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Toolstation Western League Suspended

The Toolstation Western League has suspended League fixtures until January 22nd, pending the next Government review of the Local Authority Tier system. The Western League Board had been working with Clubs that wanted to continue playing to create a fixture list that facilitated games to take place. However, with Somerset put into Tier 4, where playing non-league football is not allowed, the Board felt it was not appropriate to continue playing matches until the Coronavirus situation across the leagues area had improved.


The next review of Local Authority Tiers is scheduled to take place on January 13th, following which the Western League Board will review their position regarding League fixtures. However, the League have reassured Clubs that whatever the outcome of the next review, they will be given a reasonable notice period, meaning that fixtures cannot resume until Saturday, January 23rd at the earliest.


Premier Division: Bridgwater Town stormed to victory in the final fixture before Christmas, dominating throughout in their 5-0 thumping of Odd Down. After Jack Taylor had headed them in front on the quarter-hour mark, Bridgy had to wait until first half stoppage time before doubling their advantage following an excellent run and finish from Mike Duffy. Taylor then struck again from the penalty spot to extend their lead, with the prolific frontman completing his hat-trick thanks to a lovely cross from Ben Kirk. Town added a fifth seven minutes from time, with Jordan Greenwood heading home Tom Fry’s corner to condemn the Bath side to their tenth defeat of the season.

Keynsham Town made it two wins from two since returning from the enforced break, beating Brislington 3-1 on Boxing Day to continue their ascendancy up the table. James Dancey was the standout performer for the hosts, scoring in either half to give his side a two-goal lead. Jamie Noble then struck during the closing stages to make it 3-0, before Brislington grabbed a consolation five minutes from time. In another of the Boxing Day fixtures to survive, Clevedon followed up their victory in the Vase last week by beating Chipping Sodbury 3-0 at the Hand Stadium. The hosts made a strong start, taking a 17th minute lead, when the clipped cross from Jay Murray fell perfectly for Ethan Feltham who headed home. Callum Gould then took over for Clevedon, doubling their tally from long range towards the end of the first half, before then wrapping things up in the closing stages thanks to a pristine chipped finish. Westbury held out for a 1-0 win at home to Bradford, moving up to sixth thanks to Joe Stradling’s goal inside the opening ten minutes. In the other Premier Division fixture, debutant Jake Quick make an instant impact for new club Wellington, scoring in either half to lead the Somerset side to a 2-0 triumph away at Bridport. It took Quick just 24 minutes to open his account, with the former Bishops Lydeard forward then adding his second seven minutes from time to hand Wellington all three points.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Brislington bounced back from their defeat at Keynsham by beating bottom side Chipping Sodbury 2-0. A pair of first half goals proved enough for the visitors, with Simon Prangley scoring an early penalty, before Cam Brown tucked home their second after 29 minutes thanks to a cross from influential forward Kane Simpson. In the other fixture, Shepton Mallet returned to action with a bang, scoring three times after the interval to win 4-1 away at Westbury. After Fin Haines had fired Shepton in front, the hosts gained parity in first half stoppage time when Jamie Jordan got the vital touch on a loose ball. Joe Morgan then took over for the away side, placing a low drive into the bottom corner for 2-1, which he then followed up with a silky individual goal to put some distance between the sides. Mallet had suffered a heavy defeat in their last match before lockdown, so returning with a big win will have pleased all at the club, and the victory was wrapped up in the closing stages when Aaron Cockerill slammed the ball home from the edge of the area.



First Division: Welton Rovers suffered their first loss of the campaign at the hands of Radstock Town who have now won three on the spin. Morgan Marsh scored a Boxing Day double for the away side, with prolific James Rustell also finding the back of the net to put the former league leaders to the sword at West Clewes. It is Corsham who will find themselves top of the pile at the end of 2020 after they came from behind to beat Warminster 2-1 at Weymouth Street. Following a goalless first half, sixth-placed Warminster kicked into action after the interval and broke the deadlock within three minutes of the restart thanks to an own goal, before last week’s hat-trick hero Gary Higdon headed home to level for the Quarrymen. Corsham then nabbed all three points thanks to Will Stead who reacted quickest to the loose ball, after Leigh Rogers had seen his spot kick saved by Tom Drewitt in the Warminster goal. 

FA Vase: Tavistock booked their place in the fourth round of the Vase after storming to a 4-0 win away at Buckland. The Lambs were dominant for much of the contest, scoring twice in either half to progress, with Jack Crago and Liam Prynn putting them two goals to the good at the interval. Tallan Burns then extended the lead to three, before second-half sub Jordan Annear lobbed the home keeper form the halfway line to complete the scoring 15 minutes from time.



