West London Vets’ League Round Up
29 September 2022
West London Vets’ League, we have lift off!
With the onset of October it looks like the West London Vets’ Football League (WLVFL) is finally getting up to speed; a more or less full fixture list is on the agenda across all four divisions and so, weather permitting, we’ll slowly begin to get more of a feel for which sides are shaping up well and which ones might be struggling.
15 games are scheduled for Saturday 1st October with just the one on the agenda for Friday 30th September. That one, entirely predictably, involves Ascot United, and it’s Croxley Community Veterans who travel to the Racecourse Ground for the 19h45 kick off.
Ascot United make their premier division debut
Croxley will come in quietly confident mood. They have played one league game so far and they won it; they beat Nottsborough 2-0 on 17th September. Sporting Kitz and Chelsea Veterans are the only other sides with points on the board in the Prem; Kitz beat the much-fancied West London Rams (4-2) and Chelsea cruised past Polytechnic (6-2).
Dave Good’s Ascot United are yet to play a game in earnest; they were scheduled to host Bank of England (BoE) on 16 September, but BoE weren’t allowed to play on account of that date landing in the official mourning period following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Cue thumb-twiddling for all concerned.
Newly promoted Ascot United will certainly be looking to hit the ground running. They enter the fray with a stronger squad than they had in 2021-22 and indeed decent availability to hand. Do pop down to see how the Vets fair if you’re in the ‘hood.
2nds hit the road
The 2nds are also in action. They travel into West London on Saturday to play Claygate Royals Hounds.
The sides have had contrasting starts to the season. Ascot United 2nds hosted AFC Hampton on Friday 23 September and ran out 4-2 winners. They played some decent stuff although, as is ever the case, there was also plenty for skipper Martin Kay to ponder moving into Week 2 of the season.
Claygate are one of only three sides in the league (Wandsworth Borough and Old Tiffs’ 2nds are the other two) who have already managed to get out on the pitch twice this season. Unfortunately for them, a 3-1 defeat to Old Tiffs and a heavy defeat to Hersham Southside (6-1) mean that they currently remain pointless. They’ll no doubt be looking to do something about that against Ascot’s second string at the weekend.
Elsewhere, Clapham Old Xaverians marked their debut in the league with a 5-0 win against Croxley’s second string and Latmer Road Vets travelled to Old Tiffs and won 3-0.
The game that catches the eye this coming weekend involves two of the sides who gained three points last time out. LatmerRoad Vets welcome the strongly fancied Hersham Southside to Chiswick for what looks on paper like it’ll be an intriguing encounter.
Division One and Division Two
Elsewhere in the league West Kensington Kings (WKK) welcome Wandsworth Borough in what looks the game of the day in Division One. WKK won every game they played in 2021-22 and it’s going to be interesting to see how they rise to the challenge of playing in a higher division. Wandsworth Borough, meanwhile, are perennial promotion chasers and they will be looking to get their season moving following a narrow defeat to Laleham & Kempton and a draw with Whippet Wanderers.
Division Two has only seen two games take place so far; Meadonians won at a canter at Molesey Lighthouse (5-1) and Hillingdon Abbots came out victorious against Old Lyonians(3-1). The Abbots will be looking to continue that positive start when they visit newly promoted BoE IIs. Given that BoE were decent in 2021-22 that may well be the game of the day in this division