Keighley Athletic miss out on promotion despite reshuffle

After missing out on promotion from Division Two of the Wharfedale Triangle Sunday League by just four goals last season, Keighley Athletic have had further frustration thrown their way.
Athletic finished level on points with second-placed Menston Town but had an inferior goal difference and were left hoping a reshuffle of teams would possibly lead to an extra place in Division One.
It has, but it is fourth-placed Salts Sunday (who finished eight points adrift of Athletic) who have got it.
That is because of an FA ruling that two teams from the same club cannot play in the same division of any league. With Salts entering a third team for the new season, it meant their second team had to be moved up a division to accommodate them. Salts now have a team in all three divisions of the league, meaning none of them can be promoted or relegated under the present rules (unless they replace each other).
But it is not Keighley Athletic’s place that has been ‘pinched’ by Salts. Had the third team not been entered, there would have been no need to elevate any side and Division One would have run with one side fewer.

  • It will be the same situation in the Craven League, where Sutton are expected to be promoted to make room for their new reserve team in Division Four. Complications arise because Barnoldswick Barons Reserves cannot be relegated from Division Three, despite finishing in the bottom two, due to their third team already being in the lower level.

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