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Saturday 24th February

FA Vase

Melksham Town15:00Thatcham Town

Premier

Bitton15:00Wellington
Bridgwater Town15:00Longwell Green Sports
Cadbury Heath15:00Brislington
Clevedon Town15:00Shepton Mallet
Cribbs15:00Bradford Town
Hallen15:00Buckland Athletic
Hengrove Athletic15:00Willand Rovers
Odd Down (BATH)15:00Street
Wells City15:00Chipping Sodbury Town

First Division

Almondsbury15:00Warminster Town
Ashton and Backwell Utd15:00Sherborne Town
Bishops Lydeard15:00Calne Town
Corsham Town15:00Bishop Sutton
Devizes Town15:00Bristol Telephones
Keynsham Town15:00Cheddar
Malmesbury Victoria15:00Welton Rovers
Oldland Abbotonians15:00Wincanton Town
Portishead Town15:00Chippenham Park
Roman Glass St George15:00Radstock Town
Westbury United15:00Chard Town

Premier Division

First Division

THE PODCAST

Podcast.
On this weeks podcast we speak to Shepton Mallet’s joint manager, Craig Loxton and Portishead Towns, Mark Williams.

Missed one of our Podcasts? You can find them all by following this link

THE BULLETIN

Bulletin.

You can read the latest copy of THE BULLETIN by following this link

MATCH REPORTS

Match Report.
The latest match report from Kerry Miller can be read by FOLLOWING THIS LINK

TOP GOALSCORERS - PREMIER

Gary HigdonMelksham Town22
Steve MurrayStreet16
Luke MortimoreWilland Rovers16
Jared LewingtonBuckland Athletic15
David O'HareStreet15
Sam JordanBradford Town14
Mark SalterBridport14
Jack TaylorBridgwater Town14

TOP GOALSCORERS - FIRST

Matthew BrownKeynsham Town21
Daniel KovacsWestbury United19
James RustellRadstock Town18
Ken OniRoman Glass St George16
Adam JonesCheddar15
James QuickBishops Lydeard15
Craig WilsonKeynsham Town14
Kyle BoxKeynsham Town13

LATEST TRANSFERS

Courtney CharlesOldland Abbotonians to Welton Rovers
Adam ManmoodBitton to Oldland Abbotonians
Carl CrabtreeWarminster Town to Bradford Town
Lewis DunnHengrove Athletic to Odd Down
Ashley BernardLongwell Green to Roman Glass
Alexander GrimshawMelksham Town to Bitton
Kye MountfordBrislington to Portishead Town
Harry PruettBrislington to Longwell Green

125 Book.

Haynes.

Latest News

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

Bradford Town manager Danny Greaves receiving the Premier Division Team of the month award for December from League Director Sue Merrill.

Photo courtesy of Richard Tucker.

Convention 2018

Convention.
Annual Convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Plymouth from Friday 18th May until Sunday 20th May.

Artificial Pitches

Artificial Pitch.
With the constant heavy rain putting paid to most of the non-League programme once again last Saturday, Western League press officer Kerry Miller went down the 4G route and enjoyed an unusual treble with three games in three different counties last Saturday.

One young side who are always worth watching are Exeter City’s U18s and they look on course to repeat last season’s triumphs with a League Cup semi-final thrown in for good measure. The club’s training ground is the impressive Cat and Fiddle complex in Clyst St Mary which many years ago was the home ground of Western Leaguers St Lukes College and the changing room pavilion is still there and largely intact although the iconic Rothman’s Western League scoreboard was finally taken down a few years ago. The old Western League pitch is still there and surrounded by advertising boards but the youngsters now have a 4G pitch alongside the varied grass pitches, all of which would have taken a battering had they had been used on Saturday.

Instead the all weather surface came up trumps and City hammered their counterparts from Premier League AFC Bournemouth 5-1 to emphasise what a fine set up the Grecians have at youth level.

With Western League games going down at regular intervals and even Shepton Mallet’s fine pitch giving up the ghost, it was 4G again for the afternoon part of the day and with Roman Glass St George away, Keynsham Town’s home game with Almondsbury was definitely on while a few games in Bristol did get the final go ahead elsewhere.

Keynsham have played at the Crown Field since just after the war and in recent seasons the ground has been transformed into a much used and much changed venue which gains from not being completely enclosed by a hideous 12 foot chain link fence like so many others. The new seating came courtesy of Bristol City’s Ashton Gate make over and having been painted and brushed to within an inch of its life, it has possibly never looked better or brighter.

A good crowd, including a number of neutrals just happy to see a game, watched Keynsham go back to the top of Division One with goals from Tauren Williams and top scorer Matt Brown, his 50th for the club in 70 games.

