Are We A Second Half Team?

After ten games, when I last complied this table, it was perhaps too early to tell – although that didn’t stop me putting the graph together anyway. But after 20 games (as many as 23 for some), the evidence is starting to build: is your team a ‘second half side’? As a fan, can you look forward to rip-roaring comebacks, or is your team more likely to grab defeat from the jaws of victory? The table below shows how many points each team has won or lost after half-time so far this season: (Please click on the ‘fullscreen’ icon in the bottom right-hand corner for a better look)

So the picture is not quite as obvious as it seems from the half-time league table alone, which is in part down to the disparity in games played – Lewes and Carshalton have played 23, and Met Police, Thurrock and Lowestoft only 17, for instance. What is certain, however, is that Whitehawk owe much of their success so far this season to their second half performances, having gained a remarkable 12 points after the break. Margate have also tended to finish games strongly. Perhaps it’s not surprise that they’re the top two in the ‘real’ table…

PS The eagle-eyed will notice the numbers don’t balance: there’s a lot more points won than lost after half-time. That’s simply because so many games are tied at the break, and therefore it’s common for one team to gain two points – and for their opponents to only lose one point – during a second half.

The Half-Time Table, halfway

It’s time to revisit the Half-Time League Table, now that we’re about halfway through the season. Just like last time, I’ve again compiled all the half-time scores in Ryman Premier League games and created a league table based on the scoreline at that point. So, without further ado, feast your eyes on the Halfway Half-Time League Table below. There are some things which leap out straight away:

  • Kingstonian stay top of the league! However, that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re a “first half team”…
  • And at the other end of the table, Wingate & Finchley remain bottom. Will both K’s and Wingate end the season at either end of the table?
  • Top of the ‘real’ table Whitehawk only manage a play-off place, having conceded a pretty generous 15 first half goals – although they are the top scorers with 21 strikes before the half-time whistle.
  • Just like after ten games, Cray are much higher in this half-time table than in the real one, largely because they fly out of the blocks away from home. Take note if you’re hosting Cray any time soon, Ryman League managers…
  • The hardest team to get off to a flyer against? Bognor, who’ve been trailing just twice at the break so far this season, having conceded a miserly 7 goals in 20 first periods. Impressive.
  • Out of the remaining promotion contenders, it’s worth mentioning just how bad Wealdstone have been away from home in the first half, with only two goals scored in 8 games. The Stones will need to start faster on the road if they want promotion this season.
  • Other teams struggling away from home comforts are Hendon, Hastings and Thurrock, none of whom have managed to lead an away game at half time so far. In Hendon’s case, they haven’t even managed to score a goal. Thurrock have led after the first 45 in a remarkable 7 of their 9 home games, but in not a single one of their 8 away games.
  • But the most Jekyll and Hyde record of all belongs to Concord: there have been 26 goals scored in their home first halves, but a mere 8 in their away games. Do they go all-out attack at home and park the bus away? And if so, why? Bizarre.
Pos Team P W D L F A P W D L F A P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Kingstonian 10 5 4 1 11 6 9 4 2 3 9 10 19 9 6 4 20 16 33 4
2 Hampton 9 4 3 2 8 6 11 4 5 2 8 4 20 8 8 4 16 10 32 6
3 Cray 10 2 4 4 3 7 11 6 3 2 11 8 21 8 7 6 14 15 31 -1
4 Whitehawk 10 4 5 1 13 7 11 3 5 3 8 8 21 7 10 4 21 15 31 6
5 Bognor 11 3 7 1 5 3 9 3 5 1 7 4 20 6 12 2 12 7 30 5
6 Canvey 10 3 5 2 10 7 10 4 3 3 6 6 20 7 8 5 16 13 29 3
7 Wealdstone 11 6 3 2 12 8 8 1 4 3 2 3 19 7 7 5 14 11 28 3
8 Concord 11 5 2 4 13 13 9 2 5 2 4 4 20 7 7 6 17 17 28 0
9 Lewes 12 4 6 2 8 6 11 2 4 5 9 11 23 6 10 7 17 17 28 0
10 Harrow 11 3 6 2 9 5 10 2 6 2 3 4 21 5 12 4 12 9 27 3
11 Bury Town 9 3 3 3 4 6 10 4 2 4 6 5 19 7 5 7 10 11 26 -1
12 Margate 10 3 4 3 4 3 10 3 4 3 8 7 20 6 8 6 12 10 26 2
13 Lowestoft 8 4 1 3 9 4 9 3 4 2 6 5 17 7 5 5 15 9 26 6
14 ETU 10 4 2 4 6 5 9 3 3 3 5 4 19 7 5 7 11 9 26 2
15 Thurrock 9 7 1 1 11 2 8 0 4 4 3 9 17 7 5 5 14 11 26 3
16 Leiston 11 3 6 2 6 5 10 2 2 6 5 12 21 5 8 8 11 17 23 -6
17 Enfield T 10 4 3 3 7 8 11 1 4 6 7 16 21 5 7 9 14 24 22 -10
18 Hastings 9 4 5 0 8 4 9 0 5 4 2 8 18 4 10 4 10 12 22 -2
19 Hendon 9 3 4 2 8 6 11 0 7 4 0 5 20 3 11 6 8 11 20 -3
20 Met Police 7 1 3 3 5 6 10 2 6 2 1 1 17 3 9 5 6 7 18 -1
21 Carshalton 11 0 7 4 4 9 12 2 4 6 7 13 23 2 11 10 11 22 17 -11
22 Wingate 11 0 8 3 1 4 11 1 5 5 6 11 22 1 13 8 7 15 16 -8

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.