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  1. Firstly welcome Saltash United, Helston & Millbrook to the WL. I can't comment on the financial implications of joining the WL, but playing wise there's nothing to fear. My perspective is that of Buckland Athletic fan, who has watched a lot of WL and SWPL West ⚽ having moved to the Tamar Valley and regularly watching Tavi & the Ashes. Buckland were the first in recent years from Devon to take the step up, followed more latterly by Parkway, Exmouth & Tavi. The latter 3 are arguably the best sides in the division. Teams like Bitton & Bridgwater from further afield are strong too. All the Devon clubs adjusted to WL football quickly. Bucks are rebuilding, but won the Les Phillips Cup not so long ago too. The current squad at the Kimberley I'd expect to finish somewhere between mid table (at worst) or top 6 (at best). Helston will strengthen. Away games, especially midweek, may see more Devon based players utilised, but I expect a similar debut outcome from the Blues. If they spend big, then challenging at the top is a real possibility. I can't comment on Millbrook as I've not seen them live during during either of the last 2 truncated seasons. Does anyone know if Ilfracombe are taking the fourth 'upward movement ' place on offer? In seasons to come surely with SWPL success likely, in due course, if bigger clubs like Falmouth, St Austell, St Blazey, Mousehole, Newquay and others follow suit, then the WL will be exactly that - rather than the 'Greater Bristol League' it became and largely was until the last 2-3 seasons. Add to this mix ambitious Devon clubs doing likewise, then in 5 years time we could have a really strong regional league. It is the way the best clubs will go, maybe even Bodmin might join the party too ;-) I hope so. At last Cornish Clubs are now stepping up to the plate. So happy to see this. Good luck to all 3 clubs flying the flag for Cornwall next season!
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  2. Great to see so much ambition from our local clubs. I think that’s 8 of them that have moved up from the swpl. Meanwhile it’s the year 2031. Bodmin edge past Looe Town and Nanpean Rovers to win their 12th swpl title. This club is all about silverware says manager Darren Gilbert!! 😂😜
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  3. Walking football is for over 50s ladies and gents are welcome , if you are over 50 it's a great way to kick a ball again , non contact , ball to feet , it's great fun , Its growing in Cornwall , there are several clubs around Cornwall Look up on CCFA website for your nearest team , there are competitions, festivals , and hopefully in the near future a league .Dont be fooled by the different you tube videos, it's much more than what you see on there . Oh and there is no running lol , My club Penwith Nomads trains at Penzance astro park Monday nights 7 til 8.30 £3 PER session , we also have our own Facebook page Penwith Nomads . Even if you haven't played football before give it a go , you can meet new and old friends .if you have any questions you can email me at stevenbailey624@gmail.com Cheers Steve Bailey
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  4. Great piece Rob. I would agree, the Cornish clubs don't have anything to fear from the Western League. The obvious first challenge is the extra travelling, Parkway and Tavi both embraced this and made the going away an event. Players, supporters and committee on the same coach made it almost feel like a raiding mission on the way up, and it was then a party bus on the way back. Remember that the Devon clubs were doing this every other week, and got used to it. A trip down to Helston and Millbrook ( especially in mid week), will something new and a trip into the unknown for the WL clubs. While it is commonly agreed that the playing standard at the top levels of the Peninsula is equal to that of the WL, there is more quality down through the league, there isn't a group of whipping boys and you don't get as many lopsided results. The defences are certainly better set up and tighter, and each side has one or two players that can cause problems in attack. Lee Hobbs acknowledged that he had to change the style of Parkway's play after a few games in the WL in their first season, and a few players were changed around. This will probably be the case for the promoted clubs. I would imagine that all three of the Cornish clubs will be speaking to mates involved at Parkway and Tavi in order to pick up any hints and info on the season ahead, and what is needed. I wouldn't be surprised to see one or two of Parkway's fringe players (or those who can't/ don't want to, commit to step 4 football), make the move to Kimberley.
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  5. I play walking football for Troon and I would thoroughly recommend giving it a go. It's fun, gets the old competitive juices flowing and is a great social occasion. And arguing over who is running and who isn't is always entertaining! For more info about Troon see www.troonafcwalkingfootball.com
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  6. Great news - many thanks to them !
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  7. It will come again. No certainty that clubs promoted to step 5 will stay there, and space is now being created for ambitious clubs to step up into the Peninsula. Even the biggest fans of the South Western/Peninsula West would say that the stagnation caused by no promotion/relegation wasn't good. One big positive to come out of this will be that it gives more spice to the Senior Cup. The Western League clubs will certainly be seen as prize scalps to take, Helston at Falmouth, Saltash at Liskeard and Millbrook at Torpoint for example.
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  8. Sadly Dave, your assertion that ''it won't change much'' is right in my experience. There is within the human psyche of some people, a bloody minded determination to rebel against authority. Shut them down on line and they will find another way to come back harder. Government legislation alone will not alter racial hatred, history has proved that to be a fact. The law has to be changed by bringing in hard penalties against those who racially abuse or attack other people. The government has to be pressed into bringing in changes in the law, to properly tackle this heinous hatred against people of different race.
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  9. Just Parkway. Clubs at the other end of the Western region will face lateral movement into other leagues. Clubs are basically promoted and relegated by step and then divided regionally. If more swpl clubs go up, we will see a westward drift.
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  10. RAPPO

    Parkway exit the Vase

    Any team can have a “bad day at the office” in a one off cup tie and against very good opposition you don’t usually get away with it. Gutted we’re not going to get that all Devon vase quarter final but in a stop start weird to say the least season, I think both Parkway and Tavi are clubs definitely on the up, so take the positives gents and look forward to next season where you’ve got loads to look forward to at Bolitho 👍👏🏼⚽️ Good luck from a proud Cornishman 👊🏼⚽️
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