WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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WELSH Alliance champions Glantraeth, who won the title by 16 points, have rejected promotion to the second-tier Huws Gray Alliance League, opening the way for runners-up Llandudno Junction to step-up in their place.

After a meeting last night, the Anglesey outfit issued a statement which says: "In the past we have always accepted promotion from the Welsh Alliance and have enjoyed considerable success at the higher level, it was then a comparatively easy decision to make.

"However, it is now a whole new ball game with the huge changes to the criteria for membership of the Huws Gray Alliance that have been introduced.

"A 250 seater stand as required within two years is simply not possible on our privately owned ground, that is a fact, so accepting promotion would mean making a big commitment but with no long term future in the higher league as we would be relegated back to the Welsh Alliance no matter what our league position due to not meeting the ground criteria as specified by the FAW.

"That would be an indignity in itself and hardly registers as progress. It would not give us the kind of stability we want so have decided we would be better served by continuing to operate and build as a Welsh Alliance club."