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Bishop Sutton Crowned Champions

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Bishop Sutton were crowned as champions of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division for the first time….

….following Saturday’s 1-1 draw home with Willand Rovers.

A defeat for nearest challengers Brislington at home to Bridport on Thursday night ensured Lee Lashenko’s men went into the fixture guaranteed of top spot and the visiting players sportingly formed a guard of honour for them before kick-off.

The teams went on to produce an entertaining game for a decent crowd and Sutton wasted four good chances to open the scoring in the first half-hour.

Willand punished them by opening the scoring 5 minutes before the break, following up to score from a tight angle after Ashley Clark did well to parry a powerful shot.

Sutton had to wait until 3 minutes from time for their equaliser, the ever-industrious Pete Sheppard beating the wrong-footed Willand keeper thanks to a deflection.

After the final whistle, Western League officials congratulated a Sutton team with an average age of just 23 on their achievement and presented the cup – which bears such famous names as Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, West Ham and both Bristol clubs – and individual medals.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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