THERE are four rounds of games to go in the West of England Premier League – and everything to play for at the top and bottom of every division.
This is the time of year when provisional structures for the following season are drafted, and it’s such a complex and complicated job that sorting out Brexit appears in comparison to be a walk in the park.
All attention starts on who will be relegated from Premier One as the knock-on effects will be felt all the way through the cross-county structure of the region’s leading competition and into its four feeder leagues.
Two teams must drop out of Premier One where Frocester and Goatacre currently fill the bottom places.
If they were to remain where they are, both would slip to (Tier Two) Premier Two Glos/Wilts and there would be no relegation to Premier Two Bristol/Somerset which was reduced to nine teams before the start of the season by the withdrawal of Glastonbury.
This scenario would in turn mean no relegation from Premier Two Bristol/Somerset but three teams dropping out of Premier Two Glos/Wilts.
But everything would dramatically change if a Bristol or Somerset side were to finish in the bottom two of Premier One and be relegated to Premier Two Bristol/Somerset.
This division would then have to lose one side with effects that would be felt below in either the (Tier Three) Somerset or Bristol & North Somerset divisions and also their feeder competitions.
The permutations are endless and will almost certainly change before play concludes in the final game on the last Saturday of the season on September 1, but this is how WEPL would look in 2019 – if the season ended now:
Premier One: Clevedon, Bath, Downend, Bristol, Potterne, Bedminster, Bridgwater, Taunton St Andrews, Cheltenham, Lansdown.
Premier Two Bristol/Somerset: Ilminster, Taunton Deane, Weston-super-Mare, Midsomer Norton, Shapwick & Polden, Keynsham, Bishopston, Taunton, North Perrott, Winterbourne.
Premier Two Glos/Wilts: Goatacre, Frocester, Thornbury, Corsham, Dumbleton, Biddestone, Burbage & Easton Royal, Rockhampton, Warminster, Gloucester City Winget.
Somerset Div: Frome, Minehead, Chard, Bridgwater II, North Petherton, Wembdon, Yeovil, Taunton Deane II, Street, Wellington.
Bristol & North Somerset: Knowle, Brislington, Stapleton, Bristol II, Twyford House, Bath II, Congresbury, Frenchay, BWI Phoenix, Nailsea.
Gloucestershire Div: Lechlade, Frocester II, Stroud, Bourton Vale, Tewkesbury, Cheltenham CS, Hatherley & Reddings, Cirencester, Poulton, Painswick.
Wiltshire Div: Trowbridge, Westbury & District, Chippenham, Marshfield, Swindon II, Royal Wootton Bassett, Devizes, Purton, Potterne II, Hinton Charterhouse.