Town avoid relegation

Alnwick Town will not be relegated from the Northern League.

Despite the club finishing in the Division Two dropzone, they have been granted a stay of execution because Ryhope CW failed to meet ground criteria.

The FA has recently ratified the Northern League’s decision that the Wearside-based outfit should be classed as a relegated club, despite it finishing second in Division Two.

The decision is subject to appeal, but should any appeal be unsuccessful, it will mean Alnwick will be safe and fourth-placed Jarrow Roofing will be promoted to Division One.

The FA has also confirmed the promotion of Heaton Stannington and Willington from the Northern Alliance and Wearside Leagues respectively, which means that Horden CW, who finished bottom in Northern League Division Two, are relegated after 38 years Northern League membership.

League chairman Mike Amos said that he was sorry to see both clubs go.

He added: “Ryhope have had a tremendous season and have ambitious ground development plans, but they’ve been honest all along that they just didn’t meet Grade G criteria by the deadline.”

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