How the Brighton, Worthing & District Football League resolved their season

The developing worldwide pandemic brought a sudden end to the 2019-20 season for the Brighton, Worthing & District Football League.

The final matches were played on Saturday March 14, with just 24 league games remaining and 79% of the programme completed, with Division 2 side The Lectern Lights Reserves having finished.

The League had to decide whether to expunge all the results, as many leagues were to do, or complete the tables with a points per game calculation on the average points gained in the games played.

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After a period of deliberation, the latter course was adopted, with Northbrook thereby retaining the Division 1 title and Lancing United Reserves winning Division 2.

Northbrook had reached the semi-finals of the Sussex Junior Cup for the first time, and their player Connor Pomeroy netted 40 goals in just 18 appearances.

Clubs agreed that the League’s four cup competitions be completed as a starter for next season should circumstances permit, although there were finalists through for only one,

the John Whittington Cup, being Ovingdean and Hangleton.

The 22 teams of season 2018-19 had been reduced by the disbanding of four sides and the departure of a fifth as well as the merger of The Lectern and Brighton Lights, and when The Railway withdrew after playing once and scratching twice from Division 1, there remained just six teams in that division, playing one another three times, and nine in Division 2.

A period of bad weather ahead of the cessation of play led to a total of 45 postponements, with eight of these suffered by Goring St Theresa’s. There were only four scratched games compared to 15 and 17 in the previous two seasons and just two double-figure goal tallies, both in cup ties on the part of Northbrook and Lancing United.

Final positions as determined by a points per game calculation based on the average points earned in the games played

Division 1

2•50 Northbrook

2•15 Ovingdean

1•54 The Lectern Lights

1•09 Diversity United

0•80 Lancing United

0•36 Brighton Bbob

Division 2

2•62 Lancing United Res

2•08 Worthing Town Res

1•92 Hangleton

1•54 The View

1•31 Afc Broadwater

1•18 Goring St Theresa’s

1•00 Clarendon Athletic

0•81 The Lectern Lights Res

0•62 St Mary’s


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