Chertsey Town FC - CCL Premier Division Champions 2018/19 & FA Vase Winners

As always, The Wood went into the new season in optimistic mood but they were dismantled in the opening game away at Spelthorne Sports to the tune of 0-4. 

Three days later, at Wibbandune, they were on the board via an exciting 4-3 success against Horley Town but then, having drawn 1-1 away, Wood lost their FA Cup replay 0-2 at Wibbandune to Beckenham Town.

They rose above that disappointment with back to back league wins against Camberley Town and Balham and they made early FA Vase progress via a home extra time win against Stansfeld O & B.

Wood were in the top 4 at this stage but a 0-1 reverse against high flying Banstead Athletic and two draws with Guildford City and Walton & Hersham maintained a rather inconsistent start to the league programme. A disappointing home exit in the FA Vase at home to step 6 Sidlesham Town added to a rather gloomy mood which was temporarily lifted by a 4-1 thumping of Knaphill at Redding Way.

Wood exited from the league cup 3-4 at Banstead and two points from the next available twelve saw a slide down the table. The slump was halted via an excellent home win against a good Southall side and a league double over their Wibbandune tenants Balham but five consecutive away defeats, the last at Cobham saw the threat of relegation looming. They avenged the Cobham defeat by winning there in the Surrey Senior Cup while a 6-2 home trouncing of Badshot Lea improved the league position temporarily. Defeats at Sutton Common Rovers and Guildford City either side of the new year added to the league woes but a spicy county cup win over Abbey Rangers kept the non league season alive via an exciting looking home quarter final against Tooting & Mitcham United. However, five of the next six league games were lost, interspersed by a 5-0 home drubbing of Hanworth Villa.

Wood were definitely in a relegation fight and Ryan Lock stood down as 1st team coach. Tony Hurrell (pictured) took the reins and many were extremely proud of the county cup effort which ended in a very close 1-3 reverse.

All eyes were on the league now and some new recruits arrived to add bite to the spine.

Despite losing at Raynes Park Vale, ten of the next twelve points were secured with thirteen goals scored. Wood were not safe yet and a dismal defeat at CB Hounslow United left them looking down the barrel. However a fine 2-1 home win against AFC Hayes and a 3-3 draw against the champions (where Wood were denied a deserved win by the last kick of the game). Although they slipped up at Badshot Lea, other results went their way and a fine 3-1 win at Merland Rise against Banstead sealed their place in the league next season. A drab home goalless draw against runners up Sutton Common Rovers and an awful 2-6 reverse at Hanworth Villa rounded of a league season of promise early doors.

Wood finished 13th of the 20 clubs by virtue of winning half of the 14 games against teams that finished below them. Wood recorded just two league doubles against Balham and, surprisingly maybe, Camberley Town. Only Spelthorne Sports completed a double against The Wood.

Wood used 59 players throughout the season and three players, Mario Embalo (15), Michael Fahm (12) and the exciting Ali Fofanah (10) made it to double figures goal wise.

Discipline slipped a little at the death resulting in a final total of six red and sixty two yellow card in all league and cup games.

Many thanks to all the players who served the club this season and of course to all the management team and coaches for their sterling efforts.

Elsewhere – Chertsey Town were deserving champions and their win in the FA Vase final at Wembley at May underlined their strength in depth at this level. 

Sutton Common Rovers pushed them right up until April with Abbey Rangers and Southall, on their return to the CCL had good seasons. Raynes Park Vale in 5th recorded their best position in the league for 21 years.

AFC Hayes (surprisingly maybe) and Walton & Hersham occupied the relegation positions.

Division 1 was ultra competitive this season but Sheerwater prevailed by a point from Frimley Green, the two outstanding sides eventually. Premier division football next season is a tremendous reward for Trevor Wenden while Frimley Green were promoted on appeal to the FA.

Tooting Bec, in their first CCL season finished a superb third and their move to Imperial Fields next season should ensure they start as one of the favourites next time round.

Bedfont & Feltham and Farnham Town could not maintain their early blistering pace.

Unfortunately, Cove finished in a distant last place but were reprieved on appeal to the FA.

Many thanks to all the clubs who made us welcome and to all the match officials for their superb efforts.

And finally, thanks to Sue and Henry for the Wibbandune hospitality and to our small but loyal band of supporters. We hope to see you all again in July.

COME ON THE WOOD!!!

Sheerwater FC - CCL Division 1 Champions 2018/19