PLAYERS and officials at Harborough Town are on tenterhooks as they wait to hear whether their promotion to the top flight of the United Counties League is actually to happen.
Harborough looked destined for a place in the premier division after finishing second to Huntingdon in division one.
But the league was forced to block the step-up because the club had failed to meet the necessary ground requirements by the stipulated date of March 31, in that the Bowdens Park venue did not then possess a stand.
However Harborough remained hopeful this week that the promotion would go ahead, based on their assurance to the league that the installation of a stand was imminent.
The UCL has responded supportively, by trying to make a special case of the club to allow them to go up a division after all. But the final decision – which is expected within days – rests with the FA’s League Committee.
Andrew Wilson, Town’s first team manager, said it was a time of “immense frustration” for the club.
He added: “The league didn’t promote us because rules are rules and we didn’t meet the ground criteria on that date, but I think they do actually want us in the premier division.”
The decision-making process is likely to be made more complex by the fact that several teams have dropped out of the league recently. However that could well be a factor that works in Harborough’s favour.
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