2015–16 Western Football League

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Western Football League
Season 2015–16

The 2015–16 Western Football League season (known as the 2015–16 Toolstation Western Football League for sponsorship reasons) is the 114th in the history of the Western Football League, a football competition in England. Teams are divided into two divisions; the Premier and the First. The league's constitution was announced on 11 June 2015.[1]

Premier Division[edit]

The Premier Division was increased from 19 clubs to 21, and features four new clubs after Slimbridge were promoted to Southern League Division One South & West, and Bishop Sutton were relegated to the First Division.

Seven clubs applied for promotion to Step 4: Barnstaple Town, Brislington, Bristol Manor Farm, Buckland Athletic, Odd Down, Melksham Town and Street.[2] Odd Down failed the ground grading requirements, and Melksham's new ground will not be ready in time for next season.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Odd Down (C) 38 28 4 6 98 45 +53 88
2 Barnstaple Town (P) 38 27 4 7 78 33 +45 85 Promotion to Southern League Division One S&W
3 Bristol Manor Farm 38 25 5 8 109 44 +65 80
4 Buckland Athletic 38 24 6 8 91 34 +57 78
5 Melksham Town 38 22 7 9 65 38 +27 73
6 Willand Rovers 38 21 7 10 72 52 +20 70
7 Street 38 20 5 13 82 63 +19 65
8 Bradford Town 38 19 5 14 91 58 +33 62
9 Gillingham Town 38 16 8 14 75 65 +10 56
10 Shepton Mallet 38 18 7 13 61 52 +9 052
11 Brislington 38 14 5 19 44 64 −20 47
12 Cadbury Heath 38 11 10 17 66 77 −11 43
13 Sherborne Town 38 10 10 18 50 70 −20 40
14 Bitton 38 11 6 21 55 73 −18 39
15 Cribbs 38 10 7 21 55 72 −17 37
16 Bridport 38 10 6 22 51 90 −39 36
17 Hallen 38 11 3 24 49 94 −45 36
18 Longwell Green Sports 38 10 7 21 45 90 −45 036
19 Clevedon Town 38 6 6 26 33 100 −67 24
20 Welton Rovers (R) 38 4 8 26 42 98 −56 20 Relegation to the First Division
21 Winterbourne United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Resigned from the league, record expunged

Updated to games played on 7 May 2016.
Source: [1].
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Winterbourne United resigned in December 2015 and their record of P15 W3 D0 L12 GF21 GA39 ₧9 was expunged.[3]
‡ Shepton Mallet were deducted 12 points for fielding an ineligible player.[4]
† Longwell Green Sports were deducted one point, and Shepton Mallet awarded three points (reason unknown).
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

First Division[edit]

The First Division was reduced from 22 clubs to 21, and features two new clubs after the promotion of Barnstaple Town, Cribbs and Welton Rovers to the Premier Division:

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Chipping Sodbury Town (C) (P) 40 23 7 10 84 52 +32 76 Promotion to the Premier Division
2 Wells City (P) 40 23 7 10 91 61 +30 76
3 Chard Town 40 22 8 10 70 49 +21 74
4 Oldland Abbotonians 40 22 6 12 81 54 +27 72
5 Cheddar 40 21 9 10 81 57 +24 72
6 Portishead Town 40 20 10 10 83 52 +31 70
7 Hengrove Athletic 40 21 7 12 57 37 +20 70
8 Ashton & Backwell United 40 20 9 11 86 56 +30 066
9 Keynsham Town 40 20 6 14 84 65 +19 66
10 Corsham Town 40 17 9 14 81 61 +20 60
11 Almondsbury UWE 40 16 8 16 75 56 +19 56
12 Wellington 40 15 10 15 71 56 +15 55
13 Radstock Town 40 16 6 18 67 71 −4 54
14 Chippenham Park 40 14 11 15 51 52 −1 53
15 Calne Town 40 15 7 18 60 76 −16 52
16 Wincanton Town 40 13 7 20 75 90 −15 46
17 Warminster Town 40 13 7 20 52 75 −23 46
18 Roman Glass St George 40 11 7 22 71 95 −24 40
19 Devizes Town 40 11 5 24 55 107 −52 38
20 Westbury United 40 8 6 26 50 98 −48 30
21 Bishop Sutton 40 2 2 36 29 134 −105 8

Updated to games played on 7 May 2016.
Source: [2].
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Ashton & Backwell United were deducted three points.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.toolstationleague.com/
  2. ^ "Promotion applications for clubs aiming for Step 4". The FA. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Winterbourne United resign from Toolstation Western League". Non League Daily. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Shepton Mallet thumped after learning of 12-point deduction". Shepton Mallet journal. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 

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