Ebac Northern League club Guisborough Town will take their place in the league’s top tier next season, after the Football Association handed them a reprieve from relegation into Division Two.

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The Priorymen finished the season in the final relegation spot, just one point behind Washington.

The FA’s proposed changes to the non-league pyramid meant that next season the Northern League would function with twenty one teams in Division One and twenty two teams in Division Two.

That led to an appeal from the Priorymen, as they looked to maintain their place in Division One.

When the appeal was placed club chairman Don Cowan said “We were very disappointed with the FA’s decision.  We have formally lodged our appeal and hope for a favourable outcome.

“As part of the FA’s annual review of leagues, they decided that the Ebac Northern League should have 21 teams and 22 teams in its first and second divisions respectively, despite the fact that the league recommended that it should be 22 and 21.

“The FA has granted reprieves to a number of other clubs at Step 5, with most leagues at our level operating with either 20 or 22 teams in their top division.  The Northern League and one other would be the only leagues with their top division operating with fewer teams than its lower division.”

Their appeal has been successful and Guisborough Town will now kick off the next season at step five of the non-league pyramid.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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