Three new teams as local League flourishes...

THE addition of three new teams at it’s AGM has seen the Perry Street & District League buck the current trend for leagues struggling to keep their membership numbers up.

Applications from Crewkerne Rangers 3rds, Ilminster Town B and Merriott Wildcats were approved at the well attended meeting held at Perry Street Club last night (Thursday). Just one team has folded – Chard United All Stars who had another tough season and collected a fourth wooded spoon in their five year existence.

New chairman Steve Holton thanked his fellow officers for their guidance in his first year in office and paid tribute to his predecessor Jim Jowatt who sadly passed away last year. Members then paid a their respects with a minute’s silence in memory of Mr Jowatt and also much respected PSDL figures Ivor Lock, Peter Baulch and Kevin Norminton who died in the past 12 months.

Mr Holton also commented on the challenging season just completed which saw half a the season’s fixtures still to be played at the beginning of March due to the adverse weather and praised the efforts of Fixtures secretary Richard White in getting the matches played.

Mr Holton requested an improvement in the attitude towards referees and appealed for more players who maybe coming towards of their playing days to come forward and become referees.

A presentation of Like Membership was then made to Pymore’s Brian Tither for his 20-years of service on the league committee.

The annual awards were made to the following; Dennis Parsons Top Goalscorer – Alex Clist (Thorncombe, 53 in 32 matches, Linesman of the Year – Brian Tither (Pymore), Secretary of the Year – Joe Carter (Waytown Hounds), Bob Hall Fair Play – Chard United All Stars.

It was also discussed that the League may opt to address the format of two of the 12 knockout cups that are spread across the four divisions with the Misterton-based Reg Eglon trophy possibly becoming an early season competition to be played by teams from Division Two and Three. It was also discussed that the Ken Hodges cup would be moving from the now defunct Drimpton club to Ilminster as an end of season competition to played for by teams who had no back log of fixtures.

There was good news for the leagues referees who will now be paid their expenses for officiating cup finals from the league’s coffers.

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