FA must get the decision right on Wroxham
Writing in his Saturday column, Chief EDP Sports writer Chris Lakey, urges the FA to place Wroxham in the Ryman League Division One North.
Of the big three non-league teams vying for promotion honours this season, only Wroxham managed to make the big leap. Winning the Eastern Counties League title means they are entitled to promotion.
Lowestoft Town missed out via the play-offs again in their bid to join the Conference set-up, while Kings Lynn were agonisingly pipped to the post in the United Counties League.
Lynn discovered yesterday that they have won promotion through default – and they should find out next week which league they will play in next season.
Wroxham will also discover where the FA are going to put them.
Let’s just hope the FA get it right; it is paramount they do.
The plans to reorganise the Step Five of the football pyramid were scrapped because they were unworkable; clubs rebelled because financially, for many, it made no sense.
Wroxham are a good example of a club that needs to be regarded with some care, that needs to be looked at as part of the community, not attached to a pin stuck somewhere in East Anglia.
Wroxham are trying to better themselves, but for all football clubs at their level, every penny is a prisoner. They don’t waste cash.
What Wroxham don’t want is to be placed in the Northern League South. I’ve heard one insider describe that as “a disaster” in the making. Lynn may go there and the suggestion is the FA believe it would be good to have two Norfolk clubs there. Why? Will they share the same bus?
What the FA need to understand is how difficult it is to get from Wroxham to all points north. Apart from distance, the roads are awful – I do believe their route would take them past my house and I know what a rotten road that is.
Wroxham didn’t consider Northern League South as an option. What would be spot on – and sensible- is a place in Ryman League Division One North. Travelling is easier, the routes are better, the finances less (even then it would double their travelling distance).
Frankly, if it isn’t the Ryman then the hopes of promotion are killed – not just for Wroxham but for most other clubs in Norfolk who could find themselves in Wroxham’s situation.