Tues 25th October 2016

New Forest clubs over the last decade

Five years ago we had a look at the comparative progress or otherwise that each club in the New Forest and local area around it had made over the preceding five years.......now 5 years later, we are looking again so we can get a real idea of what has changed over the last decade.

Since 2006, the structure of the leagues has changed a fair bit - the SPL has expanded and now there is no RD4 - however for comparative purposes, we have kept the "points system" the same which is as follows:

SPL Team 9 points
CD1 8 points
CD2 7 points
CD3 6 points
CD4 5 points
RD1 4 points
RD2 3 points
RD3 2 points
RD4 1 points

So to explain, if a club has a 1st XI in the  Southern League and a 2nd XI in RD1 of the HCL then that club would have 9+4=11 points.

Here are the tables:

   2007

2012 2017
1 Bashley 23   Bashley 27   Bashley 30
2 Totton 22   Totton 22   Lymington 24
3 Lymington 21   Lymington 20   New Milton 24
4 New Milton 19   New Milton 20   Totton 22
5 Calmore 16   Calmore 17   Calmore 20
6 Paultons 14   Paultons 16   Langley Manor 20
7 Fawley 13   Fawley 16   Hythe & Dibden 19
8 Mudeford 13   Langley Manor 16   Paultons 17
9 Redlynch & Hale 13   Mudeford 12   Fawley 17
10 Langley Manor 12   Bramshaw 12   Sway 16
11 Bramshaw 12   Cadnam 12   Ellingham 14
12 Cadnam 12   Ellingham 12   Bramshaw 13
13 Ellingham 10   Hythe & Dibden 12   Redlynch & Hale 13
14 Hythe & Dibden 9   Redlynch & Hale 10   Mudeford 12
15 Pylewell 8   Wellow 9   Cadnam 11
16 Ringwood 6   Bransgore 8   Bransgore 10
17 Wellow 5   Sway 8   Pylewell 8
18 Bransgore 5   Pylewell 7   Burley 7
19 Burley 5   Burley 6   Brockenhurst 7
20 Alderholt 5   Woodgreen 5   Woodgreen 6
21 Brockenhurst 4   Ringwood 4   Christchurch 6
22 Hordle 4   Alderholt 4   Lyndhurst & A 6
23 Nomansland 4   Brockenhurst 4   Braemore 4
24 Braemore 4   Hordle 4   Damerham 4
25 Sway 3   Nomansland 4   Godshill 4
26 Milford 3   Milford 4   Ringwood 3
27 Exbury 3   Braemore 3   Milford 3
28 Woodgreen 3   Godshill 3   E. Christchurch 3
29 Godshill 3   E. Christchurch 2   Beaulieu 3
30 E. Christchurch 2   Exbury 2   Hordle 2
31 Camelot 2   Damerham 2   Camelot 2
32 Damerham 1   Camelot 2   Wellow 0
33 Beaulieu 1   Christchurch 1   Alderholt 0
34       Beaulieu 1   Nomansland 0
35             Exbury 0

As can be seen, Sway have made excellent progress going from 25th position in 2007 and are now in the top 10.

One stat which may or may not be significant is that every one of the top 17 clubs in the table has well-established colts section - but only a few of the rest have colts teams.

So which other clubs have enjoyed the biggest rises and falls in their points totals?

Sway 13
Hythe & Dibden 10
Langley Manor 8
Bashley 7
Christchurch 6
Lyndhurst & A 6
New Milton 5
Bransgore 5
Calmore 4
Fawley 4
Ellingham 4
Lymington 3
Brockenhurst 3
Woodgreen 3
Damerham 3
Paultons 2
Burley 2
Beaulieu 2
Bramshaw 1
Godshill 1
E. Christchurch 1
Totton 0
Redlynch & Hale 0
Pylewell 0
Braemore 0
Milford 0
Camelot 0
Mudeford -1
Cadnam -1
Hordle -2
Ringwood -3
Exbury -3
Wellow -5
Alderholt -5
Nomansland n/a

So on this basis, Sway are the most improved club in the area over the last decade - but of course Sway had a relatively lowly starting point. Hythe & Dibden have also made fantastic progress as have Langley Manor. Christchurch are Lyndhurst & Ashurst are the only "new clubs" that were not in existence in 2007 - and both have done very in establishing themselves.

Amongst the clubs seemingly going in the wrong directly, sadly we lost Wellow & P a few years ago and this season we have lost both Exbury and Alderholt.

Finally, just to settle any arguments about who is the biggest club, the following is the "big club" table that gives additional points depending on which division within the 4 SPL divisions that a club is playing in:

1 Bashley 33
2 New Milton 27
3 Lymington 25
4 Totton 23
5 Calmore  22
6 Langley Manor 21
7 Paultons 17
8 Fawley 17