A HUGE sigh of relief has swept through the Harborough Town camp after it was announced they would be going up to the premier division of the United Counties League after all.
Despite Town finishing as runners-up in division one to earn one of two promotion places up for grabs, the league initially had no option but to block their step-up to the top flight as the club had failed to meet a ground improvements deadline.
But the UCL then did a U-turn and started to fight the corner for Harborough, mindful of the fact that an ordered stand for the Bowdens Park ground was installed last month and that clubs elsewhere had dropped out of the league, leaving a membership shortfall.
UCL officials urged the FA to make a special case of the Harborough club and to allow the promotion to go ahead – a request which has now been granted by the footballing authority.
Andrew Wilson, Town’s first team manager, had recently spoken of the club’s “immense frustration” at seeing their promotion hopes dashed.
But this week senior club trustee Andrew Winston said that had now been replaced by feelings of joy and relief.
He said: “There have been a lot of changes and the league went to the FA seeking permission to allow us into the premier division, with the result we have got promotion.”
Mr Winston said the move up presented Town with “an enormous challenge going forward” – but it was a challenge the club relished.
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