2021/22 Season Preview – Division 2

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 2 for the 2021/22 season.

Division Two of the Shoestrings-Chargrill sponsored Chippenham & District Sunday Football League promises to be a fine one and I suspect many a high scoring fixture on a weekly basis.

Calne Athletic find themselves top of the tree at the start of September, albeit by factor of alphabetical order this early on but they will hoping to see themselves in that very same position come the end of April(or May weather permitting!) as Steve Browning’s Athletic have been vastly improving and knocking on the door over the years.

Athletic’s derby rivals will be keen to ensure that Calne does have its name on the divisional trophy, Callum Horne’s Calne United will also be looking to get off to a good start after finding themselves in the third tier of the CDSFL. In Chris Halliday and Ashley Monaghan they potentially have the goals to provide stiff competition for the rest of this division.

The moniker of favourites for this division would probably have to lie with Tom Perkins’ The Castle FC who may well be slightly aggrieved(or pleased) to have found themselves in Division 2 when the placements were decided having looked very competent in the same division, which comprised of 11 teams last season last season. Matthew Tilley had a great goals to games ratio with 6 in 5 starts so there is likely to be some confidence in the ranks going in to the season ahead.

In a similar situation is FC Box formerly Spartak Rudloe who were more than holding their own in the same division as Castle with Andy Wilkins pulling the strings in midfield. With James Whitehead and Stuart Donnelly potentially bringing in some players from the golden Corsham Centre era then there is some potential for a bit of sparkle down at Box Recreation Ground this season.

A team who may potentially profit from the new league structure this year is Chris Simpkins’ Kingfisher FC who find themselves in Division 2 for the forthcoming season. Kingfisher are another team where the manager will be hoping they can stay injury free and bring good numbers to matches, if they do, they remain a very competitive side.

Will Green will be hoping that his Old Road side can rediscover some of the form from a couple of seasons back that made them one of the toughest sides in the division about. They could very well be another tough nut to crack should they be able to get themselves back to the level.

If squad size was to win you medals then Fox & Hounds (Warminster) would certainly be wearing some gold around their necks with no less than 33 players currently signed on. If Mark Davies can call on all of those players as well as keeping the harmony in the squad then this could well be vital come in the final couple of months of the upcoming season.

That being said, Dale Raine and Aaron Burbridge will certainly be hoping that they can start this season as they did the last. with 3 wins and 2 losses before the season was curtailed showing that their Steeple Ashton side are not to be taken lightly, a good start could well see them gain some early momentum in this division as early pacesetters.