Bowers & Pitsea are looking forward to tasting life in the Ryman League for the first time after ending a 42-year wait for promotion.

The modern club – founded in 2003 after a merger between Pitsea FC and Bowers United – beat Waltham Forest 3-0 away on Monday night to earn a place in Ryman North next term as either Essex Senior League champions or runners-up behind Basildon United who are also Ryman bound.

If Bowers beat Hullbridge Sports on Thursday night they will go up as champions with both promotions are subject to confirmation in the Football Association’s annual summer shake-up of the pyramid system and ratification by the Ryman League.

As well as earning promotion, Rob Small’s side at the Len Salmon Stadium reached the semi-final of the FA Vase this season, a 4-3 aggregate loss to Morpeth Town ending their chances of reaching Wembley Stadium’s showpiece final on May 22.


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