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 who is vying to be top dog for the 2021/22 season.
As always, the pinnacle lies in the Premier Division and despite a couple of teams not being able to take their place the remaining 6 teams are a mixture of some up and coming teams and some of the most successful teams of recent times.
It would be nigh on impossible not to start with Corsham Wildcats. With 2 title wins and 2 runners up places in four consecutive from 2014/15 as well as 2 knockout cup wins and runners up medal during that period, Darrin Moss will certainly be thinking that this could be another year of success being brought to Biddestone Sports Ground. With players like Adam Mitchell providing the goals then this is of course more than possible this coming season.
One of the teams likley to have a different view will be Jordan Kirks’ AFC Melksham who have not found themselves in the top 2 spots since the 2015/16 season. However, they did end their short trophy drought with victory in last seasons AM Print & Copy sponsored Knockout Cup, unbelievably for the first time in their history. With players like Jordan De Silva, Ryan Baggs and new signing Rhys Talmash, they will believe that this is the year that they return to the summit of the CDSFL.
FC Devizes United were the beaten finalists in the aforementioned cup final on that day and that coupled with the strength they were showing in their 100% record in Division 2 before the season was cruelly halted will have Oscar Webster’s being feared. His side certainly have a pedigree goal scorer in their ranks in Jamie Walters and that firepower could well be a pivotal weapon in securing the silverware this season.
Another team more than in with a shout will be FC Lacock having finished runners up in the last full season that was completed before the unfortunate events f the last couple of years. Ryan Ross has had his share of difficulties this pre season with COVID putting paid to some friendly fixtures but when you boast the firepower of Billy Gleed, Rory Davis & Mark Dolman in your side, then silverware is definitely not too far away from your grasp.
Chippenham Icons may well be the dark horses of this Premier Division however having made a number of signings in the last few weeks following the unfortunate news that Bromham Owls would no longer be participating in this years competition. Add those names to the likes of Daniel Fowler, Joseph Hylands & defensive lynchpin Richard Hudson, the Icons could well be a considerable force to be reckoned with this season.
Semington FC are no strangers to success, in fact quite the contrary a Division 2 title in 2002/03 under the former guise of Semington Rovers was followed by the Division 1 title in 2006/07. Under their new title of Semington FC a runners up medal in the AM Print & Copy sponsored Knockout Cup in 2015/16 and another Division 1 title claimed in 2017/18 stamped their place as one of the top sides in the region. Ian Rimmer will be sure to want to ensure that this continues in much the same vein.