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Goals Win Games

You’ve read the heading, and thought, well that’s obvious but here is a review on the affect the number of goals scored/conceded and the importance of having a prolific goalscorer.

 

Firstly, how do goals scored equate to League position, as you’ll see if you can score on a regular basis then you’ll have more chance of being at the right end of the table. The grid below shows the Premier Division Teams listed in goals scored order with their League position and number of games in which they didn’t score.

 

Team

Goals Scored

League Position

Scoreless Games

Worthing

100

1st (promoted)

2

Enfield Town

91

3rd

4

Bishops Stortford

89

2nd

8

Hornchurch

89

4th

5

Lewes

89

7th

5

Folkestone Invicta

85

6th

9

Cheshunt

71

5th (P/O Winners)

6

Kingstonian

68

10th

8

Horsham

66

11th

11

Carshalton Athletic

65

12th

10

Cray Wanderers

64

19th

13

Bognor Regis Town

62

9th

10

Margate

60

8th

13

Wingate & Finchley

60

15th

10

Haringey Borough

57

17th

16

Bowers & Pitsea

54

16th

12

Potters Bar Town

54

13th

14

Corinthian-Casuals

51

14th

12

Brightlingsea Regent

44

18th

12

East Thurrock United

44

21st (relegated)

12

Leatherhead

43

20th (relegated)

20

Merstham

43

22nd (relegated)

16

TOTAL

1449

   

 

The only two teams who finished in the top ten but aren’t in the top ten goalscorers are Margate and Bognor Regis Town, whilst on the other side of the coin, Cray Wanderers are the only side who finished in the bottom ten but were higher in the goals scored tally.

 

Moving onto each club’s leading goalscorer, the below grid shows each team, with the goals they scored, their leading goalscorer and the percentage of goals he scored, which shows how important it is to have someone who scores regularly, you’ll see David Smith comes in a commendable 4th.

 

Team

Goals Scored

Leading Goalscorer

Goals Scored

%age of Team Total

Enfield Town

91

Mo Faal

34

37.36%

Lewes

89

Joe Taylor

32

35.96%

Worthing

100

Ollie Pearce

35

35.00%

Folkestone Invicta

85

David Smith

29

34.12%

Bowers & Pitsea

54

Lewis Manor

17

31.49%

Margate

60

Ben Greenhalgh

18

30.00%

Brightlingsea Regent

44

Aaron Blair

13

29.55%

Carshalton Athletic

65

Danny Bassett

17

26.15%

Hornchurch

89

Liam Nash

21

23.60%

Bishops Stortford

89

Frankie Merrifield

19

21.35%

Cheshunt

71

Rowan Liburd

15

21.13%

Potters Bar Town

54

Samson Esan

11

20.37%

Horsham

66

Shamir Fenelon

13

19.70%

Kingstonian

68

Daniel Ajakaiye

13

19.12%

Cray Wanderers

64

Anthony Cook

12

18.75%

Wingate & Finchley

60

Dylan Kearney

11

18.33%

East Thurrock United

44

Johnny Ashman

8

18.18%

Bognor Regis Town

62

Nathan Odokonyero

11

17.74%

Corinthian-Casuals

51

Kieron Cadogan

9

17.65%

Leatherhead

43

Alexander Sami

7

16.27%

Merstham

43

John Ufuah

6

13.95%

Haringey Borough

57

David Olufemi

7

12.28%

 

So, that is one end of the field covered, what about the other and goals conceded. The grid below shows the Premier Division teams listed in goals conceded order with their League position and the number of clean sheets they kept.

 

Team

Goals Conceded

League Position

Clean Sheets

Bishops Stortford

33

2nd

21

Cheshunt

40

5th (P/O Winners)

14

Hornchurch

42

4th

15

Worthing

45

1st (promoted)

17

Carshalton Athletic

57

12th

10

Enfield Town

57

3rd

15

Bognor Regis Town

58

9th

11

Corinthian-Casuals

58

14th

10

Horsham

58

11th

10

Folkestone Invicta

62

6th

13

Margate

62

8th

10

Lewes

63

7th

11

Kingstonian

71

10th

8

Bowers & Pitsea

72

16th

8

Potters Bar Town

74

13th

10

Wingate & Finchley

74

15th

6

Haringey Borough

81

17th

6

Leatherhead

83

20th (relegated)

7

Merstham

84

22nd (relegated)

8

Cray Wanderers

85

19th

2

Brightlingsea Regent

92

18th

10

East Thurrock United

98

21st (relegated)

6

TOTAL

1449

   

 

As with the goalscoring list, several clubs that finished in the top ten are outside of the same for goals conceded, these being Margate (again), Lewes and Kingstonian, whilst Carshalton Athletic, Corinthian-Casuals and Horsham are those that are in the top ten for least goals conceded but outside it in the actual League placings.

 

Finally, when were the goals scored? The chart below shows the split in fifteen-minute segments and what is immediately noticeable is how many more goals are scored in the last fifteen minutes of a game compared to the others, with the last fifteen minutes of the first half being the second highest.

 

The chart on the left shows the split of goals scored in the fifteen-minute segments, whilst that on the right is a pie chart showing those totals as percentages.