Three clubs out of six go down

By Surrey and Hants News in Football

The football season has ended - with very mixed fortunes for our six local clubs.

Alresford Town had the most to shout about in 2016-17. Losing 2-0 at home to Andover Town in their final match had no effect on their position. They finished fifth in the Wessex Premier - their best campaign since back-to-back second places in 2013 and 2014 - with 77 points from their 42 games.

Alton ended their Wessex Division 1 fixtures with a 3-1 defeat at Ringwood Town which left them entrenched in mid-table, coming 12th with 62 points from 40 matches.

Farnham Town rounded off their year in the Combined Counties Premier with a 1-0 win at Chertsey Town, leaving them three places and 10 points above the drop zone in 18th position with 49 points from 44 games.

Badshot Lea will spend their final season groundsharing at Ash United trying to regain their place in the Combined Counties Premier. Despite a 1-0 victory at AFC Hayes on the final day, they could only finish 21st - the highest of the three relegation places - with 39 points from 44 fixtures, eight adrift of safety.

Godalming Town struggled from the start upon their transfer to the seemingly stronger Isthmian League South Division, after playing last season in the Southern League Division 1 Central. A three-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player did not help their cause, and their season ended with a 5-1 defeat at Corinthian-Casuals. They came 24th and bottom, 14 points short of staying up, with 24 points from 46 games.

Petersfield Town suffered budget cuts that turned their second Southern League Division 1 Central season into a disaster. Despite only two clubs being relegated, Petersfield were 30 points adrift of safety, finishing 22nd and bottom with just nine points from 42 games, the final one coming on January 2. They went down on the back of 17 successive defeats - in the last of these, Petersfield (Cripps 17, Andrews 48) were beaten 3-2 at home by Arlesey Town (Williams 10, 45, Amu 25).