The traditional openers to the WESFA season took place with no other teams deciding to start early, it was just the A&H International Sportsmanship Cup, and the Pat Tansley Memorial Cup.
First up at Meridian Sports was the A&H International Sportsmanship Cup between a team of Wesfa Referees and last season's sportsmanship winners Mottingham Forest. A close game of football ensued, and the Referees started by pushing forward, but Mottingham Forest had the first clear chance of the game when James Lowing headed over from inside the 6 yard box. The game went end to end, and the Referees back four of Leonard Boyce, Mick Kempster, Josh Howard and Nana Boakye-Agyman were in superb form, albeit a bit rusty with a couple of tackles.
It was the referees who took the lead, with Rob Columb scoring after some good work down the right wing. Mottingham goalkeeper Freddie Baverstock needed to be quick off his line to deny Marlon Williams after he was put through by Olga Svaikovic.
Into the second half and more of the same, but the referees used their bigger squad to rotate players and keep fresh. More good work on the approach by Manny Nketiah, saw him draw the foul and referee Beth Archer awarded the penalty which was dispatched by Jamal Horne.
Mottingham Forest piled on the pressure in the final 15 minutes, but despite pulling one back through James Moore, the referees held on to seal their first victory in this match in 4 years.
The afternoon game saw League winners Club Santacruzense de Londres play Presidents Cup winners Sabanoh 97. Another end to end game saw Santacruzense come out on top 3-2 to lift the Pat Tansley Memorial Cup.
Apologies for the lack of photos, but an IT problem means no pics until resolved.
The league proper starts this coming Sunday, although Greenwich Council pitches not being ready until the 10th has caused the postponement of a few fixtures.