2017–18 North West Counties Football League

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The 2017–18 North West Counties Football League season (known as the Hallmark Security League for sponsorship reasons[1]) was the 36th in the history of the North West Counties Football League, a football competition in England. It was also the last season to have a single Division One. Teams were divided into two divisions: Premier Division and Division One.

The constitution for Step 5 and Step 6 divisions for 2017–18 was announced by the FA on 26 May 2017,[2] and ratified by the league at its AGM on 17 June.[3]

Premier Division[edit]

North West Counties
Football League
Premier Division
Season2017–18
ChampionsRuncorn Linnets
PromotedRuncorn Linnets
Widnes
RelegatedAFC Liverpool
Maine Road
Barnton
AFC Darwen

At the end of season 2016–17, the following four teams left the division:

The remaining 18 teams, together with the following, formed the Premier Division for season 2017–18:

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Runcorn Linnets (C, P) 44 31 7 6 122 36 +86 100 Promoted to Northern Premier League West Division
2 Widnes (P) 44 30 6 8 102 52 +50 96 Promoted to Northern Premier League West Division[a]
3 Runcorn Town 44 29 6 9 107 65 +42 93
4 City of Liverpool 44 25 9 10 115 58 +57 84
5 Bootle 44 25 8 11 122 61 +61 83
6 Charnock Richard 44 24 7 13 103 72 +31 79
7 1874 Northwich 44 24 7 13 85 56 +29 79
8 Hanley Town 44 23 7 14 94 59 +35 76
9 Barnoldswick Town 44 22 5 17 102 78 +24 71
10 West Didsbury & Chorlton 44 21 4 19 99 120 −21 67
11 Squires Gate 44 19 7 18 79 94 −15 64
12 Ashton Athletic 44 19 5 20 86 69 +17 62
13 Irlam 44 18 5 21 66 80 −14 59
14 Winsford United 44 16 10 18 77 87 −10 58
15 Congleton Town 44 16 8 20 83 85 −2 56
16 Northwich Victoria 44 17 5 22 77 93 −16 56
17 Padiham 44 16 5 23 85 96 −11 53
18 Burscough 44 15 5 24 82 103 −21 50
19 Abbey Hey 44 13 6 25 65 84 −19 45
20 AFC Liverpool (R) 44 12 6 26 77 94 −17 42 Relegated to Division One North
21 Maine Road (R) 44 11 4 29 59 117 −58 37 Relegated to Division One South
22 Barnton (R) 44 4 7 33 61 171 −110 19
23 AFC Darwen (R) 44 3 7 34 42 160 −118 16 Relegated to Division One North
Updated to match(es) played on 12 May 2018. Source: NWCFL Tables
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Number of matches won; 5) Head-to-head results [5]
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ 12 of the 14 runners-up at Step 5 were to have been promoted to Step 4[4].
    However, with resignations and mergers in leagues above, all fourteen runners-up were promoted.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away 18N ABH DAR LVP ASH BWT BNT BTL BUR CHR COL CNG HAN IRL MNR NWV PAD RNL RNT SQG WDC WID WIN
1874 N 1–1 5–0 4–1 1–2 3–0 3–3 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–2 5–0 2–1 2–0 2–4 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 1–0
Abbey H 4–2 1–1 3–3 0–2 0–2 7–1 0–1 4–2 1–2 0–0 2–3 2–3 1–2 0–4 1–2 3–0 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–2 0–3 1–2
AFC Darwen 0–3 1–3 2–0 0–4 0–4 1–3 4–4 0–0 1–4 0–6 3–3 2–5 0–4 1–3 0–5 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 3–3 2–3 0–0
AFC Livpl 3–0 3–1 4–2 1–3 3–4 5–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–5 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 2–4 1–3 1–2 1–2 0–0 3–2 2–4 4–0
Ashton Ath 0–2 3–0 6–0 1–0 3–2 3–3 0–1 2–4 5–0 1–2 4–2 0–5 0–2 0–1 5–1 2–0 0–3 3–1 0–2 7–1 0–1 0–2
