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FA Deliver Badgers Promotion Verdict

16th May, 2012

The Football Association have today ruled that Retford United's bid for promotion to the Evo-Stik League is to be turned down.

A statement from the Baris NCEL Premier Division champions reads as follows: "Retford United Football Club have this evening been informed by the Football Association that their application for promotion from the Northern Counties East League to the Northern Premier League has been turned down, and they will be informing the Leagues Committee of this decision prior to the League Constitutions being confirmed.

"The club were called to a meeting at the FA Headquarters, Wembley at short notice on Monday morning where they were in front of a Leagues committee to discuss several areas including the Clubs Governance, Finance and Security of Tenure.

"While the club were complimented in the commitment shown since the formation of the new committee, there were still several outstanding issues that have forced the decision to be made, and the Football Association believe that it will be of a longer term benefit to the club that we remain in the Northern Counties East League.

"The club are obviously disappointed with the decision, and the committee will be meeting in the coming week to discuss the way forward and further announcements will be made in due course.

"Retford United have this evening spoken to the Northern Counties East League who have offered their full support to the club moving forward into the 2012/13 season."

The Baris NCEL will not be making any further comment at this time.

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
1 Retford United 38 85 55
2 Bridlington Town 38 84 60
3 Scarborough Athletic 38 74 46
4 Brighouse Town 38 73 34
5 Staveley Miners Welfare 38 71 14
6 Winterton Rangers 38 68 22
7 Parkgate 38 67 27
8 Tadcaster Albion 38 67 18
9 Arnold Town 38 63 10
10 Thackley 38 62 12
11 Barton Town Old Boys 38 53 -3
12 Pickering Town 38 51 -1
13 Armthorpe Welfare 38 50 -1
14 Liversedge 38 41 -18
15 Long Eaton United 38 34 -25
16 Hall Road Rangers (-3) 38 34 -29
17 Nostell Miners Welfare 38 32 -38
18 Maltby Main 38 29 -43
19 Lincoln Moorlands Railway 38 25 -56
R Selby Town 38 12 -84
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
R Handsworth 38 82 49
P Glasshoughton Welfare 38 79 45
P Worksop Parramore 38 77 43
4 Albion Sports 38 76 36
5 Pontefract Collieries 38 72 37
6 Eccleshill United (2) 38 66 26
7 Rossington Main 38 64 28
8 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 38 60 7
9 Dinnington Town 38 60 1
10 AFC Emley (-1) 38 57 14
11 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 38 57 9
12 Louth Town 38 55 -3
13 Shirebrook Town 38 51 0
14 Hallam 38 51 -8
15 Teversal 38 51 -12
16 Bottesford Town 38 33 -31
17 Askern Villa 38 33 -33
18 Yorkshire Amateur 38 28 -59
19 Grimsby Borough 38 26 -56
20 Appleby Frodingham 38 8 -93

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