EVESHAM United chairman Jim Cockerton was a happy man after ‘common sense prevailed’ as the Robins won their appeal against the decision to move them to Northern Premier League Division One South.
This morning (Wednesday) United officials were told their appeal to the Football Association against a move to the Northern Premier League Division One South had been successful and the club will remain a Southern League Division One South & West outfit.
Paul Collicutt’s side had been placed in the Northern League set-up in a reshuffle as a result of Southern League Division One South & West champions Cinderford Town deciding they did not want to be promoted.
However, the Appeal Board’s decision means the Gloucestershire side will now be forced to take up their position in the Southern League Premier Division.
A statement read: “The Appeal Board decided the Leagues Committee failed to apply the regulation relevant to clubs being promoted from Step 4 to Step 3 as winners of their division and, in particular, that accepting an application for non-promotion was not an option available to the LC.
“Therefore, the Board exercised their right under Regulation 3.3(2) of the Regulations for Football Association Appeals to “exercise any power that which the body against whose decision the appeal was made could have exercised” and order that the original publication of the Club Allocations on May 12 be re-instated with immediate effect.
“For the avoidance of doubt this order applies only to the situation affecting the decision surrounding Cinderford Town FC and other affected clubs and does not affect any other decision determined by earlier Appeal Boards elsewhere within the pyramid.”
Robins chairman Cockerton said: “Evesham United Football Club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support in overturning the Football Association’s decision to move us to the Northern Premier League.
“We are very grateful to the Football Association for listening to our case.
“The backing we’ve had from all over the country has been overwhelming and we believe that the correct decision has been made.
“We are an ambitious and progressive club and look forward to our 24th consecutive season in the Southern League.
“The FA have applied the rules and seen the error of their ways, so common sense has prevailed.”