The third game in the 4G trilogy was at Oaklands Park, formerly the home of Southern League Almondsbury Town but now the HQ of Gloucestershire FA and on the opposite side of the road to Almondsbury. Oaklands Park is used by a host of clubs including Roman Glass, Lebeq FC, and Bradley Stoke Town from the Bristol and District League Senior Division as well as by the county and Bristol Rovers U23 side on occasions.

This Saturday, for a 5.30pm kick-off it was the turn of Premier Combination side Real Thornbury who had the services of Taunton Town winger Ross Staley for one game before he headed off to Perth, Western Australia to play and coach. Predictably he was far too lively for the Oldland Abbotonians’ second string and netted five in an 8-0 win. Oaklands Park, along with the other two grounds, has an excellent surface but the complex suffers a little from the plethora of small sided goals which are dotted about the place including a group of them directly behind the main goals which is off putting to spectators and can’t be any fun for the players of officials. However with plenty of covered seating and standing areas it is a comfortable venue and for those whose footballing fix can stretch to more than one game on a Saturday, theregular 5.30pm kick-offs are an interesting idea.

World Radio Day

World Radio Day.
Experienced Western League commentator and podcast broadcaster, Ian Nockolds and the Toolstation Western League have got together to offer the chance for visually-impaired fans to enjoy a live game, with a full audio commentary.

You can read more about this event and World Radio Day by FOLLOWING THIS LINK

The Bulletin

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We have received reports that some people are not receiving their weekly copy of The Bulletin. Unfortunately it would seem that some service providers are blocking these emails and there is little we can do about it. We apologise for any inconvenience this may be causing.

The Bulletin is available every Sunday on this website and for download.

Respect Award

Respect Award.
League Director Sue Merrill with match Officials Richard Pickin, Martin Chown and Lee Nightingale presenting Portishead Town with their Respect Award for November 2017.

Safe Hands Award

Safe Hands.

Cheddar Goalkeeper Liam Kingston is presented with the One Sport Sponsored Safe Hands Award for November by Director Malcolm Price.

Monthly Awards

December Awards.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

League Director Julian French presents the Premier Division Team of the Month for September to Street FC. Pictured are Graham Rudge, Ben Amghar (Club Captain) and Roy Sandford.

125th Anniversary Dinner

125th Anniversary Dinner.
The Western League’s 125th anniversary celebrations continued with a dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Bristol on Saturday night.

Past and present members of the league met up to celebrate this historic occasion and were joined by guest speaker Geoff Twentyman of BBC Radio Bristol.

You can see the photos from the evening byCLICKING HERE

125th Anniversary Match

125th Anniversary Match.
The Western League’s 125th anniversary celebrations got under way on Wednesday night when the representative XI took on an FA XI at Oakfields, home of Melksham Town FC, and the excellent 532 crowd were treated to 90 minutes of faced paced football fitting of such an occasion, writes Kerry Miller.

The driving rain and wind which threatened to drown out the whole night thankfully abated early enough to entice a crowd to watch the match at the newest ground in what is the third oldest league in the country. Guests from many clubs, leagues and FAs attended as England C team manager Paul Fairclough brought a side picked predominantly from Southern League clubs based in the south and west. Gosport Borough, Salisbury, Basingstoke Town, Dorchester Town, Wimborne Town and Winchester City were represented as well as Mangotsfield United and Larkhall Athletic more locally and both teams showed what they could do in a fast paced opening on Melksham’s immaculate playing surface which is made quick passing football.

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Match Photos

Groundhop 2017

Almost 1,700 spectators watched seven Toolstation Western League matches over the past weekend and were treated to 28 goals across the board with all the participating sides putting on a show which sent the disparate group of Groundhoppers home with a collective smile on their faces writes Kerry Miller.

Bishops Lydeard and Cheddar rounded off the series with a cliff hanger at Cothelstone Road on Sunday afternoon leaving the visitors to start their trips home to the likes of Germany, Norway, Sweden, Wales, Scotland, Suffolk, Scunthorpe, Hebden Bridge, Oxford and Ramsgate.

Congratulations were universally offered to all the home sides – Ashton and Backwell United, Welton Rovers, Radstock Town, Odd Down, Hengrove Athletic, Shepton Mallet and Bishops Lydeard – who played their part in what was a superbly run weekend in the main enjoyed in favourable conditions. Chris and Lawrence from Groundhop UK were again the catalyst behind the event which is in its third year which brings in much needed funds to member clubs as well as giving many players the chance to perform in front of crowds rarely seen nowadays in the Western League.

