TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE BULLETIN #41

Champions: Congratulations to Chipping Sodbury Town who clinched the Division One Championship yesterday. Their 6-0 win away at Calne Town meant they won the league on goal difference. This was one of the closest title races for many seasons with only six points between the top seven clubs.

Les Phillips Cup: In the three outstanding Quarter Finals Buckland Athletic took advantage of home soil to defeat Bristol Manor Farm by 1-0. Cribbs, despite playing with nine men after having had two players dismissed forced extra time after the 90 minutes had finished at 1-1. However the two man disadvantage proved too much as Melksham Town went on to win 4-1. Matt Durbin was on target for Hengrove Athletic in the all Division One tie against Keynsham Town as they won 1-0. Saturday saw the Semi Finals in which the holders Willand Rovers defeated Buckland Athletic 1-0 at Silver Street. The other Semi took part at the Conigre in which Division One Hengrove Athletic came from behind to defeat Melksham Town after extra time with the help of two Jack Fillingham goals.

Bank Holiday Monday: Goals from Jordan Greenwood, Karim Rendall and David Stone gave Oldland Abbotonians a 3-0 win away at Almondsbury UWE whilst Calne Town went down 3-1 at home to Warminster Town. Wells City dropped a couple of vital points with their 2-2 draw at Wincanton Town.

Midweek: Tuesday evening saw Odd Down presented with the Premier Division League Championship trophy however Bradford Town took the spoils on the night with a 4-0 victory. Shepton Mallet drew 1-1 with Cadbury Heath whilst Welton Rovers and Gillingham Town also ended up with the same score. In Division One on Wednesday the title was blown wide open as Chard Town went down at Hengrove Athletic by 2-1. Chard went into the break 1-0 up with a Samuel Clark goal but Asa White equalised and James Dunn scored the winner for Hengrove with a few minutes left. Wells City trailed at Bremhill View to Calne Town to a Mark Dolman goal but Wells hit back with a brace each from Leon Brittain and Lee Pitman and a James Batchelor goal to win 5-1.

Premier Division: In the three outstanding league matches Gillingham Town defeated Shepton Mallet 2-1 whilst Welton Rovers got a rare victory with their 3-1 win away at Hallen. After the match it was announced that both Nick Beaverstock and Malcolm Beck would be stepping down from the management team of Welton Rovers. In the other match both Brislington and Bridport settled for a point each with a 1-1 draw.

Division One: There was heartbreak for Wells City, needing only a point for the Championship at Aitchison Playing Fields they went down to Oldland Abbotonians by 2-0, Tom Morgan and Karim Rendall with the goals. This defeat along with Chipping Sodbury winning at Calne Town by 6-0 meant that the Gloucestershire club won the league on goal difference by just two goals. The other match saw Portishead Town win 4-0 at Weymouth Street over Warminster Town with Posset finishing the season in a credible sixth position.

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