South Walian clubs apply for promotion to Welsh Football League

Clubs have submitted their applications to join the Welsh Football League Division Three, should they achieve promotion. 

The Welsh Football League has five feeder divisions feeding into it and the clubs involved had a deadline of December 31st. Each applicant will now have their club and ground assessed by the Welsh Football League to see if it is capable of passing the criteria.

All clubs who have applied have come from either the Gwent County League Division one and the South Wales Alliance League Premier Division.

There has been no applications from the Carmarthenshire League Premier Division, the Neath & District League Premier Division, The Pembrokeshire League Division One or the Swansea Senior League Division One.

Gwent County League leaders Abertillery Bluebirds who play on an artificial pitch have applied.

Caerphilly have also applied and hold a one-point lead over Ynyshir Albion’s, but have played three games more.

Speaking to Y Gêm back in November, Abertillery Bluebirds manager Allan Stokes spoke of his determination to get Abertillery into the Welsh League this campaign.

They missed out on promotion, with Albion Rovers going up instead.

“Everyone has been more determined this season to put it right and show everyone we should have gone up last season.

“A couple of new faces have come in to give us that extra push but it’s made us more determined than anything to get to the Welsh League again.”

Abercarn United who are also one of the applicants for the Welsh Football League has offered their opinion.

Manager Andrew Morgan who ended a ten-year exile away from football currently sees his side third in the Division, seven points behind leaders Abertillery but with two games in hand.

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Speaking to Y Gem, he believes his side are ready for the Welsh League.

“We’re ready off the field and in all my time in playing or being involved in football this club has got to be the best committee I’ve ever experienced at any level.

“We’ve got a great junior and youth system in place which will continue to improve us as a club.”

The full list of applicants

Gwent County League Division One:

Abercarn United

Abertillery Bluebirds

Cwmbran Town

Lliswerry

Ynysddu Welfare

South Wales Alliance League Premier Division:

Brecon Corries

Caerphilly Athletic

Cardiff Draconians

Cefn Cribwr BC

Sully Sports

Ynyshir Albions

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