Week 17

By Paul Gladstone

Chelsea nearly there

Chelsea nearly there
The end of the league season is nigh, but a number of teams in the Prem still have
(quite a few) games to play. At the top, West London Rams have a game in hand on
Chelsea, but that’s unlikely to have much of an impact on the destination of the title.
Chelsea are very much in the box seat and if they win their final two games (against
Kew Park Rangers and Nottsborough) they will be league champions.
Despite the plethora of games still to play, there was only one game in the Prem last
week. That was a contest that had a significant bearing on who’d end up in the final
Champions’ League spot. The Whippets came out on top, defeating Claygate 4-3.
That win sees them now eight points clear of fifth and almost certain to finish fourth.
Good week for the Whistlers
There were four games in Division One, although unfortunately only three managed
to reach a conclusion. A medical incident in the Wandsworth v West Kensington
Kings game prompted an abandonment. Thankfully the player involved is ok and
recovering in hospital. Good wishes from everyone involved in the league out there.
Elsewhere, Acton Ealing Whistlers secured their Division One survival thanks to a 3-
0 win against relegation-threatened Laleham & Kempton. Dewayne Carrington-
Jones was his usual lively self and he bagged two goals in the first half. Peter
Hurwood then notched a third to wrap things up in the second period.
The defeat leaves Laleham in a perilous position at the bottom. They are now five
points adrift of safety. They do still have three games to play (two against
Wandsworth Borough and one against WKK) but they are likely to have to win all
three to stay up.
Civil Service, meanwhile, can already begin preparing for Division Two football next
season. They came off second best against Double H (5-0) and remain a further
point behind Laleham & Kempton. They only have two games left (another against
Double H and WKK) and they will need to win both and hope (a lot of) other results
go their way if they are to stay up.
The final game of the day in this division saw third meet fourth. And, the irresistible
force met the immovable object. No goals as Army Crusaders and Old Actonians
both fired blanks.
Relegation Play-Off Incoming
Division 2 is now all but done, although the one game that is left is in effect a
relegation play off.
Old Tiffinians will meet Putney Vale Rangers on Saturday in a game where it’s all on
the line. Putney Vale Rangers need to win by two goals to pull off something of a
Houdini act and escape the drop. A Tiffs’ win or a draw (or indeed a 1-0 win for PVR)
and Tiffs survive.

At the top the title was decided on Saturday when Latimer Road beat an up and
down Old Meadonians 6-1. That win meant that Latimer ended two points clear of
Ascot United’s second string. Both sides go up and indeed both have secured back-
to-back promotions. Respect due.
Bank of England IIs and Old Lyonians finished off their respective campaigns when
they met in Roehampton. The Bank will be very pleased with the result, they won 2-
1. Always good to finish the season with a win (particularly if it’s your first all season).
Lyonians won’t be too downhearted, they had a ropey start to the season but
recovered well to end mid-table.
Clapham join Ruislip in going up
There is also one game left in Division Three, although it’ll have precisely zero
impact on the final placings. Croxley Green travel to champions Ruislip Rangers to
round the league season off.
Clapham Old Xaverians will be promoted alongside Ruislip. They finished their
season with a resounding 9-0 win against Croxley. That win means that Clapham
and MMB both finish on 24 points, but Clapham’s goal difference is much the
stronger so they edge through.
Saturday 27 th April sees a full round of fixtures in both the Prem and Div 1. Go well

Where next?

Match Day 16 Round Up April is going to be a busy old month in the WLVFL

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