Sodbury snatch title in last gasp drama

June 01 2016

Chipping Sodbury Town FC are celebrating after securing a second promotion in two seasons. The Toolstation Western League Div 1 title came to Sodbury after a tense last day when the team, who were in third place, put in a stellar performance and other results went their way.

Chipping Sodbury Town FC

Chipping Sodbury Town FC are celebrating after securing a second promotion in two seasons.  The Toolstation Western League Div 1 title came to Sodbury after a tense last day when the team, who were in third place, put in a stellar performance and other results went their way.
After a steady start to the season, by late November Sodbury had hit top spot, and were to stay there foruntil April when injuries finally caught up with them and they dropped to 3rd.
The team were 3rd going into the last game, 3 points and 6 goals behind the leaders Wells City.  By half time Wells were 1-0 down and Sodbury were 1-0 up away at Calne Town; leaving them 4 goals behind on goal difference and needing 5 to win it. With 3 formation changes Sodbury turned up the heat and were soon 5-0 up with Wells still 1-0 down with 10 mins to go.
Sodbury then scored their 6th to put them 1 goal ahead on goal difference and the away support erupted, especially as news soon filtered through the Oldland had gone 2-0 up!  Sodbury had won the league on goal difference.  Unfortunately the League officials hadn’t expected the turn of events and had brought the runners up trophy and medals to the Sodbury game.
Sodbury manager Karl Reese will now lead the team into the Toolststion Premier Division, mixing with teams with very big budgets.  They will also be in FA competitions for the 1st time.
Karl was quick to divert praise on to his players and what they had achieved, saying “They have worked their socks off from day one. There’s a real togetherness in this group and the table doesn’t lie.  They deserve all the credit in the world, I’m so proud of them all and Gary Powell my assistant coach has been a massive part of our success too”.
Karl is also in the running to be voted Toolstation manager of the year at the awards ceremony in Torquay. He has been quick to arrange pre season games for next season which includes the likes of Bath City & Yate Town visiting.
Full pre season fixtures as follows:
Bath City (h) 06/07 7:30pm
Malmesbury Vic (a) 09/07 3pm
Yate Town (h) 20/07 7:30pm
Radstock Town (a) 23/07 3pm
Brimscombe (h) 30/07 3pm

Sodbury Reserves go up as champions

It wasn’t just the Sodbury’s first team who were celebrating being promoted as champions.  The reserve team mirrored the first’s by bagging a second promotion in a row, as Les Theobold writes.
This season was always going to be a tough one after gaining promotion to the Bristol and District League Senior Division.
As the team settled into the season we started to play with great enthusiasm and a style of football that was a credit to the club. During the season the team went on a 13 game unbeaten run which elevated us to the top of the league. The season was shaping up  to be very close between the top five sides, who we still had to play. If we won five games of the last eight of the season we would be Champions. It got off to a good start when we beat Bradley Stoke, De Veys and Patchway Town.
Then a local derby against Rangeworthy; who were bottom of the table. Two local teams trying to get the better of each other. It ended in a 1-1 draw; not a disaster as other teams around us failed to win.
Our next game was  against Pucklechurch, another local team who were in mid-table with nothing to really play for, and we lost 4-2.  This now meant we were no longer in control of our destiny, but the other teams in contention could not capitalise.
We won the next two games which meant Wick away would be the championship game. The players looked nervous, but once we scored the first goal, we settled down and yet again played great football. We scored again mid-way through the second half to confirm winning the Senior League. This led to great celebrations after the final whistle, something that continued back at our clubhouse.

Mid-table for thirds as weather takes its toll

Richard Bisp takes us through a tricky season for Chipping Sodbury’s third team.
For the third team it’s been a hard season, having had to play half our season within a hectic last few weeks after bad weather.   Only playing two games in twelve weeks which does not help.
The players have been fantastic, playing three times a week is not easy and to finish mid table is a great result. I used in excess of forty players over the season which makes it difficult to find any kind of consistency. Being a third team you have to bring on the youngsters and supply the teams above as well as win games.
We are getting better each season and hope to be pushing for honours soon . We have had a good core to the side with Ben Player, Mark Endicott, Luke England, Jamie Bradford, James Bisp, and captain Luke Derham being the pick of the bunch.
We have some good youngsters in Cameron Winter , Eddie Gray  and Casey Brown who are all progressing well and hopefully with the under 18’s coming through, the future for the thirds looks bright for the club overall.

Under 18s

The U18’s started the season well in the Bristol Central division only losing three out of the first 9 league games. There were no games due to the weather for two months which affected the team’s performance but they finished the season with a strong performance and finished the league a credible fourth.