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Football: Redruth Utd elected to Combination League

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

GOLDEN BOOT: Ludgvan striker Gerens James was the league's leading marksman in 2012-2013.

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THE 55th Cornwall Combination League annual meeting was held at Wendron, where it was confirmed that Jolly's Drinks had agreed to sponsor the league for another three seasons, continuing the longest sponsorship deal of any league in the country by a single company.

Holman SC, who finished bottom of the table, were relegated to the Trelawny League, and so it was announced that Redruth United, who finished as runners-up in the Trelawny, would be promoted in their place.

Dawn Aberdeen, the CCFA's Chief Executive Officer, spoke first about the FA's hope that every league and club has a presence online, especially with regards to results, registration and player suspensions.

Dawn also explained that if a player is sent off in a match he will be suspended automatically 14 days later, and not 21 as had been the case this season.

Another problem encountered was clubs wearing shirts and kit that increasingly clash with black. If a referee at a game thinks a teams kit has too much black, he can ask them to change it. This subject has been mentioned by the league to clubs before, when it had been suggested if a club were buying a new kit perhaps they could email a design of the kit before they purchase it to the Fixtures Secretary for his approval.

Finally she spoke abut the proper rules for transferring and registering players.

The League Committee were voted en bloc to carry on in their positions as there were no other names put forward for the posts. With Holmans being relegated a place had become available on the League Disciplinary Committee and Goonhavern volunteered to fill it, this was accepted by the other clubs.

Next on the agenda were any rule changes, with an important one voted on and passed which will come into effect for the start of next season.

Clubs are now permitted to play up to a maximum of three players in a match who have played at a higher level of competitive foot during the whole of the season. The rule previously allowed a team to field three players from a higher level, plus more if they hadn't played at a higher level for at least eight days. That part of the rule has now been abolished.

The League is aiming to achieve Charter Standard status and to obtain this existing clubs have been given two years to individually become Charter Standard. From next season any team promoted or relegated to the league will have 12 months to achieve that status.

The 2013-2014 season will start on Saturday August 17 and finish on May 31.

There were 1,094 players registered with the league and 77 transfers between clubs over the course of the past season.

Steve Curnow of St Just, assisted by Martyn Kimmins of St Agnes will manage the League's representative side for another year, with Steve saying he has many players interested, and hopes the league can arrange a few fixtures for the team.

The league is in a healthy financial position, having had a small surplus for the season, mostly through the high amount of fines paid out by clubs, and the league treasurer was thanked for his work during the year.

The draw for the preliminary and first rounds of the League Cup were made before the cups and trophies for the past season were presented.

The top three clubs for the Sporting Trophy in ascending order were Hayle reserves, Perranwell and the winners Porthleven reserves.

The top club assistant linesman award went to Jamie Stevens of Ludgvan for the second time in three years.

Paul Windle won the Sid Trembath Shield for the top marked referee for the third successive season.

The Fred Malone Trophy for the team who scored most goals apart from the League Champions, went to St Day, while Ludgvan striker Gerens James picked up the 'Golden Boot' trophy for leading marksman.

The final presentation was for the new Respect Award, jointly won by Hayle reserves and Troon.

League Cup draw:

Prelimimary round: Redruth United v Pendeen Rovers; St Ives Town v St Agnes; Troon v Illogan; Wendron v Perranwell.

First round: Falmouth Town v Penryn Athletic; Mullion v Ludgvan; Newquay v Hayle; RNAS Culdrose v Falmouth Ath; St Day v Redruth Utd or Pendeen; St Just v St Ives or St Agnes; Troon or Illogan v Goonhavern; Wendron or Perranwell v Porthleven.

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