4th September 2016
Number 6

News From Around The League

Alan Hobbs: It is with great sadness that Somerset FA have to inform you that the former Somerset FA Chairman Alan Hobbs recently died, and that he passed away peacefully at home. Alan was Chairman of the Association for 29 years, serving from 1984 until he stood down in 2013 on reaching his 80th Birthday. During his tenure as Chairman Somerset FA evolved from an association into a limited company. Before becoming chairman Alan had already served on the Council of Somerset FA as a divisional representative for 12 years, having first been elected in 1972; he became a life member of the association in 1993 and at the time of his passing, was the equal longest serving member of council with a remarkable 44 years of service. Alan also served for over 30 years on the Council of the Football Association. First elected in 1984 he continued to serve as the Somerset FA representative of the FA Council until he became an FA Senior Vice president and Life Member, serving on the FA Vase Committee for many years. Everyone at the Western Football League would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to his two daughters and his grandchildren.

Midweek Round-Up: The Dorset derby between Gillingham Town and Bridport at Hardings Lane went the way of the home club with a first half Harry Baker goal in their 1-0 win. Despite taking the lead in the 3rd minute with a Luke Mills goal Hallen capitulated to a 5-1 home defeat to Clevedon Town with whom Issac Reid bagged a hat-trick along with further goals from Kevin Camargo and Toby Yeates. Buckland Athletic picked up three handy points with a 4-2 win away to Shepton Mallet as did Street with a 4-1 win at Wells City. Matthew Morris got on the score sheet as Bradford Town took the points at Brislington with a 1-0 win. Melksham Town dropped a couple of points in their 1-1 draw with Cadbury Heath with Callum Whooley rescuing a point for the Heath late on. In Division One Wellington lost their second match in a row as they went down 2-0 away at Portishead Town with Callum Townsend and Patrick Riddle both netting for Posset. Malmesbury Victoria with goals from Shane Bumphrey and Joshua Hughes went top of the table after their 2-1 win at the Flying Monk ground against Corsham Town, Benjamin Pring scoring for the visitors. Jamie Walters (2), Robert Mitchell and Jamie Wallen all scored at Westbury United for Devizes Town in their 4-0 victory. Wednesday evening also saw Asa White score the winner at Norton Lane for Hengrove Athletic in their 1-0 Success over Oldland Abbotonians.

FA Cup: Congratulations to both Brislington and Cadbury Heath who will both fly the Western League flag into the 2nd Qualifying Round. Brislington who hosted Wessex League Hamworthy United raced into a 5-0 half time lead with goals from Neikell Plummer (3), Michael Rimmer and Jason Llama and finally won the tie 5-2 after Hamworthy pulled two back. Cadbury Heath faced a tough test at Springfield against South West Peninsula League club Plymouth Parkway which proved to be no obstacle as they ran out 3-0 winners. There was no such luck however for the remaining three clubs who all played Southern League South West Division clubs. Gillingham Town went down at home to Cirencester Town by 2-0 as did Portishead Town who lost 4-1 to Swindon Supermarine in front of 166 at Bristol Road. Street made the trip to Winchester City where they took the lead through Steven Murray in the 18th minute however the home side fought back with four goals before Craig Herrod netted late on as the Cobblers went out 4-2.

Premier Division: A goal each from Peter Ireland and David Smith was not enough for Sherborne Town as they went down at home to the league leaders Melksham Town by 4-2 which now sees the Zebras rooted to the bottom of the table after losing their last seven league matches. Bristol Manor Farm leapfrogged into second over Willand Rovers whom they defeated 2-0 at the Creek. Bradford Town who have still not lost a league match travelled to Cribbs and took another three points with a 3-1 win. Bitton finally got their first points on the board with a 1-0 victory over Shepton Mallet with a Callum Baker goal.

Division One: There was an extraordinary match at Southfields where an incredible 11 goals were scored as Radstock Town overpowered Roman Glass St George by 8-3. Also on the goal trail were Keynsham Town who put seven past Devizes Town without reply. A brace each from Tom Morgan and Gary Shorney helped Oldland Abbotonians to a 4-1 win over Westbury United. At Zembard Lane Chard Town had a 2-0 triumph over Hengrove Athletic with both James Boyland and Stephen Friend scoring goals. At Southbank Corsham Town picked up another three points with 2-0 win against Welton Rovers.


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