7th August 2016
Number 2

News From Around The League

FA Cup: This seasons competition was meet with consternation by the majority of the Step 5/6 leagues with the early start imposed on them by the FA. However, there was mixed fortunes for the Toolstation Western League clubs playing in the world’s greatest knock-out competition. Cadbury Heath were top scorers with a 7-0 home demolition over Wessex league Folland Sports. Despite the beginning of Cowes week taking place, Brislington made the difficult journey across the Solent and left the Isle of Wight with an excellent 3-0 win over their hosts Cowes Sports with Neikell Plummer, Jack Smyth and Lewis Dunn all scoring. Oldland Abbotonians playing their first ever FA Cup match at Castle Road hosted Wessex League Newport (IoW). The game was settled by a Tom Morgan goal on 17 minutes which sent the Abbots through to the next round. Both Street and Cheddar made trips to play Peninsula League sides Bodmin Town and AFC St Austell respectively and ended up with midweek replays as both matches finished 2-2 apiece. Buckland Athletic also hosted a Peninsula League side and found themselves 3-0 down to Plymouth Parkway before a late rally saw Buckland pull two goals back to make the final score 3-2 to Plymouth. After a five-year gap Keynsham Town finally got back into FA Cup action when they travelled to Salisbury to face Wessex League Bemerton Heath Harlequins. Despite leaving with a 1-0 defeat Keynsham had many chances against their higher league opponents. Bridport faced Alresford Town from the Wessex League at home and despite a goal from Daniel Peach the Bees exited the competition with a 2-1 defeat. Two Daine O’Connor goals helped Clevedon Town with their 2-1 win over Ashton & Backwell United.

Division One: Due to the FA Cup the league saw seven matches taking place. New boys Bishops Lydeard opened their account with a 3-3 home draw against Wincanton Town. Mark Clunie (2) and Jay Quick were on target for the home club whilst Kieran Davis, Neil Craven and Iwan Walters netted for the visitors. No such luck however for Malmesbury Victoria who went down 3-1 at Oaklands Park to Roman Glass St George. Six goals were shared at Nursteed Road as Devizes Town and Chippenham Park battled out a 3-3 draw. Westbury United started their campaign with a 1-0 win at Almondsbury UWE as did Wellington with a 2-0 triumph at Bishop Sutton. Calne Town won 2-0 at Weymouth Street against Warminster Town with goals from Josh Legg and Mark Dolman. The match between Radstock Town and Chard Town ended all square at 1-1.

USA Cup 2016: Toolstation Western League Match Official George Enever has just returned from Blaine, Minnesota after officiating at the USA Cup 2016. George officiated in a total of 30 games across the 8 playing days, averaging about 4 games a day. Of these games, 13 were as the referee and 17 as an assistant. Most of the games were completed as a 3-man team, meaning he spent the majority of his time working with a team of new officials from China, Jamaica, Portugal, Costa Rica, America, Brazil, Haiti and Mexico as well as Officiating teams from all over the world that had slightly different perceptions of football from Japan, America, Mexico, Canada, Uganda, Costa Rica and Iceland. Some of the challenges he faced, other than the language barriers, were refereeing in the American summer weather. During the time he was out there, temperatures were rarely under 30 degrees Celsius during the day and at some points reached 35. he also experienced a storm during the tournament and the teams and officials had to be rushed indoors during the sudden lightning strikes. George went on to say that the tournament was a massive success and he really enjoyed his time out there and felt that he learnt a lot. Well done George for sharing your adventure and we hope that you gained some great experience in your refereeing career.


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