Looking back at the 2019/2020 Western League Premier!
The 2019-2020 season was announced null and void on the 9th April with the Western League Premier Division dominated by the Devon clubs once again with three of the four Devon sides in the top five.
When football was suspended Tavistock sat top of the table, however they could have been over taken by Plymouth Parkway or Bradford Town who both had games in hand. At the bottom of the table Odd Down (Bath) and Wellington found themselves adrift with three wins each.
Having missed out on promotion to the Southern League on the final day of the previous season Plymouth Parkway were the favourites to win the league at the second attempt and started the season with the demolition of Cadbury Heath running out 7-1 victors. Parkway had a strong strike force as the club brushed past several opponents beating Odd Down (10-0), Bridport (5-0), Bitton (5-1), Hallen (5-0), Chipping Sodbury Town (5-2) and Cadbury Heath again (5-0).
Tavistock, playing their first season in the Western League, had a slow start to the league as they didn't play a single league game for over a month between August 21st and September 28th. However the club had a fantastic run in the FA Cup beating Hengrove Athletic (3-0), Frome Town (2-1), Shepton Mallet (2-1 after a replay) and Highworth Town (4-0) before losing 4-1 to National League South Welling United just 180 minutes from the First Round Proper. A superb achievement.
At the bottom of the table Odd Down struggled for points having lost every match since the end of September with early victories against Roman Glass St George (2-1), Brislington (5-1) and Wellington 3-1 being their only victories all season. Wellington also struggled for victories as they only managed to beat Tavistock (3-1), Brislington (3-0) and Odd Down (5-0).
As August came to an end Bitton sat top of the league with three wins and a loss ahead of Plymouth Parkway and Bradford Town on goal difference. Odd Down also found themselves level on points but what they didn't realise at the time was that the only direction they would travel would be down the league. Roman Glass St George and Wellington were the only two teams to end August without a point on the board and Cribbs were only the third team without a win.
Come the end of September Plymouth Parkway sat at the top with Bitton pushed down to fifth. Chipping Sodbury Town, who were third from bottom had the worst goal difference in the league with -24. Buckland Athletic had a very slow start to the season and sat in fourteenth spot.
As Wellington picked up form Chipping Sodbury Town dropped to the foot of the tablewith Bridport not far ahead. Tavistock found themselves in seventeenth but had played a lot less games than most. Bradford Town and Plymouth Parkway continued to battle it out at the top of the table throughout October and Bridgwater Town was chasing from third.
In November Bridgwater Town struggled to keep up with the top two and dropped to sixth below Hallen, Clevedon Town and Exmouth Town. Westbury United beat Keynsham Town 6-2 as Keynsham had a month to forget losing their other league games against Clevedon Town (4-3), Cribbs (6-2) and Buckland Athletic 1-0.
As the year came to an end Shepton Mallet had a Christmas to remember as they beat Buckland Athletic (4-2) Wellington (5-0), Hallen (3-1), Odd Down (4-0) and Chipping Sodbury Town (6-0) whilst also drawing 1-1 with Clevedon Town. Bradford Town finished the year top of the table whilst Odd Down sat bottom of the league. Tavistock ended the year in seventh place slowly climbing the table.
Exmouth Town won four of their five games in January and sat in fifth spot still in the chasing pack but couldn't catch up with the top two who won all of their games in the month.
As January drew to a close the season was only going to go down hill with the presence of Storms Ciara and Dennis making football almost impossible before the coronavirus pandemic saw the season end early. Tavistock climbed to the top of the league on the eleventh of March but who knows who would've won the league with Plymouth Parkway and Bradford Town having games in hand.