Destiny of North Wales Women’s Football League Division One title still in balance

Bethel and Llanfair (red) in recent action

Llanfair United have appealed to the North East Wales FA against the North Wales Women’s Football League‘s decision to award the Division One title to Bethel.

The deadline to complete all fixtures ran out on May 31, leaving one match outstanding. 

Kinmel Bay’s failure to play their final game against Llanfair left the top two in the table as follows:

Bethel: Played 14 Won 12 Drawn 0 Lost 2 Goals For 72 Goals Against 18 Points 36 Goal Difference + 54

Llanfair: Played 13 Won 11 Drawn 0 Lost 2 Goals For 63 Goals Against 12 Points 33 Goal Difference + 51

Llanfair needed to win their last match against Kinmel Bay by four clear goals to land the title on GD, but the game was not played by the May 31 cut-off, with Kinmel deciding to end their season early.

As the rule all season had been a 2-0 win for a forfeited fixture, the league decided the same would apply on this occasion and awarded Llanfair a two-goal victory.

This put Llanfair level on points with Bethel, but a goal behind them, meaning under the league’s ruling Bethel were crowned champions.

Llanfair have now appealed to the NEWFA against the decision.

Talk of an extension to the league season was not applied for, so this leaves the NEWFA with three options….

a) Apply a 2-0 win as per what the league has decided – Bethel are champions.

b) Apply the FIFA ruling that if teams concede a match a 3-0 win is the score. This means Bethel and Llanfair tie on points and goal difference and the title is shared (under the ‘amount of goals scored’ method, Bethel would be champions, but ‘goals scored’ is not included in the current league rules. NWWFL secretary Huw Jones has rewritten the rules with ‘goals scored’ being proposed valid as the third factor for next season). There is no time now to play a decider.

c) Expel Kinmel Bay from the league for not playing all their fixtures and expunge their scores. As Bethel beat Kinmel 24-0 on aggregate during the season and Llanfair have a sole 1-0 victory against Kinmel on their record, this would mean a considerable adjustment to the goal difference columns of the top two teams. If this was course of action was decided, then Llanfair would finish top on GD.

Llanfair’s appeal to the NEWFA was received on May 29. All parties involved have seven days to forward correspondence over the matter to the NEWFA. Kinmel Bay have not responded.

Things are likely to get much stricter next season with a new rule book set to be introduced which will mean fines and points deductions for teams which fail to fulfill fixtures.

This fresh rule book will go before clubs for approval at the July AGM. This season saw some teams tend to flout the rules far too readily.

The existing NWWFL rule book was not seen by present secretary Huw Jones until mid-January this year and was found to be less than straight-forward.

“I have rewritten it and if accepted things will be far improved for next season,” he said.

League membership and NEWFA Cup application forms have all gone out, to be back to the league secretary by June 30. The executive will meet early July and collate applications and recommend league formation.

The AGM will be on July 16, with full set of fixtures to be issued in August. 

“League matches will start on September 8 and everything is in place for 2019/20,” added the secretary.

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