31st July 2016
Number 1

League Chairman's Message

Welcome back to the start of season 2016-17.

Let us hope for a better season's weather than the one we have just experienced certainly one without so many cancelations. It does give me the opportunity to thank in the first instance the Fixture Secretary in his first season who dealt with the problem in the best way possible but would be the first to acknowledge the big part played by all the clubs in getting their fixtures completed.

May I welcome the new clubs joining the League this season Bishops Lydeard and Malmesbury Victoria I'm sure that you will enjoy everything that the Western League has to offer, I together with the other officers and clubs will look forward to meeting up with both clubs in the coming season.

I note there are a number of changes within clubs with new Chairman, Secretaries and Managers please rest assured that we are available to assist whenever possible.

As you know doubt will recall the League Board together with its clubs were required to attend a meeting with the Leagues Committee back in February. I would like to congratulate all the clubs firstly for their attendance (on which was not a particularly convenient time) and the way the concerns over the future of the Western League were put forward. To date we have attended further meetings only to be told that the Step 5/6 National League System review has been put on hold until a final decision is reached over the introduction of a new 5th Division of the Football League and all of its implications further down the pyramid. As you are no doubt aware there have been significant changes within both the FA and in particular the Leagues Committee but we are fairly optimistic that Toolstation Western League matters will be addressed at the first available opportunity.

With plans now coming together for our 125th Anniversary which will be taking place at the Bristol Marriot Hotel on Saturday 14th October 2017, please note this date in your diaries, it promises to be an excellent evening of celebration.

Again sincere thanks go to all of our sponsors namely: Toolstation, Nord-Lock Ltd, Westernsport Trophies, Boca Teamwear, Hereward Sport & Leisure, AM Print & Copy, Engravatec Signs and Avon Truck & Van I would urge all clubs to offer their support whenever possible.

Finally, may I wish all clubs every success in all competitions, in particular the FA Competitions and its financial rewards, we as a Board will be there to offer our support as much as is possible.

Look forward to meeting up in the coming season.
John Pool

Toolstation Cup

Handsworth Parramore 4-0 Odd Down (Bath)

A resplendent Sandy Lane the home of Worksop Town welcomed Western League Champions Odd Down for the third Toolstation Charity Cup Final against the Northern Counties East Runners-up Handsworth Parramore. As is often the case at this time of year, both sides were short of a few familiar faces due to holiday commitments. Odd Down looked sprightly from the off with skipper Troy Simpson and right winger Hiroli looking pretty dangerous and giving the Handsworth back line some early concerns, although the first keeper called into action was Yeo who comfortably held a hooked shot from distance from Micky Harcourt. Handsworth countered well, and on 12 minutes Alex Rippon burst into the box only to be upended, and, with the referee on the spot, a penalty was given which was calmly despatched by Danny Buttle. Odd Down rallied well and created their first chance when, after some dallying in the home box, Gould shot from the edge of the area, forcing Arron Jameson into a stretching save. It was end to end fare now, and some great work going forward by Colin Marrison released Buttle who hot footed it down the left before squaring to Danny Holland who rolled in his first Handsworth goal to double the lead after 22 minutes. Despite enjoying the majority of possession, Handsworth had to be aware of the pacey Odd Down front men, and the visitors should really have halved the deficit on 37 minutes when a half cleared free kick fell at the feet of Cory Simpson who lashed his effort wide. Any hopes that the Odd Down had of finding a way back into the game were abruptly halted three minutes into the second period when a Handsworth break ended with Harry Bamforth’s goalbound effort being handled by Hiroli, earning the wide man a red card. Buttle stepped up again, but this time he fired wide of the post. With the humid conditions beginning to take their toll, the ten men were finding it hard to keep pace with the home side that were playing around them with ease and creating chances at will. However, Yeo was doing his best to keep the score down with a number of eye catching saves from Holland, Rippon, Dugdale and Marrison. Both sides introduced their subs into the action, and it was the third Simpson brother Kye, who carried the biggest threat for Odd Down. With Dugdale, Higginson, Froggatt and Wells now on the field, there was added pace up top and the Odd Down defence were struggling to cope with the constant waves of attack. After holding out until the last eight minutes, they were eventually breached again when Marrison and Froggatt combined to release Kieran Wells who slotted home in style, and the icing on the cake arrived two minutes later when Tom Dugdale was quickest to react in the box after a deflection to complete the scoring. So, the first piece of silverware has been duly delivered and the Toolstation Charity Cup remains in the North for another year.


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