August 28, 2018 at 10:06 pm #16461
The university lose again tonight. It is a shame that there league position and potentially other teams league positions are determined by when they have their matches. Beginning of the season and university breaks can make a massive difference.
Is not possible for them to play more midweek games where teams have floodlights during periods when they have better availability.
When at full strength they are some side!
Only a discussion and not a rant!
August 28, 2018 at 10:32 pm #16462
The problem with the midweek idea is that in term times University play in the Wednesday afternoon BUCS student sports league and cannot play midweek in the SWP at the same time.
August 29, 2018 at 12:32 pm #16468
Either way then they potentially impact the league standings.
Be interesting to see their results from the mid of September through to early December
August 29, 2018 at 1:33 pm #16479
They have been in the league at Step 7 for the best part of the last 20 years, and it’s always been a bit of a problem in that they must start the same date as other teams or that would not be fair, but by having that they don;t have their best team either.
I would say that in some years they have picked up more points in August and have not been as weak as they seem to be this year, which is as bad a start as I have ever seen by them.
With the re-structure and the likelihood of them being at Step 7 in a Devon League the issue should be less as those divisions will be capped at 16 clubs meaning less fixtures, 6 less than this season, although they will still be weaker or stronger at certain times of that schedule too, just not as many August games I would suspect as they have to at present as a non floodlit team in a 19 team division.
August 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm #16480
Is the two premier leagues next year 19 teams.
Are there enough clubs with the relevant facilities for two divisions?
August 29, 2018 at 2:13 pm #16481
Maximum of 20 in each, that may mean 2 x 18’s, 2 x 19’s or 2 x 20’s
Quite a few clubs in East & West have the facilities to step up, a few spaces maybe filled by clubs outside the SWP with the facilities if spaces, plus some clubs are likely to take advantage of dispensation to take the jump and improve their grounds with the help of grant money.
August 29, 2018 at 2:50 pm #16483
Will there be promotion and relegation to and from the Devon league?
Is there a champions play of between the two premier winners?
Are you thinking the likes of Torquay or even teams coming back in from the Western league.
August 29, 2018 at 4:25 pm #16485
Yes their will be formal Promotion & Relegation links between the SWP 2 Divisions and the 2 County Leagues (Devon & Cornwall).
We have not yet decided exactly how the two Champions will meet – Choices would be either in an end of season type final or play off match, or the two would meet in the pre-season Charity Bowl final. Either way they would certainly meet.
The 2 divisions of the SWP will both be Step 6 so the current Western League clubs in Devon are Step 5 so they are not likely to join. As for a Torquay United or other senior club running a reserve team that is possible, but the maximum of 40 places will be allocated first to clubs currently within the SWP’s three divisions, only if any vacancies were to remain would we look at outside the current setup.
August 29, 2018 at 7:25 pm #16486
how many clubs currently in the three divisions have floodlights or planning to have floodlights and meet step 6 regulations?
Is western league premier step 5 and div 1 step 6?
August 29, 2018 at 8:59 pm #16487
All 19 Premier sides have lights and 15 of the East & West sides have lights, so 34 all told.
Several others have, or are trying to get, planning permission for lights.
Regarding your other question – Yes Western Premier is Step 5 and Western Div 1 and SWP Premier are both Step 6.
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