With book, programme and badge dealers plying their wares at all the games and food outlets doing a roaring trade throughout, it was left to the teams themselves to put on a show, and they did not disappoint. Six of the seven games went to the wire with the exception of Shepton’s home win over Brislington and with an average of four goals a game the league was definitely shown in a good light with all hoping for a repeat next season.

Much thanks must also go to the respective bands of merry men and women who worked so hard for their clubs to ensure that the hungry hoards were sent away with full bellies, and in many cases full bladders. At Odd Down the ladies catered for the vegetarians among the visitors with a stroke of genius neatly packaged up as humous salad rolls for just £1 while at Bishops Lydeard there were industrial quantities of veggie curry as well as the chicken variety, on the simmer all afternoon.

Representatives from leagues and clubs all over the country descended on the grounds as the non-League fraternity met up again with friends whose paths sometimes only cross once a year and tales were spun of grounds and clubs far and wide who collectively make up the non-League scene.

You can read the match reports from all seven matches by CLICKING HERE

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

League President Brian Beer presents the First Division Team of the Month Award to Bristol Telephones.

Team of the Month

Team of the Month.

Director Malcolm Price presents the Premier Division Team of the Month Award to Captain Brett Worbey of Willand Rovers.

125th Anniversary Pin Badge

125 Pin Badge.

The league has for sale a limited number of 125th Anniversary pin bagdes. The cost is £2.50 plus £1 postage.

If you would like to buy a badge, email Sue Merrill sue.merrill@toolstationleague.com

Physio Wanted

Keynsham Town are looking to appoint a Physiotherapist to join our First Team. The post would suit a hardworking, enthusiastic individual with an interest in sports medicine who is seeking to further their experience base in a sporting environment. Anyone interested should contact Club Secretary Julian French on 07814 609853 or jules1233@live.com

New Android App Now Available

Android App.
The Android version of our league app is now available on the Google Play Store. And it's FREE!

Keep up to date with all the latest fixtures and results for the Toolstation Western Football League. Follow your favourite Western League club with the 'Clubhouse' giving you their last result and their next fixture. Get directions to the match at the touch of a button using your devices maps app. Find information about all the Western League clubs including admission prices, kick off times and contact details.

Our thanks to Cocoon Development for writing and developing both our apps.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APP

Sport Financial Services

Sports Financial Services was set up to some 2 years ago to help sports club, in particular Toolstation Western League clubs, to help and aid them achieve success with improvements they needed with infrastructure projects to enable them to move up the Pyramid System or to update their current facilities.

During this time we have managed to secure over £300,000 from the Football Foundation and Sports England towards ground improvements for Keynsham Town FC, Barnstaple Town, Oldland Abbottonians, Gillingham FC, and Street FC. We are currently working with three other Toolstation clubs trying to secure funding for projects that they want to achieve.

If you are interested in having a project you have in mind discussed, we would be only be too happy to listen and advise accordingly. If you'd like to make contact with your initial ideas, you can contact us on our website at: sportsfinancialservices.com

Alternatively give us a call on 07754543719 or 07454320934

You can dowload further details by following this link

App.

Toolstation League App Now Available

The new Toolstation Legaue App for iPhone and iPad is now available to download.

Keep up to date with all the latest fixtures and results for the Toolstation Western Football League. Follow your favourite Western League club with the 'CLUB HOUSE' giving you their last result and their next fixture. Get directions to the match at the touch of a button using your devices maps app. Find information about all the Western League clubs including admission prices, kick off times and contact details and more...

Click on the image to download the our new App now!

Concussion Guidelines

Information is available on how to recognise concussion and on how concussion should be managed from the time of injury through to safe return to football. At all levels in football, if a player is suspected of having a concussion, they must be immediately removed from the pitch, whether in training or match play.

You can dowload a copy of the FA's Booklet by following this link

Western League Almanac.

Western League Almanac

A complete history of the Western League with tables, all time club and ground details, cup results, biographies of personalities etc.

Follow >> THIS LINK for further details and how to buy the book.

Armed Forces

Armed Forces.The current men and women of Her Majesty's Armed Forces are doing such an exceptional job both at home and abroad during these difficult times.

The Toolstation Western Football League is proud to offer all current serving members of HM Forces FREE ADMISSION to all League matches.

Proof of ID will be all that is required at the turnstile.

MATCH ACTION

Bridgwater Town vs
Wellington

Saturday 17 February 2018

Shepton Mallet vs
Devizes Town

Saturday 17 February 2018

Calne Town vs
Welton Rovers

Saturday 17 February 2018

Almondsbury vs
Corsham Town

Saturday 17 February 2018