Handsworth poised to lodge appeal

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HANDSWORTH have vowed to appeal against their relegation from Division One of the Baris Northern Counties East League.

The non league outfit, who entered the competition two years ago, finished top-of-the-table on 82 points and beat close rivals Worksop Parramore last weekend to secure the championship.

In a statement on the club’s website last night, chairman John Ward said: “This (relegation) is due to the fact that our home ground at Olivers Mount does not meet the required ground grade of the Football Association to continue playing at their level of football.

“Although I accept that we as a club have failed in our attempt to secure the £250,000 required to build pitch side facilities by March 31 2012, it has not been for the lack of trying.”

The club cited a ground share with Matlby Main but the proposal was rejected by the NCEL board.

“If we are unsuccessful in our appeal, I would like to place on record my thanks to clubs, management and playing staffs we have come across in our short spell in the NCEL,” said Ward.

“We are not bowing out without fighting our corner with the appeal and we will be giving it our all to secure the Presidents Cup on Wednesday.”