Barlick 4–0 3–1 0–1 3–2 1–3 5–0 1–2 5–2 0–4 1–3 4–2 1–3 3–0 2–4 1–1 5–1 1–4 0–1 5–0 4–1 6–1 3–2
Barnton 2–3 0–4 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–3 1–9 1–2 3–5 0–8 1–1 1–5 1–3 3–3 0–4 2–3 1–3 1–4 0–7 2–4 2–2 0–4
Bootle 0–1 2–0 10–0 3–3 4–3 2–3 5–0 1–2 0–0 0–4 5–1 3–4 3–3 4–1 5–0 4–1 0–0 3–3 1–0 3–3 5–2 3–0
Burscough 0–1 3–2 1–0 2–3 1–4 4–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 1–4 2–1 2–1 1–5 0–1 2–5 3–2 4–5 0–1 1–6
Char Rchd 4–2 0–1 9–1 2–2 1–0 3–4 4–1 3–1 5–2 1–4 2–0 3–0 1–0 4–1 3–2 4–1 0–2 1–1 5–2 1–2 1–4 1–1
C of Liv 2–0 2–0 8–0 1–1 2–1 4–4 4–2 0–2 3–2 2–0 2–4 3–0 5–0 4–0 2–1 4–3 1–5 0–0 0–1 6–1 1–4 3–1
Cong T 1–4 3–1 6–2 3–3 0–2 1–1 5–1 3–4 4–2 1–1 1–2 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–1 4–1
Hanley T 1–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 5–1 2–1 2–0 1–3 2–0 0–2 5–0 3–0 3–0 3–2 1–1 1–2 4–0 6–2 1–1 1–1
Irlam 0–3 1–2 3–5 0–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 0–3 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 0–2 0–4 1–0 2–3 4–0 3–0 1–3 1–5
Maine Road 2–3 1–3 3–2 0–1 0–3 0–3 3–1 0–4 2–3 1–3 0–5 2–1 2–8 2–0 2–1 1–3 0–5 2–5 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–1
Nwich Vic 0–2 0–2 5–0 3–1 0–2 3–1 5–2 2–3 1–1 0–2 3–2 3–2 3–2 1–4 1–0 1–2 3–0 1–3 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–4
Padiham 0–3 1–2 5–1 5–4 0–0 1–2 5–3 0–2 3–2 2–1 2–0 3–4 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–4 1–1 4–0 4–2 6–1 3–3 1–2
Runc Lin 2–1 2–2 5–1 5–2 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 6–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 4–2 6–1 0–1 5–0 7–0 0–2 5–0
Runc T 2–1 1–0 10–3 1–0 3–1 3–2 5–0 2–0 3–2 0–2 2–2 5–2 1–0 2–0 4–3 6–1 4–0 0–5 1–2 3–2 1–2 1–2
Sq Gate 0–3 3–2 4–0 5–4 3–1 1–3 6–4 0–5 0–6 3–1 3–2 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 5–0 2–2 0–5 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–2
WDC 2–1 2–2 4–1 1–2 4–2 0–2 1–4 0–4 4–3 5–3 4–3 2–1 3–3 3–5 4–3 1–2 3–1 4–0 2–4 4–2 3–1 3–2
Widnes 2–2 0–1 4–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 7–1 3–2 3–0 0–3 0–1 2–1 3–0 3–1 5–1 4–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 4–0 3–1
Wins U 1–1 1–2 2–0 4–3 3–3 1–0 1–1 0–4 1–5 3–3 2–2 2–1 0–2 1–3 5–1 2–3 2–1 0–4 2–4 2–2 1–3 2–1
Updated to match(es) played on 12 May 2018. Source: results and fixtures
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Widnes Select Security Stadium
(groundshare with Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club)
13,350
AFC Darwen The Anchor Ground 4,000
AFC Liverpool Marine Travel Arena, Crosby (groundshare with Marine) 3,185
Burscough Victoria Park 3,054
1874 Northwich * Barton Stadium (groundshare with Winsford United) 3,000
Winsford United Barton Stadium 3,000
Bootle Delta Taxis Stadium 2,500
City of Liverpool Delta Taxis Stadium (groundshare with Bootle) 2,500
Maine Road Brantingham Road, Chorlton 2,000
Padiham Arbories Memorial Sports Ground 1,688
Runcorn Linnets Millbank Linnets Stadium 1,600
Runcorn Town Pavillions Sports Complex 1,530
Congleton Town Richborough Estates Stadium 1,450
Abbey Hey The Abbey Stadium, Gorton 1,000
Ashton Athletic Brockstedes Park 1,000
Irlam Silver Street 1,000
Squires Gate School Road 1,000
West Didsbury & Chorlton Brookburn Road, Chorlton 1,000
Hanley Town Abbey Lane 750
Barnoldswick Town Silentnight Beds Stadium
Barnton Townfield
Charnock Richard Mossie Park
Northwich Victoria Townfield (groundshare with Barnton)

