Sunday 5th September brings the start of what everyone hopes will be an unbroken Shoestrings-Chargrill sponsored Chippenham & District Sunday Football League season for the first time in 2 years and here is the rundown of Division 1 for the 2021/22 season.
This division really has all the hallmarks to be one of the most exciting for many a year with a number of teams in this division truly believing and rightly so that a push for the title is well within their grasp, especially with the late withdrawal of Bremhill View from proceedings.
Lavis FC will head into this season possibly as very marginal favourites with their success in the RP Clarke Sheds & Fencing sponsored WG Parr Trophy last season. Lavis, who of course was formed and named in the memory of the late Pete Lavis by Aaron Latchem will be hoping that Jack Booth can continue finding the back of the net in the same regularity as last season when he fired them to cup victory.
Closely behind will be Andy Anderson’s Beeches FC who also found themselves in a final last year, albeit as a battling runner up in the Gooding Accounts sponsored Subsidiary Cup. That run which also included beating a free scoring Sutton Benger in the semi-final will no doubt give them some great confidence going into the new season and with Steve Ball leading the line then anything is well and truly possible.
That brings us nicely on to Kai Flack’s Sutton Benger who will also be looking to add The Button’s name to that list of possible winners after enjoying their best season for a number of years with another cup semi-final appearance off of the back of a promising start to the league season.
Despite the loss of James Weston to a ruptured achilles, there is still hope that there will be a push towards the top of the league. Goals are often shared around with this team with key men being James Hernandez, Ethan Jones and the evergreen Jason Cole but with the addition of Tom Stratton to the ranks this could be the final piece of the puzzle that Flack has been looking for.
Royal Oak FC enjoyed a fabulous season in 2019/20 when they would have claimed the Division 2 title with 16 wins from 16 before they were cruelly denied silverware when the league was curtailed early due to COVID19. They will hope that Ryan Campbell handing over the reins to Richard Tandy this season will not be too disruptive and the new boss will be hoping that himself and Sam Curren can find their scoring boots once more to propel them to the higher echelons of this division.
Pack Horse are another team not to be taken lightly at all and Gary Williamson and Darren Legg are assembling a side that could very well surprise a few this season. Adam Shipman is a player that makes this team tick and if Josh Madle can continue where he left off last season, then again we have another team capable of having their name engraved on the league title at the end of year.
Biddestone FC look to have lost a couple of players during the summer and the loss of the pace Ryan Armstrong to the team could mean that Geroge Marshallsay could be in for a long season if their recruitment has not been up to scratch during the off season.
Finally, Allistair Johnson’s Sporting Box have proved a more than competitive side that has consolidated themselves in the first division over the last few seasons and they will be hoping that Nathan Baldwin will be able to find the goals to give them a further push in the right direction.