Steelmen are heading north after all

Tommy Wright's Corby Town have been switched back into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division for next season
Tommy Wright's Corby Town have been switched back into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division for next season

Corby Town will be heading north next season after all after Evesham United won their appeal to the Football Association following their controversial switch to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South.

Cinderford Town had requested that they should not be promoted to the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division having won the Division One South & West title last season.

That request had resulted in a reshuffle that was expected to see the Steelmen move back into the Southern League alongside Northamptonshire rivals Kettering Town.

But Evesham’s appeal against their move had been successful and it now means Cinderford will play in the Southern League Premier Division next season.

It also means Stamford’s reprieve from relegation has been overturned and they will join AFC Rushden & Diamonds in the Northern Premier League Division One South for the new campaign.

In their confirmation of Evesham’s successful appeal, the FA said: “The Appeal Board decided that the Leagues Committee (LC) 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 the 12th May 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.

“To confirm, the following applies: Cinderford Town FC (Southern League Premier Division), Corby Town FC (Northern Premier League Premier Division), Stamford AFC (Northern Premier League Division One South), Evesham United FC Southern League (Division One South & West).

“The decisions made in today’s Board of Appeal are final and binding on all parties.”