Are We Really A Second Half Team?

Football fans at all levels love to think their side is a ‘second half team’ – it gives you hope if you’re losing at half time, and confidence you’ll see the game out if you’re winning. But what’s the truth of the matter in the Ryman Premier so far this season? I’ve compiled all the half time scores so far this season (if there’s a mistake, it’s your club’s press officer’s fault, as they’re taken from PA) and crunched the numbers. This is something I’ll be revisiting throughout the season, and should prove more revealing the more games are played, but here’s the picture so far:

1. The Half-Time League Table. In other words, if all the games so far this season had finished at half time, would would the league table look like? There’s some obvious surprises in there:
– Cray would be third;
– Runaway leaders Hampton would only be fourth (though still unbeaten). In fact, the only two goals the Beavers have conceded have been first half strikes…so you’d better start well against them, or you’ve got no chance;
– Thurrock would be in midtable, and Wingate bottom of the league instead.

Pos Team P W D L F A P W D L F A P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Kingstonian 4 2 1 1 6 5 5 3 1 1 7 4 9 5 2 2 13 9 17 4
2 Wealdstone 6 4 2 0 8 4 3 0 2 1 0 1 9 4 4 1 8 5 16 3
3 Cray 3 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 1 0 7 2 7 4 2 1 8 3 14 5
4 Hampton 5 3 2 0 5 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 8 3 5 0 5 2 14 3
5 Whitehawk 4 2 2 0 4 2 5 1 3 1 4 4 9 3 5 1 8 6 14 2
6 Bognor 4 0 4 0 0 0 5 2 3 0 5 2 9 2 7 0 5 2 13 3
7 Bury Town 4 1 2 1 1 1 3 2 1 0 4 1 7 3 3 1 5 2 12 3
8 Harrow 3 1 2 0 3 0 5 2 1 2 3 4 8 3 3 2 6 4 12 2
9 Margate 5 2 2 1 3 1 3 1 1 1 3 2 8 3 3 2 6 3 12 3
10 Canvey 5 1 4 0 4 2 4 1 1 2 1 2 9 2 5 2 5 4 11 1
11 Lowestoft 4 2 1 1 5 2 3 1 1 1 2 2 7 3 2 2 7 4 11 3
12 Enfield T 5 2 1 2 3 5 3 0 2 1 3 5 8 2 3 3 6 10 9 -4
13 Hendon 4 2 1 1 4 3 3 0 2 1 0 1 7 2 3 2 4 4 9 0
14 Concord 3 1 0 2 2 4 5 1 2 2 1 3 8 2 2 4 3 7 8 -4
15 ETU 3 1 0 2 1 2 5 1 2 2 2 2 8 2 2 4 3 4 8 -1
16 Leiston 4 2 2 0 4 2 4 0 0 4 1 7 8 2 2 4 5 9 8 -4
17 Thurrock 3 2 0 1 2 2 4 0 2 2 2 6 7 2 2 3 4 8 8 -4
18 Hastings 3 1 2 0 2 1 4 0 2 2 1 3 7 1 4 2 3 4 7 -1
19 Carshalton 5 0 3 2 2 5 3 0 3 0 0 0 8 0 6 2 2 5 6 -3
20 Met Police 3 0 1 2 2 5 4 1 2 1 1 1 7 1 3 3 3 6 6 -3
21 Lewes 3 0 2 1 2 3 6 0 3 3 4 7 9 0 5 4 6 10 5 -4
22 Wingate 5 0 4 1 0 1 4 0 1 3 2 5 9 0 5 4 2 6 5 -4

2. Second Half Teams: This shows how many points your club has won or lost after half time. Do your players fight to the last whistle or have they been tending to bottle it? For a more detailed view, click on the button in the bottom-right corner to enter fullscreen view. It’s notable that the promotion favourites tend to get stronger as the game goes on: none of the top 8 have lost points after half time, and six of those 8 have gained points. The situation is reversed for the less fancied teams.

3. Should I Stay In The Bar? This shows the aggregate first half goals by home ground, helping fans of all Isthmian teams to decide whether to have that extra pint before kick-off. You’d be well advised to stay in the sanctuary of the bar at Bognor, where there hasn’t been a single first half goal yet this season, and Wingate fans may as well turn up at half-time as their team hasn’t netted in the first period at home. On the other hand, us Kingstonian fans need to make sure we’re through the turnstiles on time, otherwise we’re likely to miss a goal. Again, click on the bottom-right to zoom in on the detail.

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