On Sunday, Bridgwater followed up their one-sided victory in the league with a dramatic penalty shootout triumph away at Brimscombe & Thrupp. By coming from behind twice during the 90 minutes, and then winning 5-4 on spot kicks, Town have reached the fourth round of the competition for the first time in 16 years. Ben Kirk tapped home Bridgwater’s first equaliser midway through the first half, only for the hosts to retake the lead early in the second period. With less than six minutes remaining, Tom Fry produced a moment of magic, whipping home a free kick from 25 yards out to make it 2-2, sending the game to penalties. An early miss from Sam Crumb put Town in a perilous position, but Jake Viney came to the rescue, and his second save proved to be the winning moment to set up a tie with Tavistock in January.

time. In another of the Boxing Day fixtures to survive, Clevedon followed up their victory in the Vase last week by beating Chipping Sodbury 3-0 at the Hand Stadium. The hosts made a strong start, taking a 17th minute lead, when the clipped cross from Jay Murray fell perfectly for Ethan Feltham who headed home. Callum Gould then took over for Clevedon, doubling their tally from long range towards the end of the first half, before then wrapping things up in the closing stages thanks to a pristine chipped finish. Westbury held out for a 1-0 win at home to Bradford, moving up to sixth thanks to Joe Stradling’s goal inside the opening ten minutes. In the other Premier Division fixture, debutant Jake Quick make an instant impact for new club Wellington, scoring in either half to lead the Somerset side to a 2-0 triumph away at Bridport. It took Quick just 24 minutes to open his account, with the former Bishops Lydeard forward then adding his second seven minutes from time to hand Wellington all three points.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Brislington bounced back from their defeat at Keynsham by beating bottom side Chipping Sodbury 2-0. A pair of first half goals proved enough for the visitors, with Simon Prangley scoring an early penalty, before Cam Brown tucked home their second after 29 minutes thanks to a cross from influential forward Kane Simpson. In the other fixture, Shepton Mallet returned to action with a bang, scoring three times after the interval to win 4-1 away at Westbury. After Fin Haines had fired Shepton in front, the hosts gained parity in first half stoppage time when Jamie Jordan got the vital touch on a loose ball. Joe Morgan then took over for the away side, placing a low drive into the bottom corner for 2-1, which he then followed up with a silky individual goal to put some distance between the sides. Mallet had suffered a heavy defeat in their last match before lockdown, so returning with a big win will have pleased all at the club, and the victory was wrapped up in the closing stages when Aaron Cockerill slammed the ball home from the edge of the area.



First Division: Welton Rovers suffered their first loss of the campaign at the hands of Radstock Town who have now won three on the spin. Morgan Marsh scored a Boxing Day double for the away side, with prolific James Rustell also finding the back of the net to put the former league leaders to the sword at West Clewes. It is Corsham who will find themselves top of the pile at the end of 2020 after they came from behind to beat Warminster 2-1 at Weymouth Street. Following a goalless first half, sixth-placed Warminster kicked into action after the interval and broke the deadlock within three minutes of the restart thanks to an own goal, before last week’s hat-trick hero Gary Higdon headed home to level for the Quarrymen. Corsham then nabbed all three points thanks to Will Stead who reacted quickest to the loose ball, after Leigh Rogers had seen his spot kick saved by Tom Drewitt in the Warminster goal. 

FA Vase: Tavistock booked their place in the fourth round of the Vase after storming to a 4-0 win away at Buckland. The Lambs were dominant for much of the contest, scoring twice in either half to progress, with Jack Crago and Liam Prynn putting them two goals to the good at the interval. Tallan Burns then extended the lead to three, before second-half sub Jordan Annear lobbed the home keeper form the halfway line to complete the scoring 15 minutes from time.

On Sunday, Bridgwater followed up their one-sided victory in the league with a dramatic penalty shootout triumph away at Brimscombe & Thrupp. By coming from behind twice during the 90 minutes, and then winning 5-4 on spot kicks, Town have reached the fourth round of the competition for the first time in 16 years. Ben Kirk tapped home Bridgwater’s first equaliser midway through the first half, only for the hosts to retake the lead early in the second period. With less than six minutes remaining, Tom Fry produced a moment of magic, whipping home a free kick from 25 yards out to make it 2-2, sending the game to penalties. An early miss from Sam Crumb put Town in a perilous position, but Jake Viney came to the rescue, and his second save proved to be the winning moment to set up a tie with Tavistock in January.