Toolstation Western League
Published 25th June 2011
....was finally rubberstamped at the League’s AGM, despite a last-gasp challenge from relegated Wellington.
The Bees finished third in Division One last season but were granted a spot in the top-flight after runners-up Oldland Abbotonians’ ground failed to reach the required standards – an outcome that was heavily disputed by the Wellies at last week’s meeting.
Chairman Scadding said: “Wellington put forward a proposal saying that only one team should go up and one should go down.
“Whether they did that just because they finished second-bottom in the Premier Division I do not know but a ballot was held and the result was 44-6 in favour of keeping it two up, two down.
“I must admit my heart was pumping a little bit when the ballot was held as it could have gone either way.
“They only wanted it for this year and said it should be something that is revisited at the end of each season but the unanimous outcome has made that a no-no and kept everything straightforward.”
Former loanee Sam Charles and ex-defender Gary McAuley are both expected to return for pre-season but manager Trevor Senior has played down rumours linking the club with goalkeeper Regan Coward, who is currently out of contract at Blue Square Bet South neighbours Dorchester Town.
He said: “I have not spoken to Regan at all because if Sam Filkins is going to travel back each week, I am more than happy with him.”