17 bid­ding for pro­mo­tion to HGA in 2018/19

Bangor Mail - - SPORT -

LLANGEFNI Town are among 17 clubs to ap­ply for pro­mo­tion to the Huws Gray Al­liance League in the 2018/19 sea­son.

Cefni are cur­rently sec­ond in Welsh Al­liance Divi­sion One, just a point be­hind lead­ers Conwy Bor­ough.

The Anglesey club has won the Huws Gray Al­liance ti­tle on two oc­ca­sions.

Six have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in join­ing the HGA from the Welsh Na­tional League: Brick­field Rangers, Buck­ley Town, Chirk AAA, Cor­wen, Llanuwch­llyn and Salt­ney Town, while Welsh Al­liance League as­pi­rants want­ing to move up are: Conwy Bor­ough, Llangefni and Llanrug United.

The re­main­ing eight hope­fuls are in the Mid-Wales League: Ber­riew, Carno, Knighton Town, Llan­drindod Wells, Llanfair United, Llanid­loes Town, Llan­rhaeadr-ym-Mochnant and Welsh­pool.

The 2018/19 cam­paign will be the last sea­son be­fore the league, as part of an FAW pyra­mid re­struc­ture, comes un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Wales.

Also in­volved in the re­vamp will be the three-tier Welsh Al­liance League, which has re­ceived 10 ap­pli­ca­tions to join its Divi­sion Two next sea­son.

From the Gwynedd League, Bont­newydd, Bro Goronwy, Gwalchmai, Holy­head Town, Llanys­tumdwy and Me­nai Bridge Tigers have thrown their hats into the ring.

Ap­pli­cants from the Vale of Cl­wyd and Conwy League are Kinmel Bay, Llan­fair­fechan Town and Llansan­nan.

An ap­pli­ca­tion has also come in from Glantraeth to re­join the league they re­signed from at the start of this sea­son. The Anglesey club won the Divi­sion One ti­tle last sea­son, but re­jected pro­mo­tion to the tier-two Huws Gray Al­liance as it could not meet new ground cri­te­ria. Last sum­mer the cham­pi­ons lost the ma­jor­ity of their squad, and de­spite reg­is­ter­ing to com­pete in WAL Divi­sion One for 2017/18, a lack of play­ers meant they never played a fix­ture and stepped down.

All grounds will be in­spected by the end of January to com­ply with FAW reg­u­la­tions. Clubs must then meet league ground cri­te­ria by May 30 to be con­sid­ered for pro­mo­tion for sea­son 2018/19.

It has also been con­firmed that Anglesey League clubs Val­ley and Caer­gybi have ap­plied to join the Gwynedd League for sea­son 2018/19.

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