Division One[edit]

North West Counties
Football League
Division One
Season2017–18
ChampionsSilsden
PromotedSilsden
Litherland REMYCA
Whitchurch Alport

At the end of season 2016–17, the following four teams left the division:

The remaining 18 teams, together with the following, formed Division One for the 2017–18 season:

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
1 Silsden (C, P) 42 33 4 5 110 38 +72 103 Promoted to the Premier Division
2 Litherland REMYCA (P) 42 31 6 5 117 39 +78 99
3 Prestwich Heys 42 29 4 9 124 50 +74 91 Qualified for the play-offs, then allocated to Division One North
4 Whitchurch Alport (O, P) 42 28 4 10 91 38 +53 88 Qualified for the play-offs, then promoted to the Premier Division[a]
5 Sandbach United 42 27 3 12 90 57 +33 84 Qualified for the play-offs, then allocated to Division One South
6 Cammell Laird 1907 42 22 6 14 84 58 +26 72
7 AFC Blackpool 42 21 5 16 92 78 +14 68 Allocated to Division One North
8 Alsager Town 42 19 10 13 84 71 +13 67 Allocated to Division One South
9 Holker Old Boys 42 19 8 15 72 89 −17 65 Allocated to Division One North
10 Stockport Town 42 15 8 19 81 87 −6 53 Allocated to Division One South
11 Carlisle City 42 16 5 21 71 80 −9 53 Allocated to Division One North
12 Cheadle Town 42 14 11 17 72 83 −11 53 Allocated to Division One South
13 Abbey Hulton United 42 14 8 20 56 66 −10 50
14 New Mills 42 14 7 21 68 95 −27 49
15 Eccleshall 42 13 8 21 66 105 −39 47
16 Chadderton 42 12 10 20 83 93 −10 46 Allocated to Division One North
17 Bacup Borough 42 14 4 24 65 95 −30 46[b]
18 Atherton Laburnum Rovers 42 13 5 24 61 81 −20 44
19 FC Oswestry Town 42 11 7 24 60 101 −41 40 Allocated to Division One South
20 St Helens Town 42 8 8 26 55 98 −43 32 Allocated to Division One North
21 Nelson 42 7 10 25 50 91 −41 31
22 Daisy Hill 42 8 7 27 49 108 −59 31
Updated to match(es) played on 17 May 2018. Source: NWCFL Tables
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Number of matches won; 5) Head-to-head results [5]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams played for one spot and promotion to the Premier Division.
  2. ^ Bacup Borough were awarded a 3–0 win against FC Oswestry Town, due to Oswestry failing to fulfill fixture on 5 May.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ABH BLP ALS ALR BAC CAM CAR CHD CHE DSH ECC OSW HOB LIT NEL NWM PRH SAN SIL STH STK WHI
Ab Hul U 4–2 2–4 1–1 4–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–3 3–0 0–3 1–3 0–1 3–2 0–3 1–3 1–2 3–1 3–3 0–1
AFC Blckpl 3–1 5–1 1–6 1–2 3–2 1–3 1–3 4–2 3–2 5–0 9–2 1–2 0–1 4–2 1–0 3–2 1–1 1–3 1–2 2–1 1–4
Alsager T 2–0 4–1 1–0 3–0 3–2 0–1 2–2 1–4 1–2 2–1 2–1 5–2 0–1 2–1 2–3 2–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–3
Atherton LR 2–1 4–3 1–2 1–3 2–1 1–4 2–3 1–2 1–3 3–4 0–1 0–2 0–3 3–2 2–5 1–3 1–4 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–3
Bacup B 2–0 1–2 2–5 1–2 0–1 4–1 4–3 1–5 1–1 3–0 3–0 * 2–5 0–3 0–3 2–1 2–0 0–3 1–6 2–3 5–2 2–1
Camm L 1907 2–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 1–2 5–0 5–1 3–2 5–1 1–4 2–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 4–1 4–0 2–1 2–2
Carlisle C 1–2 2–3 2–3 0–1 1–1 2–3 0–4 2–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–1 2–1 5–0 1–2 0–3 0–1 0–1 3–0 1–4 3–1
Chadderton 2–1 1–3 3–3 1–3 5–4 0–1 5–0 2–0 4–3 1–2 0–1 2–2 4–4 4–2 1–1 2–3 1–2 0–2 4–0 2–4 1–3
Cheadle T 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 4–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 3–3 1–2 1–1 0–5 0–2 0–2 2–4 3–4 2–2 0–0 1–2 1–4
Daisy H 1–2 1–3 1–7 1–0 1–1 3–4 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–6 1–2 0–3 3–4 0–2 0–2
Eccleshall 0–0 2–2 0–4 1–1 3–2 4–2 2–1 2–2 3–4 1–3 3–0 2–4 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–5 2–1 0–5 3–2 4–1 0–2
FC Oswestry T 2–2 1–3 1–2 0–2 2–0 3–2 3–3 1–4 2–3 5–0 4–0 4–0 1–4 2–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–3 1–5 0–1
Holker OB 2–3 0–3 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–3 2–1 0–2 2–2 1–0 3–5 6–1 3–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 4–3
Lith REMYCA 2–0 2–3 2–2 3–3 3–1 2–1 3–0 3–3 2–0 4–0 6–0 4–3 6–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 3–2 3–0 1–0 4–0 1–0
Nelson 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–3 0–1 1–2 0–4 0–0 1–2 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–6 1–2 0–4 2–4 1–2 1–2 0–4 2–3
New Mills 0–1 4–1 0–3 1–4 0–3 2–2 2–3 2–2 2–3 1–5 3–1 0–4 7–2 0–2 2–2 2–1 1–5 2–4 2–0 4–2 4–1
Prestwich H 2–2 0–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 7–2 4–2 3–1 8–0 3–0 5–2 5–0 1–1 4–1 4–0 2–1 0–4 4–0 8–1 0–1
Sandbach U 1–2 1–4 2–2 4–2 7–1 1–0 2–1 4–2 1–3 4–0 2–1 4–0 0–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 0–6 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–1
Silsden 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 3–2 6–0 5–2 5–1 6–0 5–1 5–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 2–2 1–0 5–2 2–0 1–2
St Helens T 0–0 * 2–3 3–3 3–0 1–2 1–1 2–3 3–1 2–3 1–3 1–2 2–3 1–3 1–4 2–2 0–2 0–2 3–2 1–4 3–3 1–5
Stockport T 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 4–2 2–2 2–1 3–2 7–0 1–3 2–6 2–4 6–1 2–1 3–2 1–3 1–1 0–1
Whitchurch A 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 5–1 0–2 5–1 5–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 5–1 3–0
Updated to match(es) played on 12 May 2018. Source: results and fixtures
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.


