Teversal playing the waiting game over league restructure

Teversal are hoping to hear next month what league they will play in next season under the big FA pyramid restructure.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 2:10 pm
Past Teversal match action.

They are hoping they could be in the new United Counties League step six division but, being among several East Midlands Counties League sides right on the border, could also end up in the Northern Counties East League.

“We would hope to hear by mid-May at the very latest,” said club secretary Kev Newton.

“I think all our local clubs staying at step six effectively fall on the boundary so will end up playing NCEL Division One or the new United Counties League, which could possibly be split into east and west step six divisions.

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“My understanding on the boundaries for the UCL are that it would be effectively from the likes of Ashby across to the Grantham area and from, for argument's sake, J28 of the M1 south to about junction 21. So the boundaries are widened. But it's marginal.

“There may be a bit more travelling, but not a lot.

“But if we ended up in the NCEL there would be a significant increase looking at travelling up to places like Hull and Harrogate."

He added: “They are both well established leagues - it's just a case of which way we go. Whichever it will increase the expenses on us. With EMC we were very fortunate that the parameters were so close to the club. But that's progress. It's the price we're going to have to pay.

"We have gone through a restructure within the senior management team as well, though it’s still the same personnel. We want to reinforce the club DNA from the first team right down to the youngest side in the club to give us a prosperous future and give local players a chance to pay at the highest level their ability allows.”

After a couple of weeks training, Teversal have been back into action with some friendlies, drawing 2-2 with Barrow Town, beating Underwood Villa 5-0 and losing 2-1 to the last kick of the game against NCEL side Parkgate on Saturday.

They plan to stop playing after next week but will continue to train throughout the summer before formal pre-season training begins in mid-June.