NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Thurlow Nunn Premier Division shake-up could mean relegation for seven teams

Ely City will want to avoid the bottom seven if the FAs plans come into fruition in May.

Ely City will want to avoid the bottom seven if the FAs plans come into fruition in May. - Credit: Archant

Ely City have been handed an even bigger incentive to finish in the top half of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this season.

Football Association bosses last week penned a letter to all 24 clubs stating that up to seven sides could be relegated in May as part of a non-league reshuffle.

The news follows the FA’s plans on adding new Step 3, 4 and 5 leagues next season (2018/19) to reduce travelling time and costs for clubs.

While the news may not be of immediate concern for Brady Stone and his men – the Robins finished in 13th last term – it will no doubt be in the back of their minds. A decision on how many clubs will face the drop isn’t expected until the season’s conclusion next May.

Only one side, Swaffham Town, dropped down to the league’s First Division last season. Fellow bottom-three sides Wivenhoe Town and FC Clacton were handed a reprieve.


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