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Quite a lot of people have posted this season saying how the balance has shifted to the Devon clubs, yet looking at the SWPL (P) league table almost at the end of the season, we can see that all four bottom clubs are from Devon.

Also, speaking to Plymstock officials today, they have had experience of playing in both SWPL East and SWPL West, and they mentioned how much of a better standard the SWPL West is.

Balance shifted to Devon clubs? Certainly not.

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At the time of me posting this the league table below is up to date.

Pts

BODMIN TOWN 86 (Cornwall)

IVYBRIDGE TOWN 70 (Devon)

BUCKLAND ATHLETIC 68 (Devon)

PLYMOUTH PARKWAY 67 (Devon)

SALTASH UNITED 63 (Cornwall)

TAVISTOCK* 61 (Devon)

DARTMOUTH 55 (Devon)

TORPOINT ATHLETIC 53 (Cornwall)

CULLOMPTON RANGERS 49 (Devon)

LAUNCESTON 45 (Cornwall)

ST.BLAZEY 42 (Cornwall)

WITHERIDGE 41 (Devon)

WADEBRIDGE TOWN 38 (Cornwall)

FALMOUTH TOWN 31 (Cornwall)

LISKEARD ATHLETIC31 (Cornwall)

HOLSWORTHY 30 (Devon)

CLYST ROVERS29 (Devon)

NEWTON ABBOT SPURS 26 (Devon)

ELBURTON VILLA 18 (Devon)

The whole league looks pretty balanced to me.

6 Devon Teams in the top ten and 4 Cornwall

5 Devon Teams in the bottom ten and 4 Cornwall

As for East v West having seen both Bovey Tracey and Exeter Civil Service this season i am sure both teams could hold their own in the Premier just as im sure teams like Penazance and Newquay from the west would aswell.

My conclusion their is no balance of power to either county all three leagues are good

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5 out of the top 7 clubs are from Devon. Also there are 8 clubs from Cornwall and 11 from Devon. Tells its own story really. Seriously though its about time clubs took the next step up to the Western League

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Guest The Judge aka RED OR DEAD

5 out of the top 7 clubs are from Devon. Also there are 8 clubs from Cornwall and 11 from Devon. Tells its own story really. Seriously though its about time clubs took the next step up to the Western League

Not too difficult if you are based around Exeter as Bristol is a short hop up the M5, but would Falmouth, Saltash or Liskeard who have all been there, done that, be able to afford the travelling costs these days ? The days of 500+ crowds in the Western League are long gone. Truro couldn't have done it without one mans money, so why the pressure on other Cornish clubs who clearly can't afford it. Currently, the Western Prem has a top milage of 1,816 (Bideford) and average gates of 83. The SWPL Prem, top miles 1,360 and average gates of 96.

Other Step 5 leagues top milage per season include United Counties Prem at 1,146, average crowds of 89.

Sussex County One, top miles 741, gates 83. Spartan Sth Midlands, top miles 774, gates 57. NW Counties Prem, top miles 1,214, gates 93. Combined Counties Prem, top miles 639, gates 63.

Surely, the call should be to make the SWPL Prem a Step 5 Division and thus attract the likes of Bideford, Barnstaple, Dawlish, Ilfracombe, Elmore and Willand who would possibly benefit from such a change. The E/W Divs should be Step 6 and be forced to upgrade grounds where necessary. If you really want to progress football in the SW, then create a league with clubs who have facilities, such as floodlights, seating etc.

Our own Step 7 West div has a top milage of 857 and gates of 72, the East top milage is 957 and gates of 68. These figures are not that far off some of the Step 5 leagues. It is about time that the restructuring was restructured and give football down here a real Pyramid with automatic promotion and relegation.

Various clubs upcountry are being relegated or denied promotion due to ground gradings, some are being moved across leagues. This clearly shows that the FA have not got it right, not just here in the SW but all over the country.

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Don't forget some of the Devon clubs always played with the Cornish clubs so could look at it differently.

6 or 7 out of top 10 are ex South Western League and 3 or 4 ex Devon League (embarrased to say can't remember which league Ivybridge came from, Devon I think)

Different dimension on the political/geographical conspiracy theories?

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