Alnwick to face new challenge in Alliance

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It’s all change at Alnwick Town for the forthcoming season after it was confirmed the club have been relegated from the Northern League after finishing bottom of Division 2 last season.

For the forthcoming campaign the St James’ Park outfit will ply their trade in the Northern Alliance Premier Division.

Originally the club had appealed their relegation, but following a meeting of the management committee it was decided to withdraw the appeal.

A statement said: “For the 2018/19 season, Alnwick Town will be competing in the Northern Alliance Premier Division.

“As a club we now look forward to the new challenge ahead in the Northern Alliance with our new management structure in place.”

And for new manager Paul Yeadon it’s a fresh challenge, and one he is looking forward to.

Yeadon said: “We have got some younbg, local players in and we want to get that buzz back around the town which is very important as we try to take the club forward.”

With a new management team around him, Yeadon is hoping for a top five finish in the Alliance Premier.

He says he would also like to get a good cup run going and is looking forward to some local support to back the team on the field.

After a season with no local representation in the Alliance, Alnwick and district will have two teams playing in the league in 2018-19 following Rothbury’s step-up from the North Northumberland League.

This week it was revealed another team was withdrawing from the NNL, with Tweedmouth Harrow on the move.

The Berwick side, who have enjoyed 15 seasons in the North Northumberland League, have switched to the Border Amateur League.

They made an application to join the BAL and their move was confirmed last week.

It is the second time the Harrow will have played in the BAL, and they will now play alongside three other Berwick-based clubs in the shape of Tweedmouth Amateurs, Berwick Colts and Highfields United.

A statement from the club said they were delighted to make the move.

“We have made huge progress in the last few seasons on and off the pitch and we feel now is the right time for a new challenge,” they said.