Lambourn Sports - North Berks Division 1 (Step 8)
Sports spent a good few years in the Hellenic structure but have spent the majority of the last 20 years in the North Berks League, currently in Division 1.They have won the title 4 times in total, all coming since 2006. Since their last title, in 2015, things haven't been quite as good with just one top half finish in the four completed season. Their extra experience probably makes them favourites in what promises to be a very tightly contested group.
Ashton Keynes - Swindon & District Premier (Step 8)
Ashton Keynes moved to the SDFL from the Cirencester League in 2017. They finished fourth in their first season but then trailed off a little in their second. However, last season before the early shutdown, they were sitting second in the league and only being kept off top spot by means of Globe FC's superior goal difference, having only lost once in eight (a 4-0 defeat at Globe). Goals were not a problem, especially at home where they had managed to smash in 15 over 3 games.
Stanford in the Vale - North Berks Division 2 (Step 9)
Stanford's existence in the North Berks League structure is the definition of 'up and down'. In 30 years they have managed 6 relegations and 6 promotions, playing in all four divisions over this period. They currently reside in Division 2 after dropping down from the top flight at the end of a disastrous 2017-18 campaign where they only managed 4 points all season.
Did you know? Poet Pam Ayres was born in Stanford. I always thought she was from Norfolk for some reason.
Cricklade Town 'A' - Swindon & District Division 1 (Step 9)
Our final team of the 32 is Cricklade's on A team. They played in the SDFL Division 1 last season, effectively filling the spot left by the Reserves when they moved in the Hellenic League. It was an up and down season for them. They managed to complete 11 games, winning 4 and losing 7. There were certainly plenty of goals in their games, 64 in total, almost six a game. Only one of five games was won at home, so maybe they are a better team on the road?
If you haven't already followed Cricklade Town (@cricklade_fc) on Twitter please do so. Let's increase their following, increase the interest in this competition, and spread the word.
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