It has been announced that Evo-Stik League members have voted 37-27 in favour of an East and West split of its step four divisions, starting next season.

The Evo-Stik North and South will therefore be replaced by these divisions. According to evostikleague.co.uk, Thursday night’s landmark vote at the Holiday Inn Wakefield saw 37 clubs vote for change with 27 opting to continue with the current north south split.

There was one abstention and three clubs were unable to attend the extraordinary general meeting to decide on the future geography of the Evo-Stik League. Originally scheduled for last Sunday before Britain’s big freeze, the meeting was called to coincide with last week’s long-awaited publication of the Football Association’s National League System Review by the FA Leagues Committee and the proposed draft boundaries for Steps 3 and 4 following the creation of the new Central Step 3 and Central Step 4 divisions for season 2018-19.

Clubs took the decision to switch after a presentation from the Evo-Stik League chairman Mark Harris and vice-chairman Keith Brown on on the background to the biggest shake-up to the Non-League pyramid since 2004 to iron out geographical anomalies, cut down on travelling costs and time and encourage more Step 5 clubs to climb the pyramid.

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