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2012/13 Season Summary

Following the unexpected successes of the previous campaign, the club entered the close season full of optimism and expectation for the season ahead.
The summer saw the inevitable reshuffle that a club on a meagre budget is often faced with. Prime target for Liam Watson was Godfrey Poku, a midfield terrier who had impressed so much during his prior loan spell and who had been released by Luton Town. Offered full-time football, Poku elected to join the ambitious Mansfield Town instead and following him to the stags was Andy Owens, a man who’s career had been restarted by Watson the previous season following his release from Accrington.
Neither Owens or Poku settled into the side at Mansfield and within months both were back with the Sandgrounders on Loan.

In came Chris Almond a winger from Skelmersdale United, who would go on to finish top scorer in his first season.

With indifferent form in the first half of the season, things turned sour after Christmas. A run of just 1 win in 11 games saw the Sandgrounders plummet down the table, finding themselves in 20th place by Easter, perilously close to the trap door, quite a change from the previous season where they had been knocking on the door of the play offs. The Sandgrounders were assured of safety with a game to spare but then the bombshell was dropped that Watson was leaving for pastures new and two weeks later he was appointed manager of AFC Telford United.

Pos Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Mansfield Town 46 30 5 11 92 52 95
2 Kidderminster Harriers 46 28 9 9 82 40 93
3 Newport County 46 25 10 11 85 60 85
4 Grimsby Town 46 23 14 9 70 38 83
5 Wrexham 46 22 14 10 74 45 80
6 Hereford United 46 19 13 14 73 63 70
7 Luton Town 46 18 13 15 70 62 67
8 Dartford 46 19 9 18 67 63 66
9 Braintree Town 46 19 9 18 63 72 66
10 Forest Green Rovers 46 18 11 17 63 49 65
11 Macclesfield Town 46 17 12 17 65 70 63
12 Woking 46 18 8 20 73 81 62
13 Alfreton Town 46 16 12 18 69 74 60
14 Cambridge United 46 15 14 17 68 69 59
15 Nuneaton Town 46 14 15 17 55 63 57
16 Lincoln City 46 15 11 20 66 73 56
17 Gateshead 46 13 16 17 58 61 55
18 Hyde 46 16 7 23 63 75 55
19 Tamworth 46 15 10 21 55 69 55
20 Southport 46 14 12 20 72 86 54
21 Stockport County 46 13 11 22 57 76 50
22 Barrow 46 11 13 22 45 83 46
23 Ebbsfleet United 46 8 15 23 55 89 39
24 AFC Telford 46 6 17 23 52 79 35

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