They Think It's All Over... It Is Now
So that's it then, most of the Non League Football season has come to an abrupt end due to the Covid-19 pandemic, writes Matt Richbell. The FA announced on Thursday 26th March 2020 that the season was over for most Non-League clubs and that the season 2019-20 will be expunged from the record books.
Salisbury finished in seventh place, five points outside the play-off berths, so Steve Claridge will prepare again for another promotion push in the 2020-21 campaign. Gosport Borough were just one place behind the Whites, whilst Poole Town were one place behind but Gosport, but Tommy Killick's side had only played 27 games, and had multiple games in hand to provide them with an opportunity to break into the play-offs. Farnborough finished up in 12th place, whilst Wimborne Town were in 15th and Hartley Wintney in 16th. Blackfield and Langley saw their first campaign in the Southern Premier Division end up with the Watersiders in 18th place, six points ahead of the bottom two.
Craig Davis' Winchester City side ended up in fourth place. The Citizens would have had an away trip to Larkhall Athletic in the play-offs, but alas the clubs' highest ever league finish will not go on record. Craig Davis has overseen a very clear rise in City's fortunes since he took over from Ian Saunders. Davo's first season in charge saw City finish in 11th, then 6th and this season would have been 4th as things stood. Craig and his Assistant, Sean Birchnall, are remaining at the club next season and are eager to go one step further with the Hampshire side.
Jamie Barron finished up top scorer for City with 16 goals, followed by Oli Bailey with 15 and Simba Mlambo with 14. (All pictured, thanks to Gary Marsh)
Thatcham Town would have finished top of the league, whilst Sholing had risen to tenth in the league. AFC Totton were towards the bottom of the league, and finished in 16th place, whilst Basingstoke Town finished second bottom despite getting a one point deduction.