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WELSH Premier attendances fell by 5.3% last season, with an average of 309 spectators at each game compared with 327 in the previous campaign.

But there were mitigating factors with Aberystwyth Town, Bala Town and Cefn Druids forced to play a total of nine games on neutral grounds while their synthetic 3G pitches were being completed at the start of the season.

Nevertheless, there is cause for concern not least for Llandudno, who saw the largest drop of 34.1%, and champions The New Saints, whose attendances slumped by 30.3%.

Once again, Bangor City were the best-supported club with average gates of 509, up by 2.9%, while Aberystwyth took over second spot with an average of 379 (+3.2%) from Rhyl, whose gates dropped by 10%.

Highest attendance of the season was the 1,168 who attended the opening of Aberystwyth's 3G pitch against Rhyl while the only other game to attract a four-figure gate was Rhyl's clash with Bangor in September.

Meanwhile, the Huws Gray Alliance has reported a 15% increase in its attendances last season with Caernarfon Town attracting an average of 357.

Welsh Premier attendances grid 2016/17

Welsh Premier historical average gates