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Both Sides of the Tamar

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  1. I love the SWPL and see lots of games, mostly in the West division. It has been great that 'the West' incorporated all Cornish Clubs at this level, bar Millbrook and Torpoint. However, maybe the good days of the league are numbered? Surely coming seasons may see the 'big clubs' like Mousehole, St Austell, St Blazey, Newquay and others leave for the WL after SWPL success..... Maybe even Bodmin who have been averse to moving up the pyramid too 😉 Will anyone want to be left behind? The medium term impact could be no well supported clubs, poorer grounds and a poorer product. I hope not.
  2. 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 stron
  3. Living on the Tamar border the Cornish Times supplement covers most of the teams I watch regularly. Sindie doesn't do proper match reports from either Devon or Cornwall. I think it just lifts stuff from twitter feeds, FB and websites. A once great essential paper now without merit.
  4. That's the way it's shaping up. For all Helston's 'poor form' it's only one league defeat, so still the team to beat once they hit form? Would be nice if Dobwalls and Camelford didn't fall away. The latter were a joy to watch in their unlucky loss to the Ashes.
  5. Smashing club are Launceston - hope Dan can make them more competitive. Always enjoy a trip to Pennygillam,
  6. Make you largely right. Thought Blazey were gutsy, but Helston more fluent on the ball. It was a shame that having gone in front and created chances in the first 45 that the home side sat too deep and invited pressure on themselves. Their ball retention was poor and without an out ball, it pinged straight back and put the green and black on the back foot. Two good finishes by Buchan and 2-2 it ended. Not a pretty or high quality game, but absorbing from start to finish. I enjoyed it! My first visit to Blaise Park - loved everything about it.
  7. Was the best player (IMO) in SWPL West last season. Great workrate, team ethic and finishing. What more do people want from a striker? One of a handful of players that attract me to a game to see their individual performance. Top, top player!
  8. Firstly, let me state I am NOT a Helston AFC fan, but perspective needed! The 'haters' are crowing way too early!! Yes, Helston are spending big time to achieve their goals, as are Plymouth Parkway in the Western League. There is a big difference though. With PPFC its all about the first team. At Helston they are looking to develop the club it seems, with a strong youth section, reserves and women's team, so I don't have the feelings for them that I do for PPFC, not that I 'hate' them either!! I do admire Massey's commitment and love of football as an ex-pro too. Further, for me, anyone
  9. Helston will walk the West division title - as they should with their squad / budget. A guess but Mousehole 2nd, Bodmin 3rd, Saltash 4th. I'm assuming Bodmin will pick up from a poor start. East - difficult to call, between NA Spurs, Brixham, Torpoint and possibly Millbrook.
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