Non-League football: Clubs agree to merge

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Two local clubs are to merge.

Handsworth and Worksop Parramore are to join forces next season and be known as Handsworth Parramore.

The plans are to eventually have a ground in the Handsworth area and the respective chairmen, Handsworth’s John Ward and Parramore’s Pete Whitehead, are heading up the search for a ground suitable for Northern Counties East League football.

It follows nine months of negotiations with the FA who have finally granted permission for the merger and new name.

Handsworth Parramore will play in the Toolstation North Counties East League’s Premier Division - where the present Worksop Parramore club plays. Their ground is at Sandy Lane, Worksop.

There will be a second team known as Handsworth Parramore Reserves in the Pete‘s Patisserie Windsor Food Service County Senior League Premier Division.

Handsworth left the Northern Counties East League over ground grading problems and are currently in the County Senior League.

The two chairman say they are delighted with the merger and thank all those who have helped put it in place.

Handsworth’s John Ward said it will strengthen the club and all their young players - they run teams from U7s to U21s - will have an even brighter future at a progressive club. They will have a team in the County Senior League’s Under 21’s League next season.

n Rotherham’s AFP won the Mexborough Montagu Cup for a third successive year beating Swinton Athletic 1-0 with an 80th minute Rob Branagan goal but were pushed all the way by the young Swinton side who were unfortunate to lose.

AFP are also in the Rotherham Charity Cup Final and will play JSS Pot at New York Stadium on Friday, May 16.