NEW MILLS AFC has expressed disappointment at the decision to place the club in Division One South of the Evo-Stik League for the 2011/12 season.
Last season’s North West Counties League Premier Division champions failed in their bid to overturn the FA National League Committee’s decision to move them into the south division - having provisionally allocated the club a place in the north division.
An appeal hearing at Pride Park in Derby last Friday culminated a hectic and intense week of negotiations, during which club representatives had expressed their serious concerns at the decision to the relevant footballing authorities.
New Mills subsequently failed to overturn the decision, and on Saturday the Evo-Stik League confirmed at its Annual General Meeting in Blackpool that the Millers would play in Division One South for the 2011/12 season.
The Church Lane club later said in a statement: “While the decision to place the club in the South Division is a disappointing one, the committee couldn’t have done anything more in putting their appeal forward to the relevant footballing authorities, but now is the time to move on and to look forward to the exciting new challenges ahead.
“Nothing should detract from the achievement that the club will very shortly commence playing at their highest level of semi-professional football in its long and proud history.”
Behind-the-scenes talks with the management and players were expected to take place this week, as the club plans ahead for the new season, and a Fans Forum will be held in the Clubhouse tonight (Thursday) at 7.45pm when committee members will be on hand to update fans and answer any questions about recent events.
The statement added: “The decision to laterally move the club from its original place in the North Division had a knock-on effect on numerous things, none more so than pre-season friendlies where games were arranged and then subsequently cancelled against teams which the club would meet in Evo-Stik League fixtures.”
The Millers have now confirmed a series of pre-season friendlies, including the visit of Stockport County to Church Lane.
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from New AFC Mills