AFC St Austell: Club adds league title in memorable season

Phil Lafferty
It had been more than 40 years since AFC St Austell last won the South West Peninsula League

AFC St Austell have wrapped up a memorable season by securing the South West Peninsula League title.

Phil Lafferty's side beat Bodmin Town 3-0 in front of 525 fans to seal the title with three games to go.

They also won Cornwall's Senior Cup competition this season and came within one game of Wembley by reaching the FA Vase semi-finals.

"I'm a very proud Cornishman and delighted to reward some long-suffering fans," Lafferty told BBC Cornwall.

"It's going to be difficult to emulate what we've managed to achieve this season, but if we can add a bit more quality and retain the services of the quality we've already got - who knows."

St Austell will receive the league trophy after their last home match of the season against Camelford.

The Poltair Park club had their application for promotion to the Western League turned down by the Football Association after they failed a stadium inspection.

"We fell short this time around for different reasons but it's (promotion) something the club are very seriously considering," added Lafferty.

"If we have a strong enough season next year I think the club will be in a better position to take that opportunity."

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