Roselands 32 8 2 22 43 70 –27 26 Resigned at the end of the season
17 Liverton United 32 6 3 23 34 100 –66 21 Reprieved from relegation
18 Totnes & Dartington 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from the league

* Brixham failed to fulfil their fixture away at Torridgeside on 7 May 2018. The table shows a 0–0 draw, but Torridgeside were awarded three points instead of one, and Brixham were deducted three points.

  • Updated to 19:03, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

Division One West[edit]

Division One West features 18 clubs, the same as the previous season, after Sticker were promoted to the Premier Division, Vospers Oak Villa were relegated, and two new clubs joined:

  • Penryn Athletic resigned from the league before the season started, but were not replaced.
  • Elburton Villa, Liskeard Athletic, Millbrook, Mousehole, Porthleven, St Blazey, St Dennis, Wadebridge Town and Wendron United have applied for promotion to the Premier Division. St Blazey failed the ground grading; Millbrook, Mousehole, St Dennis and Wendron passed with dispensation, and the others passed.
Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GDiff Pts Notes
1 Millbrook (C) (P) 32 21 7 4 100 40 +60 70 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 Ludgvan 32 22 3 7 83 45 +38 69
3 Elburton Villa (P) 32 19 7 6 79 40 +39 64 Promotion to the Premier Division
4 Mousehole 32 19 5 8 82 51 +31 62
5 Liskeard Athletic 32 18 6 8 92 45 +47 60
6 Porthleven 32 18 6 8 74 51 +23 60
7 St Blazey 32 16 4 12 66 59 +7 52
8 St Dennis 32 15 6 11 66 73 –7 51
9 Wadebridge Town 32 11 7 14 73 63 +10 40
10 Penzance 32 11 4 17 64 78 –14 37
11 Holsworthy 32 9 7 16 51 67 –16 34
12 Plymouth Marjon 32 9 5 18 43 59 –16 32
13 Wendron United 32 8 7 17 48 90 –42 31
14 Dobwalls 32 10 1 21 52 99 –47 31
15 Bude Town 32 7 3 23 43 99 –56 26‡
16 Plymstock United 32 5 8 19 47 83 –36 25*
17 Illogan RBL (R) 32 6 10 16 43 64 –21 20*‡ Relegated to Level 12
18 Penryn Athletic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from the league

* Illogan RBL failed to fulfil their fixture away at Plymstock United on 20 April 2018. The table shows a 0–0 draw, but Plymstock were awarded three points instead of one, and Illogan were deducted three points.

‡ Illogan RBL failed to fulfil their fixture at home to Bude Town on 7 May 2018. The table shows a 0–0 draw, but Bude were awarded three points instead of one, and Illogan were deducted three points.

  • Updated to 23:39, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Promotion from feeder leagues for 2018–19[edit]

Several clubs have applied for promotion to the SWPL for the 2018–19 season. Their success will depend on finishing in the top three in their respective leagues and other factors including ground facilities. Clubs finishing in the top two in their leagues have the automatic right to promotion if they pass the ground grading. Clubs finishing third in their leagues, and any clubs applying from outside the football pyramid, do not have an automatic right to promotion. Only one club per league can be accepted. If two or more clubs satisfy all requirements and are considered of equal merit, the league board will decide on which club(s) to accept. If all five feeder leagues provide a club eligible for promotion, then the two clubs finishing in 17th positions in Division One East / West will be relegated.

The following clubs have applied for promotion to Division One East and West for next season. Their ground grading results are also included below:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club Allocations for Step 5–6" (PDF). FA. 26 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Constitution of SWPL 2018–19" (PDF). SWPL. 25 May 2018. 

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