Playoffs[edit]

Source for this subsection: NWC website

Semifinals Final
      
3 Prestwich Heys 1
6 Cammell Laird 1907 4
6 Cammell Laird 1907 1
4 Whitchurch Alport 2
4 Whitchurch Alport 1
5 Sandbach United 0

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Carlisle City Gillford Park Stadium 4,000
Atherton Laburnum Rovers Crilly Park 3,000
Bacup Borough West View 3,000
Holker Old Boys Rakesmoor Lane Barrow-in-Furness 2,500
Stockport Town Stockport Sports Village 2,384
FC Oswestry Town Park Hall Stadium 2,034
Cammell Laird 1907 North West Construction Stadium, Birkenhead 2,000
Cheadle Town Park Road Stadium 2,000
Daisy Hill New Sirs Westhoughton 2,000
Eccleshall Pershall Park 2,000
Nelson Victoria Park 2,000
AFC Blackpool The Mechanics 1,500
Alsager Town Wood Park Stadium 1,500
Chadderton MCA Stadium 1,500
Silsden Keighley Road Stadium 1,500
New Mills Church Lane 1,400
Abbey Hulton United Birches Head Road
Litherland REMYCA Litherland Sports Park
Prestwich Heys Aide Moran Park
Sandbach United Sandbach Community Football Centre
St Helens Town Ruskin Drive Sportsground
Whitchurch Alport Yockings Park

League Challenge Cup[edit]

Also called the Macron Challenge Cup for sponsorship reasons.[8] Source for this section: NWCFL web site

First Round[edit]

All remaining teams received byes to the second round.

Second Round[edit]

Third Round[edit]

Quarter Finals[edit]

Semi Finals[edit]

First Leg[edit]

Second Leg[edit]

Final[edit]

Played at Highbury Stadium, home of Fleetwood Town.