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WELSHPOOL STAY IN PREMIER
Premier football will be played at Maesydre next season
WELSHPOOL Town have been reprieved from relegation to the Cymru Alliance.
The decision was rubber stamped at yesterday's meeting of the FA of Wales in Llandrindod Wells.
With the threat of arbitration and a delayed start to the season, the Welsh Premier and the FAW brokered a deal.
The Lilywhites will be included in a 17-club league following the merger of Oswestry Town and the Saints.
Delighted Welshpool chairman, Steve Hughes, praised the work of FAW council member for mid-Wales, Phil Pritchard, for his efforts in presenting the club's case.
However, Hughes is fully aware that survival will be even tougher in the future with plans to reduce the league to 14 clubs.
"It's going to be a challenge, but hopefully the experience gained from last season will put us in good stead," he added.
Manager Russ Cadwallader said: "It has not been an easy time for the club and we are just glad a compromise has been reached.

'In limbo'
"Since the end of last season the whole club, including the players, has been in limbo and we are relieved we can now look to the future."
Welshpool finished second from bottom in the league last season, but argued they should avoid the drop because only one club had qualified for promotion from the two feeder leagues.
Neath's application to join the league was thrown out, as their ground did not meet the necessary criteria.
Although Town then received the backing of Welsh Premier member clubs, by 15-2, to remain in the League, the FAW exercised its 'golden share' to throw them out.
Now Premier football will be back at Maesydre (pictured) next season.
Meanwhile, Russ Cadwallader has named Steve Pritchard as his assistant and is hoping 'keeper Steve Goodwin will stay with the club, although he has recently been training with Newtown.

3 July 2021