Sherwood Colliery promoted to East Midlands Counties League in reshuffle

Eastwood CFC v Sherwood Colliery FC action - now both are promoted
Eastwood CFC v Sherwood Colliery FC action - now both are promoted

Central Midlands League South runners-up Sherwood Colliery have now been promoted to the East Midlands Counties League alongside title-winning Eastwood CFC.

The promotion was announced today after a restructuring of leagues above the CMFL in football’s pyramid.

The CMFL also announced plans to expand their Division One and organise teams into North and South divisions at they do at their top level.

A Central Midlands League spokesman said: “At the conclusion of a very exciting season, the CMFL thought it only correct to write to the FA and draw their attention to the two runners-up in the North and South divisions.

“With so much restructuring of the National League System pyramid, the CMFL felt that on this occasion, should there be vacancies at Step 6, we would support the additional promotion of either (or both) Sherwood and Clay Cross to a higher division.

“At this week’s AGM of the East Midlands Counties League, Holbrook Sports tendered their resignation and sought a place in the CMFL South division.

“After discussions with the FA and all parties, it was agreed that Holbrook would return to the CMFL and that Sherwood would be released to take the vacant place in the EMCL.

CMFL chairman Paul Vallis said “We congratulate Sherwood Colliery on their promotion – after their amazing season.

“It is just reward for their efforts – and wish them well in the EMCL. We also offer Holbrook Sports a very warm welcome back to the CMFL after 10 years away”.

The CMFL also confirm that an extra Division One will be added for season 2018/19.

The league has accepted 13 new members into Division One for next season, meaning the Division will be split into two regional sections.

Provisionally titled Division One North and Division One South, the nomenclature will be confirmed when the full make-up of the divisions is known.

Applications for the new divisions will still be accepted until early July. An announcement on the member clubs in each division will be made at that time.

Vallis added: “A second Division at this level has been part of our league development plan for some time, and I am delighted that it has now come to fruition.”