Second could be enough in Mid Wales promotion battle

A title chase is well underway in the Spar Mid Wales League One – but licensing means the battle for promotion may take another twist.

Although Rhayader are leading the pack, Berriew, Carno or Llanrhaeadr could all get promoted by finishing second in the Spar Mid Wales League 1.

As it currently stands, Rhayader could win the league in the next three games if results go their way. But with the league leaders currently failing to meet Huws Gray Alliance standards, second place would have the chance to be promoted.

Both Berriew and Carno can gain promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance with both having passed HGA standards. Both are currently battling it out for second. A statement from Berriew on the current situation said;

“We would be more than happy to gain promotion if that was the case, but we don’t think it will be enough after last weekends result.”

However, a statement from Carno gave a different view;

“We wouldn’t exactly be happy with this, as we would prefer to gain promotion via winning the league. But we have put ourselves in the position that if that is the case and we have the option to go up, then we might take it. However, it’s not something we envisage at this stage. We will wait till the 30th of April and see if Rhayader have passed or failed.”

Another team that can’t be ruled out of this is ninth placed team Llanrhaeadr. They have 4 games in hand on Berriew being 13 points behind. With them in the hunt for second, it makes it a little more interesting. Llanrhaeadr have also passed and have met the standards required to play in the Huws Gray Alliance.

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Rhayader have until the 30th of April to meet the standards of the Huws Gray Alliance.

Y Clwb Pel Droed spoke to the league’s fixture secretary Phil Woosnam, about this matter and he confirmed for me that either of the top two teams can get promoted if they have met the standards of the HGA, but no lower than second can get promoted.

The battle for promotion and the title goes on in the Spar Mid Wales League One, but it may only become clearer after licensing decisions are made on 30 April.

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