Non league football: Busy summer for everyone!

Hallam's players celebrate their fourth goal in the 4 - 1 home win vs AFC Emley last season.
Hallam's players celebrate their fourth goal in the 4 - 1 home win vs AFC Emley last season.

Little do most realise that League Committees work harder in the summer, than they do during the season itself. All well run leagues are put together during the summer months and this year is certainly no exception.

The North Counties East League held their Annual General Meeting at Scarborough last Saturday and they made a significant change to their constitution.

For the first time ever the promotion and relegation of clubs will be decided this season by the Football Association in London.

But, in an unprecedented and shock vote the application by Shaw Lane Aqua Force to be promoted to Division One as winners of the Windsor Food Service County Senior League was rejected by a large majority of the clubs who now await the outcome of a meeting in London.

Other news from the conference included in the coming season their Premier Division will be increased to 24 clubs, whilst Division One will remain at 22.

The Premier Division sees Scarborough Athletic promoted to the Evo-Stik League Division One North whilst relegated down to the North Counties East Leagues Premier Division are Garforth from Division One North and Hucknall from Division One South.

Relegated from the Premier Division One are Hall Road Rangers, whilst one of the league’s founder members Arnold Town, after losing their administration appeal are relegated as well, but at their own request they are going down a further division to the East Midlands League.

Promoted are Athersley Recreation and Albion Sports from Division One, whilst Basford United join the league from the East Midlands League.

In Division One, relegated are bottom club Askern Welfare who drop down to the Central Midland League. Dronfield Town as winners of the Central Midlands League North join the league, whilst Shaw Lane Aqua Force as winners of the Windsor Food Service Premier Division also seek promotion to Division One.

However, Penistone Church have appealed to the Football Association against Aqua Forces’ inclusion on the basis that their ground was not ready on the deadline date of March 31

The FA must now decided which of these two clubs will be allowed into the league.

The NCE League Cup draw Preliminary Round: Cleethorpes Town v Hallam, Teversal v Dinnington Town. In Round One the draw includes: AFC Emley v Teversal or Dinnington Town, Dronfield Town v Shaw Lane Aqua Force or Penistone Church, Eccleshill United v Cleethorpes Town or Hallam and Pontefract Colliery or Shirebrook Town v Worsbrough Bridge.

Round Two includes: Parkgate v Heanor Town, Nostell Miners Welfare v Staveley, Bridlington Town v Athersley Recreation. Maltby Main and Hallam are away and Dinnington Town at home if they win in the earlier rounds.